Reddit Goes Open Source

Last night I wrote an article about Reddit’s big announcement party and the Tagging feature I discovered a little early. It turns out the feature “was the result of a prank, but we suspect tags will be one of the first features developed…”

Tonight is the announcement party where Reddit was supposed to deliver a surprise announcement. However, for some reason they have decided to release their surprise early through a video featuring the Reddit alien and a huge message.

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You are probably feeling a tingling sensations… this is normal.

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The video lists 3 reasons why they have decided to provide Reddit’s source code to the world.

  1. Reddit can benefit from faster development – Since the site is mainly run by the users, this will give the user more power to help in the developement of
  2. Increased transparency – Reddit has always been one of the most transparent social media communities and yet they still want to be more transparent.
  3. Love for Open Source Communty – Reddit just feels a true love for the open source community and feel they owe it to that community to be open. Claiming that much of Reddit comes from the open source community they feel an need to give back what they have built.

Reddit’s new development site was also put up this morning at

“Here you can download the code, participate in the forum, and help maintain our documentation wiki. As you can see, documentation is a little skimpy at the moment… that will improve.”

It should be only a matter of time until someone finds a way to incorporate the Reddit code into a WordPress plugin so you can have your own Reddit like section on your blog… hint hint.

My initial concerns where that people would have access to enough information about Reddit that they could spam or game it but Reddit had this to say, “there are a few portions of the code that we’re keeping to ourselves, mostly related to anti-cheating/spam protection.”

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So why announce the surprise announcement before the announcement event even starts?

“We liked announcing before (the event) because no one pays attn at events with free beer :”

Makes perfect sense to me.

I will still head out to the event tonight to drink beer and celebrate this ground breaking news.

Edit: I awoke the day after this hit Digg Front Page and it just so happened that the number of diggs it had was “1337”.

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11 Responses to “Reddit Goes Open Source”

  1. Michael D on June 18th, 2008 8:17 am

    Excellent job getting this information out so quickly. You are a reddit and social media guru. :)

  2. web design company on June 18th, 2008 9:34 am

    I think it’s a great move and very much support open-source!

  3. Robert on June 18th, 2008 12:02 pm

    In my eyes Digg’s algo has turned questionable at this point. The diebold of news aggregation voting. Their board may want to address the issue.

  4. Adam on June 18th, 2008 5:10 pm

    It will be good to create some diversity with the Reddit code. And they are doing it the right way too, a proven piece of code being released rather than a development piece of code being released and possibly murdered by the openSource community.

  5. Hteve on June 18th, 2008 5:16 pm

    This is great. Maybe someone will create a mobile version similar to Digg for the iPhone.

  6. Brent Csutoras on June 18th, 2008 5:21 pm

    @hteve like

  7. Joe Whyte on June 18th, 2008 5:23 pm

    I think this is great! I’m really excited to see this unfold and FYI.. This was breaking news to me and I found it on Brent Csutoras site!!!

    Great job Brent!

  8. Richard on June 18th, 2008 5:48 pm

    Very good.

  9. Ajay S. on June 18th, 2008 10:43 pm

    Reddit…. thats the spirit to keep up. U just earned my loyalty.

    Thanks for posting the news

  10. Qaswer on June 23rd, 2008 9:18 pm

    I am little bit confused with reddit in these days. I only submit some site once and it returned with several hundred links. What is that?

  11. Cindy Thomas on July 4th, 2008 2:12 am

    I really love what i am reading. Thank you for sharing, it has been a great read!

    Cindy Thomas

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