Read to the end for some scrumbling
lol. I was on reddit way back around the time it were warring with Digg before that imploded and there seemed to be some collective superiority among redditors that it was the birthplace of content and memes your friends and family would eventually share on facebook months later. Last time I used reddit it was the place where I was seeing all of the old TikTok content I saw months prior. Kinda funny to see the cycle repeat itself.
Thank you for this analysis. I’ve had a hunch that there was no way that Reddit just went back to normal after what happened but I couldn’t prove it.
I am so angry by what happened to Reddit. Come on - users ARE the value of a social website.
These execs need to get their heads out of their bums and realize that by alienating users (ESPECIALLY MODERATORS WHO ARE SOME OF THE MOST VALUABLE USERS ON A PLATFORM LIKE REDDIT) they are setting a blowtorch to the piles of money that they supposedly care about.
It’s so stupid and short-sighted ugh.
P.S. Shared a link to this on my Mastodon, hopefully more people resonate too: https://hachyderm.io/@mariyadelano/111059828850263993
"If people stay off Reddit, then the site definitely didn’t “win” the protests, but neither did anyone else."
What are you talking about? They went to the fediverse, that thing you refuse to cover because you completely ignore anything that doesn't have ads plastered on it. Lemmy and kbin based nodes in the fediverse exploded, much like Mastodon instances and users have been skyrocketing with every Elon mishap. Users won.
The line is going down for commercial social media and it's time to thank the Internet furries for keeping the non-commercial social internet alive for the last 20 years.
Yes, reddit feels and looks like a decayed skeleton of late.
Iirc perhaps 10% of redditors used a third party app? Which makes the decrease of been '50 and 90 percent' puzzling. I wonder what the average daily posts and comments for Reddit overall is? The 'major' subs seeing less activity may yet be offset by the huge long tail of local/niche/hobby/interest subreddits retaining activity levels
"Musk Accidentally Does Something Good"
He does this every time he takes market cap out of commercial social media.
Most people I interact with on innocuous subreddits seem miserable. There's some decent vanilla porn on there tho that seems relatively sex positive and harmless tho. Otherwise I don't use the site for much of anything anymore.
Those stray links are excellent and I really enjoyed them, thank you. Good work Adam, i’ve never been on reddit so this is a wild look at a wild world i have no context for beyond being on myspace as it hollowed out.
"I wholeheartedly agree with video game writer Cohen Edenfield, who wrote, “‘It held people accountable!’ Bullshit. It turned every day into an easter egg hunt for people to farm engagement by perpetually showing me the most terrible shit possible. Ninety variations on ‘this guy sucks!’ over some guy saying stuff that sucks, which means I see it 90 times.”"
This, right here, is why quote-posts are not a thing on Mastodon and feature requests for it tend to get closed without comment anymore.
A lot of this is over my head but I really had wondered what the fallout would be from the protests.