on Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Reddit takes simple to a new level with a very plain design that is easy to use. The community is focused more on offbeat news and commentary of current news than just posting the latest article off the AP wire.

Reddit is the no-thrills version of social news. It has a simple design that is easy to use, but it could also compete for one of the ugliest websites. But, there is something to be said for ranking usability over flash.
Reddit packs more into one page than most social news sites by forgoing fancy graphics. It doesn't have as many community features, but it does allow users to vote on articles and comment on them.
Reddit also offers additional communities called "subreddits" that serve the same function as categories. These communities are divided into programming, gadgets, science, sports, politics, gaming, business and entertainment.
While many of the other social news sites are dominated by current headlines, reddit attracts more offbeat news and commentary on current news. This makes it a good site for those that get their news from a more conventional source and just want to hear what people are saying about it.
Reddit does fall prey to user cliques that can quickly vote down articles they don't like. It is also mostly unmoderated, so some article titles might not be exactly safe for work.


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