Reddit

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Reddit (, stylized in its logo as reddit) is an American social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website.wikipedia
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University of Virginia

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Reddit was founded by University of Virginia roommates Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian in 2005. Huffman and Ohanian attended a lecture by programmer-entrepreneur Paul Graham in Boston, Massachusetts, during their spring break from University of Virginia.
Its alumni have founded many companies, such as Reddit and CNET, which together produce more than $1.6 trillion in annual revenue and have created 2.3 million jobs.

Alexis Ohanian

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Reddit was founded by University of Virginia roommates Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian in 2005.
He is best known as the co-founder and executive chairman of the social news website Reddit.

Steve Huffman

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Reddit was founded by University of Virginia roommates Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian in 2005.
He is the co-founder and CEO of Reddit, a social news and discussion website, which ranks in the top 20 websites in the world.

Aaron Swartz

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Between November 2005 and January 2006, Reddit merged with Aaron Swartz's company Infogami, and Swartz became an equal owner of the resulting parent company, Not A Bug.
He was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS, the Markdown publishing format, the organization Creative Commons, and the website framework web.py, and was a co-founder of the social news site Reddit.

Wired (magazine)

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Huffman and Ohanian sold Reddit to Condé Nast Publications, owner of Wired, on October 31, 2006, for a reported $10 million to $20 million and the team moved to San Francisco.
Condé Nast's parent company Advance Publications is also the major shareholder of Reddit, an internet information conglomeration website.

Christopher Slowe

The team expanded to include Christopher Slowe in November 2005.
He gained his PhD in Physics from Harvard, and went on to co-found Reddit, with Aaron Swartz, Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman.

Yishan Wong

Yishan Wong joined Reddit as CEO in 2012.
Yishan Wong was the CEO of Reddit from March 2012 until his resignation in November 2014.

Social news website

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Reddit (, stylized in its logo as reddit) is an American social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website.
On Reddit and Digg, the articles that get the most votes from the community of users will make it to the front page.

R/science

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For instance, r/science is a community devoted to discussing scientific topics and r/television is a community devoted to discussing TV shows.
r/science, formally dubbed the New Reddit Journal of Science, is an Internet forum on Reddit where the community of participants discuss science topics.

Sam Altman

In October 2014, Reddit raised $50 million in a funding round led by Sam Altman and including investors Marc Andreessen, Peter Thiel, Ron Conway, Snoop Dogg, and Jared Leto.
He is a personal investor in many companies, including Airbnb, Stripe, Reddit, Asana, Pinterest, Teespring, Zenefits, FarmLogs, Shoptiques, Instacart, Optimizely, Verbling, Soylent, Reserve, Vicarious, Clever, Notable PDF and Change.org.

Condé Nast

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Huffman and Ohanian sold Reddit to Condé Nast Publications, owner of Wired, on October 31, 2006, for a reported $10 million to $20 million and the team moved to San Francisco. Condé Nast Publications acquired the site in October 2006.
On October 31, 2006, Condé Nast acquired the content aggregation site Reddit, which was later spun off as a wholly owned subsidiary in September 2011.

Ron Conway

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In October 2014, Reddit raised $50 million in a funding round led by Sam Altman and including investors Marc Andreessen, Peter Thiel, Ron Conway, Snoop Dogg, and Jared Leto.

Imgur

In 2016, Reddit began hosting images using a new image uploading tool, a move that shifted away from the uploading service Imgur that had been the de facto service. Additionally, the user base of Reddit has given birth to other websites, including image sharing community and image host Imgur, which started in 2009 as a gift to Reddit's community.
Designed to be a gift to the online community of Reddit, it took off almost instantly, jumping from a thousand hits per day to a million total page views in the first five months.

HAProxy

It uses RabbitMQ for offline processing, HAProxy for load balancing and memcached for caching.
HAProxy is used by a number of high-profile websites including GoDaddy, GitHub, Bitbucket, Stack Overflow, Reddit, Speedtest.net, Tumblr, Twitter and Tuenti and is used in the OpsWorks product from Amazon Web Services.

Advance (company)

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In 2011, Reddit became an independent subsidiary of Condé Nast's parent company, Advance Publications.
Directly and through various subsidiaries, the group owns Discovery Channel, Condé Nast, the popular digital news website Wired, Lycos, Angelfire, Tripod and is the majority shareholder in Reddit.

Internet Defense League

In May 2012, Reddit joined the Internet Defense League, a group formed to organize future protests.
The Internet Defense League site is a creation of the Fight for the Future nonprofit, a group noted for its participation in the anti-SOPA protests of 2011, and Alexis Ohanian, founder of Reddit.

Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

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Redditors raised more than $600,000 for charity in support of comedians Jon Stewart's and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear; more than $180,000 for Haiti earthquake relief efforts; and delivered food pantries' Amazon wish lists.
Stewart has stated that the rally was never intended to be a means to counter Glenn Beck, but was simply another format for his and Colbert's style of humor, saying "We saw [the Restoring Honor rally] and thought, 'What a beautiful outline. What a beautiful structure to fill with what we want to express in live form, festival form.'" Before any public discussion by Stewart, Colbert, or their staffs, members of the social news website Reddit independently began to discuss the possibility of a Colbert-led rally, often referred to as a "Restoring Truthiness Rally".

User-generated content

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Reddit is a website comprising user-generated content—including photos, videos, links, and text-based posts—and discussions of this content in what is essentially a bulletin board system.
Entertainment social media and information sharing websites include Reddit, 9Gag, 4chan, Upworthy, Newgrounds, Inbound.org, and Distractify.

Memcached

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It uses RabbitMQ for offline processing, HAProxy for load balancing and memcached for caching.
Memcached is now used by many other systems, including YouTube, Reddit, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Wikipedia, and Method Studios.

Common Lisp

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Supported by the funding from Y Combinator, Huffman coded the site in Common Lisp and together with Ohanian launched Reddit in June 2005.

Mister Splashy Pants

In December of that year, Mister Splashy Pants was announced as the winner of the competition.
The whale's name was chosen in an online poll that garnered attention from several websites, including Boing Boing and Reddit, quickly becoming an internet meme.

Paul Graham (programmer)

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Huffman and Ohanian attended a lecture by programmer-entrepreneur Paul Graham in Boston, Massachusetts, during their spring break from University of Virginia.
Y Combinator has now invested in more than 1300 startups, including Reddit, Justin.tv, Xobni, Dropbox, Airbnb and Stripe.

Image sharing

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Additionally, the user base of Reddit has given birth to other websites, including image sharing community and image host Imgur, which started in 2009 as a gift to Reddit's community.
Image sharing on social news and image aggregation sites such as Reddit, Imgur, 4chan, Pinterest and Tumblr allow users to share images with a large community of users.

Stop Online Piracy Act

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Reddit and other websites participated in a 12-hour sitewide blackout on January 18, 2012, in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act.
Opponents include Google, Yahoo!, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, LinkedIn, eBay, Mozilla Corporation, Mojang, Riot Games, Epic Games, Reddit,

Internet vigilantism

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Following some controversial incidents of Internet vigilantism, Reddit introduced a strict rule against the publication of non-public personally-identifying information via the site (colloquially known as doxxing).
It was termed netilantism or digilantism in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, after an incident where vigilantes from the Reddit website looked to find the person responsible for the attack, but misidentified the perpetrator.