Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Techniques/Interface: Reddit.com is a social news website that hosts a collection of entries submitted by registered users. These registered users are called "Redditors". The website essentially works like a bulletin board. Redditors post pictures, videos, web links, news articles, and even sometimes classified information. Many redditors up vote and down vote submission to determine their rank on the "front page", and often converse via comments. In addition to the front page, there are also many subreddits categories that concentrate on specific topics. Reddit is very fun, but can also be very controversial.

Development: Reddit was founded in 2005 by two University of Virginia graduates, in Medford, MA. Reddit was founded as an open community and remains true to that today. In 2008, Reddit became an open source project, allowing all website code and libraries to be free online. In 2010, Reddit introduced a subscription to Reddit Gold, which offered new features and attracted a lot of attention. Reddit has also been a leader in the prevention of Internet censorship. In 2012, Reddit participated in the online blackout, in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act. Sooner after, it also joined the Internet Defense League to organize future protests.

Peak: With the boom of the Internet now in full force, Reddit is at the top of its game and pioneering online social news. Although criticized for being inappropriate and offensive at times, Reddit is the people's news website. Unlike broadcast news stations, Reddit allows its users to determine what needs to known.

Prediction: I predict that Reddit will always continue to be more honest than broadcast news stations. Articles and posts on Reddit come from the people's interests, rather than what generates higher ratings and more revenue. Reddit is a commander in the digital age, and has the potential to be the next generations next news source.


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