Reddit.com

Posted: February 11, 2011 by Adam Hodnett in Uncategorized

I made r/STUJournalism to try and explain how Reddit.com works. It’s by far my favorite site on the Internet, and I’d like to know what you guys think.

I find it solves the problem of online clutter and disorganized comment boards, and it seems super useful for journalists.

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Comments
  1. Mike Carter says:

    Interesting site. Thanks man!

    • sharonfawcett says:

      Adam, I can see how this would be a really useful tool. I’m a technology “dinosaur” (to borrow one of Philip’s terms), so I’m not sure I could master Reddit. I still haven’t entirely figured out how to use the IPod Nano I got for Christmas a year ago!

      I currently keep up with news on specific topics of interest by creating Google Alerts for each topic. However, I find it takes way too long to weed through the stories I’m sent. Lately, I’ve just been deleting the alerts that flood my inbox every day. Maybe when I get some time, I’ll look into Reddit. Thanks for the heads up.

      • Adam Hodnett says:

        I know the feeling. Reddit is really quite simple once you get your head around it. It’s a lot like a standard forum, but with a few tweaks to make it much more efficient, and intelligent (you’ll get downvoted right out of a conversation for grammatical errors in some reddits).

        Ever use RSS feeds? That’s how I follow specific websites without making my inbox a mess. I just use the Google web app and scroll down the headlines for a bunch of sites in one place.

  2. Mike Carter says:

    A bit of overflow exists on the internet. A bit of rumor flows through it as well. There is no way around it, too much is too much. But if you are going to support “new media” where are the limits? Are their limits? What are the limits? How many feeds do you delete that you may want to follow up on later? Are important things disregarded because there is “too much”?

    • Adam Hodnett says:

      Really interesting questions. My first thought is–what is ‘important’?

      I always argue that the internet allows for unlimited personal growth, and therefore there’s no such thing as too much information. I guess shared common knowledge gets sacrificed, but one of my personal interests is current affairs, so I actively seek it. I get how a lot of people don’t, but does it matter if they don’t want to? I’m cool with it as long as they don’t force me to ignore it as well.

      I also point out, quite often, how even though the internet connects us all, it actually divides us. It creates niches, and specialized communities that could never physically interact because they’re too spread out. So instead of being forced to be involved with things by circumstance, we’re involved with things by choice.

      So I really don’t know if we need limits. I feel like people regulate themselves, because they simply don’t have enough time in the day, and that’s OK. Pursue what excites you. Life’s too short.

      So I think I define important as ‘important to me.’ It may be self absorbed, but I think it’s realistic, and rewarding in a strange way.

      Any thoughts?

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