What are some must follow subreddits
What is reddit A beginner's guide
Posting on a subreddit is inherently the same process for everyone, but many have different rules. So make sure you read this before you post anything. The platform is notorious for being strict about this to keep the subreddit on topic and stop spammers.
Read our How to Create a Subreddit blog post if you want to know how to create your own subreddit.
Simply put, Reddit can be viewed as a huge forum made up of many smaller forums.
Who is using Reddit?
As we mentioned earlier, there are a lot of people and they are also very dedicated users. When it comes to demographics, we're pretty much in the dark.
One of the great features of Reddit is the possibility of anonymity. You don't have to enter more than an email address and a username. However, there is some research on demographics.
In 2016, a poll in a Pew Research study found that 67% of Reddit users are men and 64% are between 18 and 29 years old. The survey also found that 70% are white. So above all young, white and male. Another study (albeit less solid) comes to similar conclusions.
However, these results do not tell us the big picture. If we look at the subreddits, it quickly becomes clear that this demographic isn't evenly spread across the page.
Subreddits can be set up on all sorts of topics and thus target many different interested parties. For example, the TwoXChromosomes subreddit is aimed at women. Then there are subreddits for different races, countries, cities and much, much more. In other words, the aggregate data often obscures the diversity that Reddit has.
It's a kind of gamification concept - every user has a karma score. This gives an indication of the quality of a user's comments and submissions, based on the up and down votes. If your comments and submissions get a lot of upvotes, then your karma goes up. If they get a lot of downvotes, your karma will go down.
You will not receive any prizes or other material things for this. Rather, it provides other clues as to whether you're a good user of the site. And of course you can brag about it.
Reddit Gold is a premium membership that offers users additional benefits. You can turn off ads, create subreddits that are only visible to others with Gold membership, and create your own avatars. No basic things to be able to use the site, just additional features.
An important aspect is the possibility to be able to give gold to other users. This is a popular way of showing how much you like someone's post. A person can give gold for any reason, such as a great joke, a heartbreaking story, or simply out of generosity.
The gold is helping Reddit keep the site up and running. A daily target box is depicted on the side at all times. It is said that if goals are met, it will cover the daily cost of Reddit, but that has not been 100% verified.
Ask Me Anythings (AMAs)
This concept didn't originate on Reddit, but AMAs are probably the most popular hangout on Reddit right now. AMAs are exactly what they sound like. One person answers questions about all kinds of things from users of the site.
There's a whole subreddit for her on Reddit: r / lamA. These are in the format "I am a ***, ask me anything". The stars can be replaced with anything from the "baker" to the "atomic physicist". Other subreddits hold their own AMAs based on a specific theme, such as an AMA from a composer in a classical music subreddit.
This format has become very popular. So popular that a number of celebrities attended, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barack Obama, and Neil Degrasse Tyson.
Even though you can remain anonymous, Reddit has a track record of your activity on the site. This includes a list of submissions, comments and the number of your karma points. It also shows how much Reddit Gold you've bought, your trophy box of achievements, and the subreddits you're moderating.
The profiles are kept very simple and straightforward, but Reddit has plans. They are currently rolling out new profiles that will allow you to choose a photo, including a bio, and write a post on your own page. It's nothing big, but many in the community expressed concern that Reddit might become like Facebook or Tumblr. There were also concerns about anonymity on the site.
The new profiles apply to all users, but the option to remain anonymous remains.
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