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How to Organize a Political Community Using Reddit

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, November 11 2011

Every day, half a million people visit the community news site Reddit to share links and filter information. A big chunk of those people go to the site's Politics section, and thousands also participate in "sub-reddits" on everything from anarchism and Americans Elect to Republicans and Ron Paul. Thirty-nine different Occupy groups have sub-reddits on the site, and the main one has nearly 20,000 members.

More than that, Reddit is known as a community website where people often band together to help each other out, not just with sympathetic words or donations of money or services. As techPresident's Nick Judd reported last year ('I Lose Sleep Over Upvotes -- Seriously:' How a Subreddit Became a Social Action) a single 500-word rant about net neutrality by Redditer Eddie Geller rapidly turned into a full-blown political action committee, the Open Source Democracy Foundation.

On our next PdF conference call, Thursday November 17 at 1pm ET, we're going to explore how and why Reddit works this way, with Geller and Erik Martin, the site's general manager. If you have ever wondered how to navigate Reddit's ecosystem, or how to use the site for organizing, you won't want to miss this call. Register here.

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