Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Baby, it's cold outside*! Subreddits to get you through.

It’s that time of year again! The time where people begin discussing things like cold-weather tips, football rankings, and tryptophan. All of us here at reddit are wishing everyone a great rest of the year, as well as highlighting some awesome subreddits that are extremely relevant during these winter months.

Without further ado, click, subscribe, and be merry!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

redditors around the world do make the world spin right round!

Hello! Hola! Hallo! Olá! Bonjour! Привет! Ciao! Hej! Привіт! Witaj!

We wanted to celebrate our redditors from all around the world so here are a couple of fun facts!
Did you know that ~45% of our users on reddit are outside the United States? Well, now you know.


Surfing through reddit, you'll find subreddits for towns, colleges, and many sports teams around the world. I'd like to give a shout out to /r/brasil, /r/france, /r/de_iama for some wonderful growth over the last couple of months!

Keep scrolling to see more awesome subreddits around the world. :)

can't find your country? just search for them on reddit 
or check out the maps below!

...and here are just some of the many local subreddits on reddit!

are we missing your town or city? let us know on this form.

we are definitely missing colleges on this map. let us know on this form.
Still can't find a subreddit for your town, country or university? Well, then it might be a great time to make a new subreddit!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Finders keepers, losers weepers? The hunt starts NOW!

Hello, fellow redditors and friends. We have a little special something in store for you today. But—we’re going to make you work for it.

That’s right. This is a scavenger hunt. With the assistance of a few of our most trusted community members over in /r/secretsanta, we’ve hidden 56 packages for you to find. 50 states, 1 District of Columbia, and 5 additional countries. You’re on the search for a box full of fun, and inside you’ll find a variety of goodies for you and anyone you choose to share them with.
special thanks to /u/stuff_of_epics for the awesome gif. also Brad Pitt.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it

In each local subreddit, you’ll find a clue posted by someone from your community, hinting at where this box will be hidden. Then they'll post again once the box is officially in its hiding spot with another hint. Clues will be linked below, so you don’t have to worry about chasing waterfalls. Use these clues to go on your own local adventure to find the box hidden in your town! As the day progresses, if it hasn’t been found yet, they’ll post more clues.

Not sure what your local subreddit is? We’ve listed the state and city subreddits we’ll be posting in at the bottom of this post. If you find the package, please report back to your subreddit with photos so everyone can enjoy! The contents of each package are unique, filled with special products from some of our merchants (many of whom are redditors!) in the reddit marketplace.
just a teensy little hint of what you're searching for


Find your location below and start searching! Note: International packages may be posted up to 1 day late.

North America
FOUND!! Montgomery, AlabamaFOUND!! Juneau, AlaskaFOUND!! Phoenix, ArizonaFOUND!! Fayetteville, Arkansas
FOUND!! San Francisco, CaliforniaFOUND!! Denver, ColoradoFOUND!! Hartford, ConnecticutFOUND!! Wilmington, Delaware(+udel)
FOUND!! Miami, FloridaFOUND!! Atlanta, GeorgiaFOUND!! Honolulu, HawaiiFOUND!! Boise, Idaho
FOUND!! Chicago, IllinoisFOUND!! Indianapolis, IndianaFOUND!! Des Moines, IowaKansas City, Kansas
FOUND!! Louisville, KentuckyFOUND!! New Orleans, LouisianaFOUND!! Bangor, MaineFOUND!! Baltimore, Maryland
FOUND!! Boston, MassachusettsFOUND!! Detroit, MichiganFOUND!! Minneapolis, MinnesotaFOUND!! Southaven, Mississippi
FOUND!! St. Louis, MissouriFOUND!! Helena, MontanaFOUND!! Omaha, NebraskaFOUND!! Las Vegas, Nevada
FOUND!! Manchester, New HampshireFOUND!! Princeton, New JerseyFOUND!! Albuquerque, New MexicoFOUND!! New York, New York
FOUND!! Charlotte, North CarolinaFOUND!! Fargo, North DakotaFOUND!! Columbus, OhioFOUND!! Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
FOUND!! Portland, OregonFOUND!! Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaFOUND!! Newport, Rhode IslandFOUND!! Greenville, South Carolina
FOUND!! Sioux Falls, South DakotaFOUND!! Nashville, TennesseeFOUND!! Austin, TexasFOUND!! Salt Lake City, Utah
FOUND!! Burlington, VermontFOUND!! Richmond, VirginiaFOUND!! Seattle, WashingtonFOUND!! Beckley, West Virginia
FOUND!! Madison, WisconsinFOUND!! Jackson, WyomingFOUND!! Washington D.C.FOUND !! Vancouver, British Columbia
FOUND!! Sydney, Australia
FOUND!! London, EnglandFOUND!! Amsterdam, NetherlandsSingapore, Singapore
Edit: The people who hid these boxes are all just normal redditors who were awesome and volunteered to help out. They also have jobs and school and other things, so please be patient with them if a few clues are posted late or you don't think the clues are as good as they should be. They had to come up with the hiding spots and clues all on their own and they did it for your sake, and you should thank them!

If you like getting boxes full of surprises from random strangers, there’s something really awesome you should try

Over 144,000 redditors in 174 countries have already signed up to participate in our 6th annual Secret Santa and exchange gifts and holiday cheer this year. We’re already on track to beat last year’s Guinness World Record, and we know this year is going to be more full of amazing, hilarious, touching, and fun gifts than ever. Don’t miss out!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Coming home

Yishan Wong sent the board his resignation notice. We are grateful for his contributions over the last few years, including growing reddit from 35M to 174M, and we have a team in place to ensure that reddit’s best years are still ahead of it.

Ellen Pao is stepping in as interim CEO and has already shown tremendous capability + poise over the last two years holding the #2 role at the company. In addition to running operations for the entire company, she was responsible for building our mobile team, acquiring Alien Blue, and her team already shipped our AMA app.

Dan McComas and his team are moving to San Francisco to unite with the rest of the reddit team after joining 3 years ago via the redditgifts acquisition. The platform is more vibrant than ever, with over 100,000 participants signed up for Secret Santa already (there’s still time to sign up!). Dan will be reddit’s SVP of Product.

I’m returning to be Executive Chairman. Allow me to re-introduce myself.

My name is Alexis Ohanian and when Steve Huffman and I launched reddit in June of 2005, it was a very humble beginning. Today it's a global platform for online communities to connect and share that far exceeds our initial expectations.

I left reddit in 2010 to volunteer for kiva.org in Armenia and have been in an advisory role to reddit ever since. When reddit became independent in 2011, I was asked to return, but turned it down because there were exciting non-profit projects I wanted to do, a book I wanted to write, and I loved advising early stage startups at Y Combinator.

Instead, I joined the board and have done everything I can to not be a helicopter parent, but rather support reddit and all the amazing people who make it work as best I can. But reddit is and will always be my baby (yes, reddit has two dads, and that's awesome).

Now at a little over nine years old, with thousands of communities, reddit is at an amazing inflection point and I'm thrilled to return to help it achieve all that it can. We've got a lot of work to do: mobile, user experience, and community tools are on the top of our list, but as always, we can't do it without you.

Time to call the FCC. We are nearing the home stretch for net neutrality at the FCC.

The tide is turning in Washington! Let's make this the home stretch for net neutrality at the FCC.
All throughout the summer, millions of people like you have repeatedly stood up and made your voice heard on net neutrality. You've been calling Congress, filed comments at the FCC, melted the FCC's servers multiple times, attended protests all across the country & a group of redditors even helped file reddit, Inc's comment at the FCC headquarters. And now this week, President Obama has helped turn the tide & released a strong announcement for Title II as the basis for net neutrality rules.

Now the sole target is the FCC. Now we need to focus all our attention on telling Chairman Wheeler that the time for net neutrality is now. The FCC has already spent enough months gathering data and comments from nearly 4 million people. Now is the time to make a decision.

We are going to make this a simple call-to-action for redditors in the United States. Just click the big button below to automagically be connected to an FCC official.

Click this to call the FCC!
this will take you to a tool to automagically call the FCC

It's easy and there is a caller script you can use when you call. Be sure to be polite and tell the FCC official that the time for net neutrality is now—not later. Also, be sure to tell 'em that Title II reclassification is the only way to protect the internet.

Let's go #teaminternet

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

I'll take one hygge, please.

Hyggeligt! It’s November, and here in the northern hemisphere, temperatures are falling, jackets and sweaters are being donned, and we’re already reflecting on warmer months gone by.

Even if you’re in a warm place, I’m here to wish everyone hygge, a concept I recently learned about and immediately applied to reddit. “Hygge” is a Danish word with no direct English translation which, from what I am led to understand and interpret in my own way, means togetherness, coziness, and in a large part, sense of community.

In real life, hygge is akin to keeping warm with friends around a campfire. Curling up under a soft blanket with a warm cup of tea and relaxing after a long day. Making the best of the situation you’re in with friends, loved ones, and on your own. It’s a mindset, a lifestyle, a call for sanity in this crazy world.

Online, the practice may differ, but the meaning remains.

The internet is a strange place. It can be weird and confusing and sometimes dark. Nobody denies that. But I — and I think I’m also speaking for those of us who work every day to keep reddit alive and running — believe that through inspiration, empathy, humor, and fun, hygge is achieved every day on our site.

On reddit, hygge is opening an orangered envelope that makes you smile. It’s helping people kick bad habits. It’s when a meme turns into a way to sponsor Olympic teams and NASCAR drivers. It’s being able to cross enemy lines without being enemies.

So, in closing, as we grow and diversify as a community as well as a group of communities, we wish you hygge both online and off.