Twitter accounts that aggregate Reddit are easier and better to read than Reddit itself
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- With thousands of subreddits and users, Reddit is known as a somewhat toxic place online.
- Twitter accounts that aggregate the best posts of specific subreddits are becoming more popular, and I can't get enough of them.
- These accounts eliminate the need to sift through possible racist, sexist, and homophobic posts, offering an easy way to enjoy the bright spots of Reddit.
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The social media website Reddit is made up of thousands of different forums, called "subreddits," devoted to different topics.Like any online community that reaches a certain thresh hold of users, space is liable to becoming toxic. Reddit bills itself as "the front page of the Internet," so, unfortunately, it comes with all the problems that plague the rest of the Internet, including racism, misogyny, homophobia, and other things generally upsetting.Advertisement
Outlets like The Atlantic and Jezebel have reported on how toxic Reddit can be for women, and this applies to just about every marginalized group. The website has a history of deeply offensive subreddits, many of which have been banned, like "FatPeopleHate," premised on being hateful towards people over their appearance, or "Creepshots," where (usually male) users post sexualized images of women without their consent.
Reddit has tried to be vigilant and update its anti-harassment rules, although this hasn't totally eliminated the problem. Even though these specific subreddits were shut down, people who frequented them can still post in other threads, and sexist, racist, homophobic attitudes pop up in other subreddits all the time in my experience.These kinds of posts can make Reddit basically inaccessible for many people who don't want to face posts that dehumanize them. For survivors of sexual violence, for example, the violent words and imagery can be triggering, and finding fun posts on Reddit is not worth the potential risk of seeing something terrible.
Subreddits exist for nearly every topic you can think of. Some are dedicated to posters asking for advice from the wider Reddit community on a variety of topics. On r/relationships, people post asking for advice on friendships, family, and romantic relationships.R/AITA, which stands for Am I the A--hole, is a place for users to lay out a sometimes one-sided scenario, and hopefully get validation that they were not, in fact, the jerk in the situation. The legal advice subreddit is, as you'd expect, a place for people to ask for answers to their legal questions from members who don't always claim to be legal experts.Some of the posts on these subreddits can be genuinely hilarious, the kind of thing you send in all your group chats. The problem comes in when you have to wade through sad, offensive, or just annoying posts to get to the good stuff. For every funny but benign relationship post, there are a few that have been upvoted to the top of the page that seem too outlandish to be real or have genuinely upsetting details that only a professional would be qualified to comment on.Advertisement
Well, what if there was a way to get a curated feed of only the best posts on these and your other favorite subreddits?
Enter: Twitter.Each of these subreddits has Twitter accounts that almost exclusively tweet posts from the forums. But these aren't bots, uncritically reposting everything. Instead, the people running these accounts handpick the best of the best. It's not a perfect system - someone still has to read through the whole subreddit to find the posts worth sharing - but it saves most of us from reading through depressing post after depressing post. Advertisement
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The legal advice Twitter started in 2016.
After a while, the account's creator found that it wasn't worth the time to "wade through the garbage," of Reddit, and they stopped being a regular user.Advertisement
They look for titles that stand out as silly or unusual, skipping past the barrage of posts about speeding tickets or common scams.
"For every post I make there could be dozens that day of someone suffering massive legal bills due to debt, or sexual assaults, or someone who is desperate for advice because they're about to be homeless."Advertisement
"That said, I do from time to time post some of the terrible ones," the account said. "My account is mainly focused on being silly, but I also feel it's important to highlight sometimes that the legal mechanisms in the US, in particular, are capable of hurting/not helping victims."
Other accounts take this same model and apply it to different subreddits, like r/AITA.Advertisement
"I've had a few people say that they don't like visiting Reddit, but they like seeing posts from there through other places, like Twitter," they said.
The creator of @AITA_reddit said, "I try to find some light-hearted ones when I can but otherwise I just go for whatever I find to be the most entertaining at the moment that I'm looking."Advertisement
People sometimes alert the account owner about Reddit posts that should make it to Twitter.
Even when many of the posts are dealing with difficult situations, it's not all negative. "There are a lot of Redditors that will give people good constructive advice so it's good to see that that's happening there."Advertisement
@Relationships.txt, or @redditships, is the most popular of these three accounts. The creators credit the below tweet, which they call "witch girlfriend," as the moment when the account really blew up.
They say that their followers love the absurdity and the drama, and extreme age gaps are usually reliable posts for the account.Advertisement
After running the account for over two years, the most interesting and weird posts "fly off the page." They try to avoid depressing posts or ones about minors.
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