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Source: Reddit’s Angel Round Comes with ‘Outrageous’ Terms

reddit-alien

Earlier today AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka offered up a new spin on rumors roiling that Reddit is trying to raise a round of outside funding.

This past Sunday, TechCrunch reported that Reddit is in the process of raising venture capital at a $400 million valuation. Thanks to a banner year that included an AMA from President Obama, 37 billion pageviews and 400 million unique visitors, TechCrunch said Reddit could now command double the valuation it had in early 2011 before its owners Conde Nast spun it out as a standalone operation. Reddit is still fully owned by Advance Publications, the parent company of Conde Nast.  Read More

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Redditors Revolt After CEO Yishan Wong Posts Link to 9gag

(Screencap: Facebook)

Some waved virtual pitchforks and some wept into each other’s bosoms as Reddit users gathered in the town square (a.k.a. the Reddit front page) to voice their outrage at CEO Yishan Wong, who committed the ultimate act of betrayal directly in public view.

Today, in the wee hours of the morning, Mr. Wong posted a link on his Facebook page. But it wasn’t just any typical link–not to Imgur, and certainly not to Reddit. Instead, the link he posted was to 9gag, Reddit’s most notorious nemesis. Read More

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Rebellious Tweens Split From Teenagers Subreddit So They Can Curse and Post Porn, Okay? God.

(Photo: QuickMeme)

Taking to the Internet to express the angst of youth is a long-heralded pasttime that will no doubt be bequeathed to generations to come. Once there were the Xangas and the Livejournals of yore, but these days teens frequently flock to outlets like Tumblr and Twitter to subtumbl and subtweet their little hearts out about how unfair it is that their parents made them help carry in the groceries when they were like, right in the middle of something. 
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Good Guy Greg Would Not Approve of Pressuring Girls Into Sex

Calling these guys cavemen is an insult to cavemen everywhere.

There’s an entire meme, Good Guy Greg, devoted to defining and modeling what makes someone a decent dude. It’s consistently charming. He now has a counterpart, Good Girl Gina. Unfortunately, instead of being a living example of graciousness and thoughtfulness, she mostly cooks for her boyfriend and prioritizes your sexual pleasure above her own.

Ain’t the Internet grand? Read More

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Content Marketing Guy Nets 2.7 Million Pageviews in Reddit Experiment

The Reddit alien

This probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has spent time on leading link aggregator Reddit, but a certain kind of content tends to play well there. One guy apparently decided to see just how easy it might be to purposefully direct Reddit’s traffic firehose toward selected content.

In a post published Sunday morning, the blogger behind /FOO/: Fire One Out claimed it wasn’t a lot of work.

By any standard, his experiment was a success: Read More

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President Obama Does Reddit AMA, Reddit Promptly Goes Into Read-Only Mode Due to Heavy Traffic

He even uploaded this pic to Imgur like a real Redditor would. (Photo: Imgur)

A little over 20 minutes ago, President Obama announced that he would be doing an AMA on Reddit, and the Internet promptly imploded. Within minutes of the announcement, it was confirmed by both Reddit moderators and the New York Times. Ladies, geeks and lady geeks everywhere swooned at the photo of the President stationed at his Macbook prepared to address the Reddit masses, who will undoubtedly only ask questions about weed. Read More

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Reddit Nabs a World Record Involving Neither Cats Nor Nudie Pics

Reddit employees looking pleased with themselves. (Photo: RedditGifts)

Is there nothing beyond the  skill of the hive mind? (Well, other than creating a self-sustaining island community.) Reddit’s collective muscle has now been immortalized as an official honoree in the Guinness Book of World Records. And it didn’t even require growing out your fingernails.

However, someone did have to talk the good folks at Guinness into creating a special category: largest online Secret Santa game. Read More

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Covering Theater Shooting in Colorado, Reddit Becomes a High Speed Newswire

Aurora Massacre suspect James Holmes on CNN

Shortly after a black-clad psycho opened fire in an Aurora, Colorado midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises on Thursday night, killing at least 12 and injuring 50, Reddit users began racing to compile as much information on the tragedy as possible. In the process, the link aggregation giant became a real-time feed of raw data, much of the information accurate, some of it not, all of it published for a fully-engaged and active audience well in advance of any national news outlet. The Future Journalism Project on Tumblr defined it correctly as crowd-sourcing the reportage and noted some of the most organized efforts by Redditors: sequential, linked threads in the /r/news subreddit: Read More

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Redditors Have Some Feelings About this Digg Acquisition

Could this be our last chance to use this wonderful image?

Tomorrow (or maybe Monday, unless Betaworks is really cracking that whip) the work of rebuilding Digg will begin. But today is a day of eulogies. What slew Digg, the once-mighty social site at one time thought to be worth $200 million? The Wall Street Journal points to Twitter and Facebook. This Forbes contributor is pretty sure it was Reddit.

Actually, Redditors are pretty sure that Digg killed Digg.

We popped over to the /r/technology subreddit, where Redditors–many of them self-confessed former Digg devotees–were discussing that Forbes article. Between nostalgic ASCII spam and arguments about Ron Paul, users were pretty much unanimous (or as unanimous as Redditors get) regarding what the site had evolved into. Read More