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Reddit builds following in Denton, at UNT

Reddit builds following in Denton, at UNT

October 09
23:41 2012

H. Drew Blackburn / Staff Writer

Reddit.com, a social news website known as “the front page of the Internet,” is building a following in Denton and at UNT.

The site is ranked No. 66 in total traffic among websites in the U.S., according to Alexa.com, a web information company. Reddit gets more traffic than Hulu, Dictionary.com and the Los Angeles Times.

Reddit users vote for content posted by members. The content with the most “up” votes finds its way to the top of the page.

Reddit includes a front page, which is a collection of the most popular pages from each subreddit.

Subreddits, or “r/,” include lighthearted subjects, such as “r/funny” or “r/gaming,” and informational topics like “r/worldnews” and “r/politics.”

Two subreddits that have a strong presence in Denton are “r/unt” and “r/denton.” Currently, r/denton has 1,245 subscribers and r/unt has 1,200.

“I get on reddit pretty much every day,” said Nick Thrasher, an employee at Oak St. Drafthouse. “I try to get on reddit to be ahead of the trends of what’s about to happen.”

Thrasher said that r/denton includes posts about lost dogs and various other classifieds.

“It’s like if there was a big board somewhere on the Square,” Thrasher said. “You could post a bunch of information and have everybody see it.”

People that frequent r/denton arrange meet-ups so that like-minded people can relax together in their free time.

The last meet-up was at Oak St. Drafthouse during Oaktoberfest, the bar’s take on Oktoberfest.

Philosophy professor Adam Briggle said that the problem with online communities such as reddit is that they tend to be self-selective.

“Is it really a community if everybody is just sharing common interests?” Briggle said. “The thing about a physical community is that by necessity you’re just living together.”

When comparing reddit with sites like Facebook, Twitter and Craigslist, Briggle said it is a mosh pit of all the sites’ best qualities.

“What I worry about is the opportunity cost,” Briggle said. “These kind of sites are certainly beneficial, but like anything, it can suck you in.”

Pre-music freshman Taylor Hodge said that the site could be beneficial if people do not get too immersed and obsessed with it.

“I visit reddit because there are a lot of people who have the same interests and information from this demographic,” Hodge said.

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