Sunday, March 29, 2009

reddit alien spotted at uva's new cabell hall

Thanks to Erin for snapping these pictures from New Cabell Hall at the University of Virginia (where Steve and I did our 4 years). I'm pretty sure this is one stickering I had nothing to do with, so it was quite a nice surprise.

While it may not be the sharpest picture, I think there's no disputing what that is. It's a water fountain. And above it is a reddit sticker.

Friday, March 27, 2009

reddit sponsored links are the new black

All Things Digital just published a piece on reddit's sponsored links.

The results have made Condé “cautiously optimistic,” says Stinchcomb. You can measure that two ways: Click-through rates for the ads are running at about five percent, which is several times more than the industry average. And readers haven’t revolted.

In fact, we used the sponsored link with great success last week to point people to scifi.reddit for discussion on the final episode of BSG. There are some links we'd just like to put in front of as many redditors as possible (even though it's not actually 'sponsored' in this case) and this lets us denote that we're doing it.

All in all, we're pretty happy with it and the reddit community seems to have picked it up nicely (and, as the writer points out, haven't gone 1776 on us).

what would giger think?

Quick, someone send this link to the Swiss master who inspired Alien. There are some great My Little Pony remixes here.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

fanboys at sxsw

Erik (hueypriest) snapped this pic in Austin right after my panel. Anthony of HypeMachine had a panel at the exact same time, so I told him I'd wear his shirt in his honor (I wasn't the only one: see pic). Turns out he was wearing a breadpig shirt. Swine on!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

newspaper graveyard

One of the many striking photos on capturing the effect of the recession.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

i co-author a paper for semj - this was a first

I was a last-minute edition to the latest edition of SEMJ. I got a chance to give my perspective on how to do well on social news sites like reddit.


Make good content. Don't be a jerk.

!!End Spoiler!!

If you're still interested in reading it, they've provided me with a copy to distribute. Enjoy.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

new reddit shirt design - vintage alien

What do you think? I've had some luck with shirt designs lately and thought I'd bring back this 'vintage' reddit shirt. Chris suggested we reprint this a few weeks ago and I think he was spot on. Fun fact: the very first and only one of its kind was actually the first reddit shirt I'd ever made back in 2005 (so the est. 2005 with a retro look scored triple irony points!) - it was from CafePress.

You'll be able to find it on our xkcd store in the coming weeks.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

reddit and the idealist launch a new reddit together -

We announced a new reddit today, this is putting a pretty face on called IdealistNews.

Both we and (our partner - see their announcement here) are quite excited to be bringing this to life. It started as a few tweets exchanged with Scott Stadum of Idealist and a few weeks later this new reddit is online.

Just a little while back, Beth Kanter lamented that there was no social news geared toward nonprofits and social change. We at reddit (and breadpig) totally agreed and hope this reddit can be the destination for the very best of this news.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

the right kind of linkedin profile photo

HR: "He's got a reddit shirt? Hired!"

over 3 years of life spent using the reddit iphone app, world economy still slumping

The 280north team plugged Pinch Media analytics into our iPhone app, iReddit and we've already encountered some interesting data.

Chiefly, at this moment the total time spent using the app is 3 years 68 days 14 hours 41 minutes 17 seconds. Never mind the fact that they have it pegged to the second, but this app has only been out for two weeks. I'd rather not imagine how much time users have spent on during the 3+ years it's been around.

Instead, I'll be busy finishing up some work for a very cool pair of announcements Wednesday and Thursday (watch to see the news).

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

i spy a bunch of reddit stickers

vees is a decorated redditor. Impressive.