What Content Reddit Users Are Clicking On

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People like to dump Digg, Netscape, and Reddit all in one basket and label then as “social news sites”. In reality, however, not all these sites are the same, and not all of then are as news driven as others would have you believe.
When referring to these sites, I prefer the label “social driven sites” or “socially driven news and content sites” because while news is an important part of the content that gets promoted, a lot of the content is from niche oulets and blogs that cannot be classified as news (as much as opinion or just “interesting stuff”). The content here is voted on by the users and is more of what they find interesting or entertaining, and while this content varies from site to site, what is considered as “news” is often left-leaning and sensationlist. Pundits have long been predicting great things for these sites but these content aggregators are far from a reason to not read news-specific sites.
While technology-related articles rule on Digg, politics and breaking news is popular on Netscape, people have had a hard time figuring out Reddit. Here is a look at what content Reddit users are clicking on:
As you can see, Reddit users prefer pictures and images that present a mishmash of news, politics, science, and some totally bizarre content that can best be described as offbeat.

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  • nate

    Take a look at a better pattern…. pictures. Reddit folks love photos, comics, pics, imagery. I think it’s because it’s quick, to the point, and doesn’t take a lot of consumption time. But, that part is total speculation.
    I have a feeling if you have a picture on your post, and you reddit it with “[PIC]” in the title, you’re more likely to get more votes. Of course, it’s hard to tell because you can’t A/B test it, but that’s my thought.

  • nate

    Sorry for the double… but I re-read my comment and it looks like I was saying just having a photo on your post would do it. I seriously doubt that. The photo has to be compelling in some fashion, not just eye candy alone.

  • Brett Borders

    The flood of pictures and comics on Reddit is a fairly recent phenomena. I hope it comes to an end. Reddit (Read it?) was once a place for thick, heady, well-researched articles and quirky stories.