Reddit or Not Reddit?

Last week I explored a new social media site, Reddit. I personally enjoy social media sites and I am a frequent user of the well known sites (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest). Now, I have never heard of Reddit, but have been in conversations with peers about how they use this site. So, I gave it a shot and took some time to explore what it was all about.

My first thought: OVERWHELMING.  So many links, so many topics, and no organization.  There are discussions on everything! On the homepage, there are a lot of pointless (well to me) discussions forums… i.e. “This is why I kill spiders” or “When you photoshop Donald Trumps lips onto his eyes he literally looks the same.” If you want to know more about x, y, or z, just type it in the search bar, and there you go. In a few seconds, you have numerous topics and discussions on that topic.

I did search a few things that interest me (i.e snowboarding, sports, Colorado, elearning).  Each search brought me to a bunch of links where I could decide what to read. I have a passion for snowboarding, and so when I searched snowboarding, a wide variety of links were found.

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Personally, I don’t see myself using Reddit daily.  I don’t like the organization of the site and just feel overwhelmed by the amount of information.  In my opinion, I would rather use a search engine to find information about the topics I wish to explore.  Professionally, unless someone shared a link with me to check out, this would not be my first stop to find information.  Maybe with some more time and knowledge of Reddit, I could find some value in it. What are your thoughts on Reddit? What do you use it for?


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