Reddit: The Little Social Media Engine That Could

By Kimberlee Morrison 


Since being founded in 2005 reddit has been growing steadily, according to a new study from software engineer and Reddit user Max Woolf (u/minimaxir). The study, which analyzed 41 million posts over a the course of two years, indicates that Reddit may be the social media version of The Little Engine That Could, making slow but steadily progress.

Daily Dot contributor Fernando Alfonso III notes that Reddit is one of the last bastions of both classic internet forum layout and internet forum attitude where people are still free to use pseudonyms.

It’s getting harder to stay anonymous online, as more social media websites shackle themselves to your real life details. Google + got a lot of flack for demanding real name use, people grumble about fake Twitter accounts, and an increasing number of websites require your phone number for security verification.

All Reddit asks for is an email address and a user name. Verifying your email address is not hard and it’s not even mandatory. The function of deleting an account is also readily available and non-reversible. On the other hand, other social networks have deactivation options, hiatus modes, and periods of time where your account can be reactivated.

Reddit has seen an increase of 66.48 submissions per day, which calculates out to an extra 24,259 per year, according to the study. While this growth is by no means explosive, these numbers do indicate clear linear progress. Subreddits, smaller sub-forums that serve niche markets, have also shown a similar pattern of growth. More than 120,000 have already been created this year, a nearly 10 percent increase over 2012.

Geocities have gone the way of dial up modems. Slashdot and digg have seen various falters, stumbles and dizzying highs. And reddit just keeps chugging along, doing what it always has done.

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