Reddit.com is one the fastest emerging social sharing platforms on the internet. People are signing up on reddit every day to discover great content and communities related to their interests. The problem is that most internet users still do not understand how reddit works or how they should use it. Here are some basic tips to help you learn how to use reddit.
Create your reddit user account. Visit reddit.com and click on “Register” in the top right corner. I usually recommend that people use the same username that they use for Twitter or other social media sites. However, if you want to keep it private, you can always create a new alias.
Subscribe to subreddits that match your interests. Browse reddit for topics that interest you. Do a google search for “[interest] reddit” and you should find the subreddit you are looking for. There is also metareddit.com which helps you discover subreddits related to a keyword. When you find a subreddit, look at the posts and if they are interesting, subscribe!
Once you subscribe to a subreddit, you can access all of your subscribed subreddits via the “My Subreddits” link in the top navigation bar.
Up-vote and comment on other users’ submissions. Participate, interact, be social! Start by up-voting submissions that you like. Only down-vote a submission if you think its spam or if it’s truly inappropriate. Add comments to a submission if you want to voice your opinion or thank someone for posting. The comment section is a great place to hold debates, too.
Post your own submissions. Do you have something interesting to say, or do you know of a link that will blow people away? Start submitting interesting content if you want to contribute to reddit. Read How to Write a Good reddit Title for some good tips on formulating a great reddit submission.
Be nice. It can be hard to be nice on the internet. Without the face-to-face contact, it is easy to forget that you are interacting with real people. Take one look at the comments section on YouTube or any popular blog and you will see arguments quickly turn into hate. Most comments on reddit are actually positive and civil, so do your best to add to that culture.
Advanced: Become a subreddit moderator. Moderating a subreddit is an important role that you can play on reddit. Moderators keep the conversation on topic and prevent spammers from overtaking the forum. You can either become a moderator of an existing subreddit, or you can create your own subreddit. Neither are easy tasks for a beginner, but both are essential to the growth and sustainability of reddit. If you find yourself hanging around a subreddit that needs better moderation, message the moderators and offer help.
So now you have some basic tips to help you get started on reddit. Visit reddit.com and sign up today. There is a whole universe of content waiting for you to explore and be apart of!