Reddit is a forum-based social media platform. Using the Reddit app or website, users can post text, images, videos, and links for other users of Reddit to see. The Reddit app is compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows. On laptops and PCs, Reddit can be accessed through the Reddit website.
Downloading and Installing Reddit
It is easy to download and install Reddit on your device. The Google Play app store and the Apple App Store make it easy to install Reddit with just a press of a button. The Reddit app downloads and installs very quickly on iOS, Android, and Windows devices. The Reddit app itself does not take up much space on your device, which is great! Reddit is also free, you do not need to pay anything to use the app. Do note that Reddit is marked as appropriate for ages 17 and older, and is not intended for use by young children.
Reddit also has a pleasant and intuitive user interface that is sleek and modern. Text is displayed in clear, readable font, images and video load quickly, the ads on the website are relatively few and are not intrusive. Additionally, unlike some other websites or apps, Reddit has a built-in dark mode, which is easy on the eyes, makes reading text on the site and app easier, and is quite stylish. The dark mode can be toggled on and off in the main menu of the app. Speaking of menus, menus in the Reddit app are easy to navigate and have clearly listed functions. The menus also don’t malfunction when the phone’s back button is used, as is sometimes the case with certain apps.
Reddit’s claim to fame is its tightly-knit communities centered around certain interests – subreddits. Subreddits function kind of like forums where everyone can post whatever content they like, related to the subreddit topic. For example, the subreddit r/cats is devoted entirely to pictures of cats and advice for cat owners. Subreddits can be really broad or really specific, which is what makes Reddit unique, as compared to other social media platforms. Instead of following certain users, people join subreddits and follow that specific interest that they enjoy. Many of these subreddit communities are so tightly-knit that they even come up with their own jargon and insider vocabulary!! Most subreddits are welcoming to newcomers and are full of people who are ready to help newbies learn the ropes of that interest or hobby. The best part about subreddits is that they are completely community-run. There are no official Reddit moderators or administrators watching over the subreddits and policing their every move. Because of this, communities are free to create and grow on their own. However, this doesn’t make Reddit the wild west – if a certain community starts breaking Reddit Terms of Service, they are usually quickly reported and shut down.
Upvotes, Downvotes, and Awards
Upvotes and downvotes are how Reddit users express their like or dislike for a given post. “Upvotes” are roughly analogous to likes on other social media platforms and “downvotes” are roughly analogous to dislikes. If someone particularly likes a post, they can give that post an award by paying a small amount of money. Posts with awards are pushed to be seen by more users, as they are considered to be better. Positive post and comment interaction will give the user who posted the post or comment Karma (which we will explain in the next section).
Reddit has a feature called “Karma”, which is a rough measurement of a user’s popularity. A user whose posts are popular and well-liked with have a lot of Karma. Karma is what individual users can look at to see their popularity, since individual users don’t really have followers on Reddit.
Reddit is a great social media platform! It’s awesome because you, the user, are in control of what content you see because you get to select what communities you join. Furthermore, Reddit is full of people who are ready to help you understand Reddit and any hobby or skill you may be trying to learn. Reddit is easy to download, install, and navigate in the app. Reddit posts and content tend to be on the longer, deeper, and more insightful side. Reddit post comment section are often more exciting than the post itself because there are so many people on the platform that love to have deep, informative discussions on the topics that are posted. This is because of Reddit’s community aspect. Since all the communities are united by a common interest, they always have something to talk about! So, what are you waiting for? Check out Reddit on the Google Play Store or on the Apple App Store or go to reddit.com to get started!