Rahul is a Reddit addict who can't get enough of Askreddit and countless other paranormal subreddits.
Reddit is the place to find the best and worst things happening in the world. It has something to offer for everyone. No matter what stuff you are into, there is a subreddit for it.
It’s hard to tear yourself away once you open Reddit. There is so much user-generated content that one could easily spend all your day over there. It’s an addicting and constantly innovating place, delivering awesome content to its users.
That being said, some people on the internet do not like the strict moderation policies on Reddit and are looking for some Reddit alternatives. I've put together a list of great alternatives for you all to check out below!
What Is Reddit?
Reddit is a social news and web content website that aggregates content from its users. Those users can post a wide variety of content, not just news. Users are able to upvote or downvote articles as well as comments. So, the most upvoted content will be at the top of the page.
Reddit is divided into thousands of specific subreddits that cover niche topics, so you can really find any type of content on the site.
Sites Like Reddit
- Hacker News
Are you tired of the messy Reddit UI? Do you want something similar but neater and cleaner? Then, Digg is the website you are looking for. A clutterless UI with easy navigation features means that you can focus on only those niches that interest you and ignore the rest.
It has been my main source of news for the last couple of years, and if they keep it up, it will stay that way for years to come. Some paid-to-feature articles have started showing up recently, but the content is still great. They don’t promote anything that’s not worth reading.
Quora is one of the best places on the internet to waste (invest) your time on right now. For whatever reason, Quora has attracted a lot of veterans in different fields who love answering questions for free. The likes of Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, almost always answers all the questions regarding him or his website. This site is full of answers from people like him who are at the top in their industries.
With so many experienced people coming together to form an amazing community, you can be sure that it’s a really valuable site for information. On top of that, the excellent voting system keeps only the best answers on the top, which means that you won’t have to scroll through every answer to find what you are looking for.
Don’t get hung up on the fact that Quora is a Q&A website. Delve deep and you’ll find how much it has to offer to you. Quora is doing exactly what it promises—promoting great content through a Yahoo Answers-like format.
3. Hacker News
Hacker News is one of the best sites like Reddit for all the tech enthusiasts who want to read up on the latest developments. You’ll find all kinds of news that will satisfy the inner programmer in you. However, Hacker News covers more than hacking and startups.
You probably won’t find random, funny threads or articles here as this is a no-nonsense website strictly focused on delivering tech/startup/hacking news to everyone. Plus, the HN community is really nice and welcoming. Still, it's worth checking out.
Mashable is one of the most popular places to get all your social media, technology, and gadget news in one place. On top of these topics, they also cover gaming, online videos, web developments, and other entertainment topics. It’s also a great place to uncover new resources and marketing tools. Put simply, Mashable is a place where you can find all the news about new innovations and inventions with an occasional cover of other popular niches.
Unlike Reddit—which may be overwhelming for a newbie—Mashable is surprisingly easy and friendly to navigate for someone who is new to the site. Despite the huge amount of content they produce every day, it is pretty easy to filter out the content and find out what you like. Just follow the topics you like and leave the others.
If you are an entrepreneur, Mashable should be your go-to site every day. For those who casually want to browse through all day, there is a "Must Read" section where all the popular content is aggregated.
One of the most infamous places on the internet, 4chan is an old-school imageboard that has barely changed in nearly 20 years. Founded by Chris "Moot" Poole in 2003, the site has a bunch of boards that span from videogames to politics to fitness to business advice. Users will post long pieces of text along with funny or shocking images.
Threads can randomly be "bumped" to the top of the page so it's not surprising to see very old threads suddenly become popular again. While the site is fun, it can be really difficult to navigate and there is a lot of hateful and offensive content on there as well.
While this site is more focused on sharing memes and funny videos, it does have some similarities to Reddit. Users can comment and upvote content as well as share it on other social media sites.
9gag has become famous for its memes, and the visual aspect of the site is quite striking. Be prepared for a lot of banner ads and videos though, because 9gag is loaded with them.
This site is a bit different from the others on this list because of how it is structured and how it rewards users. Steemit is a blockchain-based social media website, and it rewards users with its own cryptocurrency, STEEM, for curating and publishing content.
It still remains to be seen how this cryptocurrency will progress in value and if it makes sense for Steemit to continue to pay its users, but it is certainly an exciting platform.
Another Reddit clone, Lemmy sports a super smooth interface and is really easy to navigate. Lemmy is more focused on technological pursuits, and you will find a lot of communities on the site dedicated to computer programming and other tech-heavy topics. You can also very easily create your own community on Lemmy without dealing with the kind of moderation and policing of a site like Reddit.
Like many of the other sites on this list, Lemmy is still quite small so it will not have a large amount of content that a site like Reddit has on a daily basis. There are still a bunch of cool communities on Lemmy worth checking out and the site will only continue to grow as it becomes more popular.
The Hive ecosystem is an exciting new piece of blockchain technology and it has been adapted into hive.blog, a social media platform. While it straddles the line between a blog and a more traditional social media site, hive.blog still has all of the basics you'd come to expect, like upvoting, link sharing, and commenting.
One of the main drawbacks is how small the community is, which can be a good thing for some people. For those of us looking to consume a lot of cool and interesting content, it can be a bit of a negative to have a small community, but for more seasoned bloggers it can be a great way to grow a community.
Considering the huge popularity of Reddit, there is no doubt that there will be sites being created in the near future.
If you have got any suggestions, let me know in the comments section below. I will check out your suggested sites and update this list of Reddit alternatives as soon as I can.
© 2015 Rahul Pandey
Lokim on October 13, 2019:
Nice list. Anyhow I used to spend my time on sportshd . me for live streams. There is a chat and which is more funny part to spend our time
Maurice Glaude from Mobile, AL on June 23, 2018:
The only sites I currently use are Digg, Stumbleupon, and Quora. Quora is the best.
Sam on April 30, 2018:
"Buzzfeed - A site like Reddit covering wide range of popular and trending topics". No no no no, Buzzfeed is nothing like Reddit. Stop comparing Reddit to trash
jam on February 26, 2018:
Voat is a trash heap of idiots who often post racist comments and posts they call free speech. Don't waster your time here.
No on December 19, 2017:
You had me up until the buzzfeed part. Buzzfeed is trash
The Module on July 01, 2016:
With FB & Twtr organic traffic dipping lower & lower, would you suggest startups trying to build a community economically (i.e. without paying for boosts) focus on the sites listed above for organic value?