Exactly 10 years ago today (June 23rd, 2005) is when “the front page of the internet” was first launched. If you’re a redditor (like myself) then you’ll know that today would be considered as reddit’s cake day.
For those of you who don’t know what reddit is, it is essentially an entertainment, social networking and news website where registered community members can submit their content like text posts or links. Then other users can vote submission up or down to help organize posts and determine their position on the site’s pages. There are a ton of different subreddits out there, ranging from news, gaming and movies to food or photosharing.
On the site, Redditors (which is what a reddit user is called) commemorate their “cake day” once a year, which is the anniversary of the day the user’s account was first created. The “cake day” offers no special benefit, except that a small icon representing a slice of cake appears next to that user’s name for 24 hour.
Reddit get millions of page views each month. Last month alone, reddit had gotten visits from 172 million people from around the world and of those, about 3 million were logged in redditors. That added up to 7.5 billion pages views on reddit.
Now let’s take a look at what has happened over the last 10 years for reddit.
- June 23rd 2005: Reddit was founded in Medford, Massachusetts by Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian and they raise $100,000 in seed funding from Y Combinator
- Late 2005: reddit merges with Aaron Swartz’s company, Infogami
- December 2005: reddit adds commenting
- October 2006: Condé Nast acquires reddit for about $20 million and the team is moved to San Francisco
- January 2007: Aaron Swartz is fired from the company
- January 2008: reddit allows users to be able to create their own subreddits
- June 2008: reddit becomes open-source
- January 2009: The IAmA subreddit is created and has become one of the most popular subreddits.
- October 2009: Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman leave reddit. Steve Huffman helps form Hipmunk and Alexis Ohanian helps form Breadpig
- November 2009: reddit decommissions the last of itsphysical servers and move their hosting to Amazon Web Services
- July 2010: reddit introduces reddit Gold, which helps fund the site
- September 2011: reddit become operationally independent from Condé Nast. Now reddit can hire their own CEO and pick out an ad sales team and determine a way to become more profitable
- January 2012: reddit announces that it will start a 12-hour sitewide blackout to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act
- March 2012:Yishan Wong, a former Facebook employee and PayPal Mafia member, becomes reddit CEO
- August 2012: Barack Obama does a reddit IAmA and the increase in site traffic causes a shut down of most of the site
- February 2014: reddit announces that they will donate 10% of it’s annual ad revenue to non-profits as voted by reddit users.
- September 2014: reddit raises $50 million in funding in a Series B round, led by Sam Altman. Also participating in the round: Peter Thiel, Ron Conway, Paul Buchheit, Jared Leto, Jessica Livingston, Kevin and Julia Hartz, Mariam Naficy, Josh Kushner, Snoop Dogg, and Yishan Wong. reddit plans its own cryptocurrency to give back to the community (later known as “reddit notes”)
- October 2014: reddit acquires the app, Alien Blue and makes it their first official app
- November 2014:Yishan Wong resigns as reddit CEO. Ellen Pao becomes interim CEO and cofounder Alexis Ohanian returns to reddit and becomes executive chairman
- May 2015: reddit introduces a anti-harassment policy which relies on reddit users to report hurtful users in the community
- June 23rd 2015: reddit celebrates it’s 10th birthday (or to redditors, its known as their cake day).
So here’s to many more years of reddit and to enjoying reddit’s cake day.
Don’t forget that TheCanadianTechie has it’s own subreddit, to get to it, just click the image below.