The Pew Research Center found that Reddit.com users are browsing mostly news. Since 2005, Reddit has been inspiring know-it-alls to congregate, argue, and deliberate from the farthest reaches of the internet.
Reddit as a news source is an interesting concept, because of the vast amount of information that is up-voted to Reddit’s “front page of the internet” in any given day. The Pew Research Center reports that 4% of US adults use Reddit, and “70% of Reddit users say they get news there.” This is in contrast to the Pew Research Center’s findings that 52% of Facebook users get news on facebook.com and only 43% of Twitter users on twitter.com.
On Reddit, specific discussion pages serve to form communities around shared interests called subreddits. Examples range from r/politics to r/gaming to r/worldnews to r/explainlikeimfive. Subreddits are to blame for Reddit’s newsiness.
Also the AMA’s (Ask me anything subreddits) attract famous people to answer questions. “President Obama’s [AMA]… in August of 2012… attracted more than 20,000 comments,” reports the Pew Research Center. Snoop Dog also did an AMA to give you a feel for the diversity of participants this subreddit attracts.
Reddit has since grown from a niche discussion board, to a recognized place for news among mostly liberal millennial users.