Why I Love Reddit

I can take or leave Facebook.  I think Twitter is largely a spam-fest.  Google+ is a beautifully designed, empty place.  But let me be clear about one thing: I love me some Reddit.

reddit-300x300

For those about to be rocked, Reddit is an online community:

known for its open nature and diverse user community that generate its content.  Its demographics allows for wide-ranging subject areas, or main subreddits, that receive much attention, as well as the ability for smaller subreddits to serve more niche purposes.  The unique possibilities that subreddits provide create new opportunities for raising attention and fostering discussion across many areas.  In gaining popularity in terms of unique users per day, Reddit has been a platform for many to raise publicity for a number of causes.  And with that increased ability to garner attention and a large audience, users can use one of the largest communities on the Internet for new, revolutionary, and influential purposes.

Think of it as a very active message board populated, largely, by tech-savvy and knowledgeable users.

Enough nerd-talk.  Let me show you why I love it.

Today, I came across an article describing a guy’s 10-year old Civilization game:

The world is a hellish nightmare of suffering and devastation.  There are 3 remaining super nations in the year 3991 A.D, each competing for the scant resources left on the planet after dozens of nuclear wars have rendered vast swaths of the world uninhabitable wastelands.

I was a huge fan of Civilization for a long time.  So this was something I was very interested in reading about.  And of course it originated on Reddit.  Not only is there a great write-up by the player himself, there are (as of this moment) 3000 comments.

civ-300x244

Even better, there is now a subreddit dedicated to ending the 1700 year war between the Celts, the Vikings and the Americans.

Nowhere on the internets is the potential for interesting reading higher than at Reddit.

If you are just learning about Reddit, go check it out.  You can thank me later.

2 responses to “Why I Love Reddit

  1. Easily one of my favorite sites on the web. Any particular sub-reddits you enjoy Kent?

  2. IAMA is my favorite (I think it’s the most interesting thing on the net). Also TIL, AskReddit and, for grins, WTF. For content specific stuff, Game of Thrones and printSF.