Switching It Up

Viral? That’s So 5 Minutes Ago

March 30, 2017
Viral? That’s so 5 minutes ago.

If you’re not using Reddit, you’re probably 6-8 hours behind on what will soon go viral.

Reddit is a social news, idea, and media sharing/discussion website. Download a reddit client (on iOS, Android, Windows, Mac) for a more enjoyable experience.

Why It Works Well

  1. Users can create “subreddits” for common interests. Subscribe to the ones that interest you.
  2. Users “upvote” and “downvote” posts, and comments. The users decide what’s relevant, great, fun, etc. Often, the comments to a post will be funnier, more interesting etc. than the post itself.
  3. Has its own lingo. Here’s a quick intro:
    1. ELI5 = Explain Like I’m Five [years old.] Complex ideas broken down into laymen’s terms
    2. LPT = Life Pro Tip – lifehacks, etc.
    3. TIL = Today I Learned – for interesting history tidbits, life lessons, etc.
    4. OP = Original Poster – refers to the person who posted the original item.
    5. AMA = Ask Me Anything. Often celebrities, famous people, etc. participate in a q&a session with redditors.
    6. TL;DR = Too Long, Didn’t Read – usually a summary of a long post.

Subreddits To Get You Started

  1. https://www.reddit.com/r/all/ – Medley of everything
  2. https://www.reddit.com/r/popular/ – The most popular posts right now
  3. https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/ – See 3c above
  4. https://www.reddit.com/r/news/ – Self explanatory
  5. https://www.reddit.com/r/LifeProTips/ – See 3b above

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