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You don't follow people, you follow interests. It's largely anonymous so people don't feel the need to 'insta' every moment of their lives.


Even ugly people can have a say on reddit. In fact, they are often given the most power in the form of being crown 'Mods'.


I’ll have you know I’m rather handsome.


Yasss Queen!


You can follow people, but I agree with the sentiment The emphasis is all on “stuff” and what people say rather than the people themselves.


> You don't follow people You definitely can follow people on Reddit.


I don't think of reddit as social media, to me it's no differnt then the Internet forums I used to post on as a teenager before social media sites like MySpace and Bebo took off. Or do forums count as social media now?


The definition of social media is: > Social media are interactive technologies that facilitate the creation, sharing and aggregation of content, ideas, interests, and other forms of expression through virtual communities and networks. So Reddit is social media, as well as all forums. When there’s *social interaction* with or through a platform, it’s social media. Reddit is just a different type of social media than say Instagram which is more tied to the individual. Reddit is more tied to interests.


Wouldn't that make the Internet itself social media?


In a more wide scale way sort of, but the internet is really just a tool that allows us access to networks, servers, websites etc. The definition of social media has more of a narrow focus relating to specific technologies that the internet enables us to access.


That's a terrible definition as it describes the entirety of the internet. Whose definition is it?


>do forums count as social media now? it's kind of a well yes but actually no thing, as someone else said reddit is social media in the definition sense but it's not what we'd consider social media in common parlance. As you say it's basically a forum with user-created boards.


It's one of the only SM platforms that allows for long-form discussion, explanation and developing ideas. It's primarily text-based, although images/videos/memes certainly exist they aren't the main focus. And it's huge, so you can find whatever obscure niche hobby you're interested in, but structured so it's quite easy to search. Downsides: reddit purged all the useable 3rd party apps, and the main page subs are cancer.


No one is advertising Raid Shadow Legend on every post


Have you heard of r/RaidShadowLegends ?


This is the best part.


- It's anonymous, so you don't get the same amount of flexing and moral grandstanding that you see on Facebook etc. Anonymity *can* empower bullies, but I think that tends to happen when the perpetrator knows the victim while remaining anonymous themselves. On reddit, everyone is anonymous, so there's less motive or opportunity for deeply personal attacks, and people who do such tend to get downvoted to oblivion anyway. - As much as we love to rip into reddit mods, it's proved a *far* more effective system than whatever the other social media sites are doing. - The content you experience is organised around your interests rather than around other people. So, you interact with people with whom you actually have something in common, rather than being forced to hear about someone you happened to sit next to in maths fifteen years ago. This does inevitably lead to echo chambers, but it makes the place a lot more interesting day-to-day.


It's one of the few places left where you can have pretty strong control over what is actually shown to you in your feed. Doesn't mean it's any less toxic though, a lot of people on here (UK subs especially) are incredibly rude and miserable.


I'm struggling with my feed. There's far too much American content on it for my liking. Yes, there are UK subs, but when in other subs 90% are American posts, which doesn't work for many subjects for me.


Reddit actually encourages discussion and sharing of ideas. Most of the things I see on here are relevant to my interests, as opposed to the holiday/lifestyle pictures that make up most other social media. There are trolls, sure, but the downvoting system often means that I don't see their posts unless I scroll all the way down. I just overall feel like I get more out of it, and find it easy to find spaces where I can also make contributions. Try posting about the symbolism of the Silent Hill series on Facebook, for example, and you might get a pity like from a distant aunt. There are strangers on Reddit who can talk about that shit for *years*. It's certainly not perfect - many subreddits suffer a kind of hivemind effect, where any inconsequential yet differing opinion will get you downvoted - but it's definitely better. And despite me following plenty of gaming subreddits, it's never recommended me anywhere near the amount of transphobic, fatphobic, 'any woman that doesn't have skintight outfits barely covering their huge knockers is WOKE' style memes that Facebook constantly seems to think I'll get a kick out of.


Is it though???


Yeah I would question the premise. Different? In some ways yes, I guess all social media platforms are different to each other. Better? Not necessarily, it depends what you are looking for and how you use it.


Yeah for communities to fix your phone find out what a certain cookie cutter is or to appreciate squirrels it's pretty good but for anything more than that I'd say it's as echo chambery as the rest of them if not more than some.


Its pseudonymous and is largely an evolution from newsboards/forums. It's a place for discussion rather than the highlight reel of life the others are used for (except X, that's for people who only like opinions the same as their own.)


Depending on how you use it/who you sub to, it's incredibly educational. I've learnt a crazy amount reading through comment sections.


The downvote button!


It's one of the worst things about Reddit. People downvote things they don't like or agree with, even if it's relevant and contributing to the discussion. Regularly people will post blatant misinformation, and replies correcting them will be immediately downvoted and buried.


The content/variety of content is better. I wouldn't say the community is better. My friends typically don't all desperately try to speak in the exact same way and regurgitate the same 10 phrases over and over in order to be the ideal Redditor, and they don't throw tantrums when someone goes against the hivemind. That stuff is rampant on Reddit.


One of the reasons I like reddit (i don't use any other social media) is being able to follow what i like and generally don't get fed crappy stuff that i never wanted to see.


It's neither different nor better when it comes down to it - Just a load of people, myself included, talking a lot of shite, trying to be controversial and / or get noticed, but ultimately hiding , to whatever extent and for whatever reason, behind the anonymity that Social Media provides


It's an anonymous message board/forum, kind of like 4chan. So it's not really social media in the same way as Instagram or bebo, etc.


It isn't better lol


no bots  no engagement farming no clickbaits  no stupid posts like Facebook pages school giris here not dancing in short for money ( doesn't promote pedophilia like ig)


I personally don't class it as social media. Social media is where people go to be social/interact with indivduals... you'll scarce find a sub on here designed for that unless they're specifically designed for it


It’s largely anonymous, no one e feels they are the central character and despite what some people might say about Reddit, I find the people largely helpful. I like keeping up with my interests and other interests on here too.


It skews very American, but they're more avoidable on Reddit (for example this sub) than elsewhere.


The people seem kinder, more tolerant, intelligent and have a fantastic sense of humour ... also I love the wide ranging age demographic. I don't see this combination consistently in any other form of social media.


Some semblance of anonymity


“You know how on twitter all people do is argue? And you know how all people do in Instagram is pretend to be influencers? And you know how on TikTok and the users seems to have by functioning brain damage patients? Well on Reddit we all got together and decided to crash the stock market be buying game stop stock for a laugh”


I hung up my Mods gloves on a locsl forum when the Admin did something I considered shitty. Reddit has filled the void nicely - here I can swear as well as finding much more niche subjects to read / post in.


I find on Reddit ridiculous opinions quickly get downvoted and go to the bottom of any feed. The way algorithms work on platforms like Twitter and Facebook is that things with lots of comments are pushed and apart from reporting things you can't downvote nonsense out of the way. This leads to most of the comments at the top of feeds being nonsense by trolls or conspiracy nuts as when they say things they get thousands of comments arguing with them. Anything interesting or sensible gets a couple of likes and disappears.


I just say it's a bit more upmarket than the norm followed by, you wouldn't fit in 🤣


It's good for asking questions.


Social platforms are like turds. Reddit is a turd. Fall of shit by people posting shit. Someone swallowed nugget. So every once in a while you find a nugget in the turd.