Anyway, thanks for building an awesome site. Have fun in Armenia, and good luck in whatever you do after that.
I run a similar website and it has just been my friends and I posting for about a year now (which is fine with us)...interestingly (and one of the coolest feelings I've ever gotten, I'm sure you can totally relate) somebody that I had never even heard of posted my website to yours last night and told people to check it out...Since then we've gotten about 200 signups (and 3-4 people that have been hanging out on there all day today).
Was it pretty quick after you launched reddit that you started seeing a ton of people using it? I had quite a while ago accepted that it would likely just be my friends and I posting on mine...
Then a week or so after that, we had a splendid day - neither Steve nor I needed to submit any links, we just used the site like anyone else.
It was a good thing, too, because I was hitting my limit of aliases&passwords to remember.
Well I definitely feel like a loser now, haha.
Glad I saw you posting here. I'm sure that it's gotten old by now (although I hope it hasn't) but seriously good job on reddit. That website is leaps and bounds about its competition (who is its competition anyhow? digg? fark?). I've spent more time there than I have anywhere else...truly an awesome awesome awesome community.
I hope you guys realize that, to people like me, you are literally a superstar, thanks a lot for responding to my question :).
Seriously, though, that had a lot to do with getting reddit off to such a good start. Who wouldn't want a bunch of PG readers to set the tone of their social news website? :)
Hope you keep coming back to our Internet crack. I'd consider any website trying to steal people's attention when they're bored at work competition :) but the Internet is a big place, there's plenty of room.
I stopped reading reddit when I found the more serious Hacker News, and saw Reddit as the site of reunion of "We are superior, rational people, reason is the only important thing in the world" male character. Cult of radical Misogyny and Atheism.
That seems to be the real advantage of anonymous discussion: you don't think to yourself "will I get downvoted/flamed/etc for posting this comment?" Though, as 4chan has proven, the level of discourse on an anonymous forum is just as proportional to the maturity of its members... as it is anywhere else.
If all you look at are /r/funny, /r/pics and /r/politics then you're missing out.
I'm still proud of you guys for that decision. Thanks for a great site that I still spend way too much time reading every day.
Reddit is still my favorite site on the internet. I can't count the number of times I've laughed out loud while reading AskReddit and IAmA. My wife probably spends 2-3 hours a day on reddit. We both have reddit t-shirts. Yeah, I'm a fan.
I actually installed a Greasemonkey script to filter for words like tazer and Sears :S
It's still incredible how much throughput reddit can push for content of all types - but I've long since given up trying to read the comments (Slashdot on the other hand, seems to be maintaining its quality of discussion fairly well).
See, news.yc can be funny too!
Reddit is the ultimate source of kneejerk vigilante internet "justice". I cannot count how many times someone has been able to stir the Reddit crowd into a self-righteous murderous frenzy over something that turned out to be fraudulent, a hoax, or just completely overblown. For a bunch of self-proclaimed progressives the community in general seems to be utterly incapable of independent critical thought. IMHO Reddit would make a terrific psychology study on mob mentality.
One day... (and I know I'm going to act like such a freak when I accost them).
I see to recall a comment from one of you saying that you couldn't talk about it much now, but you would be able to 'in a couple months.'
We had been making these arrangements for the last six months.
edit: As for why I didn't leave earlier. There's the obvious carrot, but frankly, the 'stick' wasn't that bad. I operated almost identically as during our startup days (no oversight, no one to get approval) and with that kind of freedom (compared to my last job, in a parking garage where I had to ask to use the bathroom), doing work that I very much enjoyed, I had no good reason to leave early.
Though they're not regarded as a tech-savvy company (and there's a good argument for why), Conde Nast handled us remarkably well - especially through the lens of how most post-acquisition stories go.
Ultimately, though, it's hard to reproduce the feeling and attachment that comes with starting a startup (or starting anything of one's own). And that's why it felt like the right time to move on when my contract ended.
reddit is going to be hard to top, or even match, so please keep your expectations measured :)
It's funny how much weight we put in past success as an indicator of future success, no matter how much we may repeat the mantra that it's not. Going from spec-ing out features for reddit with Steve in an apartment to acquisition 16months later is the kind of thing that can only happen with a tremendous amount of chance.
And, I'm going to be launching a social news site soon geared towards business/financial topics. I'd love to be able to pick your brain a bit about the process of building reddit. I think you guys would have some pretty amazing insights to offer. I'd love to pick your brain over coffee and/or beer at some point. If you're interested, ping me: iamelgringo at google's_email_service dot com
Email on the way. I've always encouraged folks to bring on the competition :) social news is far from done.
I'm not trying to be offensive or anything, I just don't understand how reddit fits into the Conde Nast business.
(and yeah, I realize this question is about three years late to the party)
It's oft pitched as Wired readers, only about a decade younger (Wired is an extremely well loved brand by advertisers).
* Programming talent: Conde would be getting the foundation of an uber-talented programming culture in team reddit, which is the only way to beget more talented programmers (because I think you'll all agree that people like me -- that is, non-programmers -- can evaluate programming talent).
* Valuable destination: A community of the tastemakers for most of the Internet. Like it or not, most hot Internet links that aren't about nudity are first on the front page of reddit. Owning this front page of the web is an attractive proposition. Monetizing it is a bit more work, but we have always been a very scrappy [cheap] shop. Looking at 7M uniques this month with 6.5 employees (4.5 come Nov).
* Geek cred: This might be a bit of a stretch if I hadn't heard from folks like Ars Technica's Ken Fisher that the reddit acquisition (and how well it went) helped the decision to accept Conde's acquisiton offer. Furthermore, if you're thinking about hiring programmers down the line - because you know the Internet represents the future of publishing - it helps your pitch a bit more to say you own reddit than, say, Vogue.
I don't think every enterprise a company is engaged in must synergestically complement its other enterprises.
On a more important note, I think that they are just trying to bring the worlds of nerds and GQ together to bring about world peace.. ;)
Re-reading this, three years later, I'm struck by how incredibly guilty Aaron appears to feel on the night of our acquisition. More than anything else, I know I felt relieved. Make no mistake, when you're working through it, there is nothing glamorous or care-free about slogging through a startup acquisition (yet I hope you can all enjoy that suffering one day with your respective startups).
The reddit alien was my first bumper sticker. At some point I thought about what made me put it on my car and I realized that the flattering human acknowledgment I received to the feedback made me feel like I was responsible for a tiny bit of all that was good with Reddit.
I have since used this approach (it's almost insulting to call it a tactic) to my own advantage with my startup. So thank you, for what the stickers taught me :)
If I had met you at a party and you had given me some free Reddit stickers it would not have meant as much.
And just remember, without Reddit, all we'd have is Digg and ultra cool Kevin Rose hipsters dancing in the streets.. What an awful world that would be..
Best of luck to Alexis and Steve and thanks for your awesome contribution to the landscape.
Thanks you guys for building such an awesome community. The internet was different after reddit.
For me it is very difficult to love a startup after the founders have left. Not very logical I know. I guess I will use reddit again, but for now I have given up my dream of buying a t-shirt from the stores. I don't feel like doing so.
I'm sure they'll both keep posting and using the site...keep in mind that it's been their baby for like, 4 years. I'll bet they use it everyday; it would be like me trying to give up reddit, pretty much impossible since I've used it every day for the last couple of years.
I say get a narwahl shirt, it makes other redditors easier to spot!
Some people say social media's made from slinging mud
Reddit's made from users and CRUD
Users and CRUD, and Alexis and Steve
A coterie that loves them and the trolls that are peeved
I write sizteen comments, and what do I get?
A hundred fifty karma, procrastination and regret
Li'l alien don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to reddit/store