Yesterday, Mashable posted a story stating that Reddit is valued at a whopping $240 million. Reddit is one of those things where I had heard the name over the years, but didn’t quite know what it was. Then, I read this article in New York Magazine over the summer that kind of piqued my interest, but with my busy schedule, Reddit once again crawled to the back of my mind. It wasn’t until PR Daily posted this infographic that I finally decided I should give this thing a chance and I have over the past few days.
As a newbie, Reddit is pretty intimidating. Redditors speak their own language and have their own rules or “Reddiquette.” These rules can vary from subreddit to subreddit. Subreddits are Reddits dedicated to a particular topic where you can submit a text post or a link. The biggest thing with Reddit is it is a community where you are supposed to engage in conversation, read, comment and share valuable information. Reddiquette states that very few of your links should be from your own blog or website, if at all. Or at least that is what I read on one list of rules.
I spent a little time on a couple subreddits, reading and commenting. I also submitted a couple blog posts that I thought would be interesting and relevant to the particular subreddits. I definitely got a lot of clicks and some up votes (oh yeah, Redditors can give you up or down arrows on posts). However, I also got some really nasty comments about my Coffee Shop Etiquette post from a barista subreddit. As a former barista, I thought the community would find it funny, but of course people get really brave on the Internet.
I’m still not sure if I will ever be a Redditor or if I want to be. But, if you’re gonna give it a try, this video might help: