) is a social news website similar to Digg
. Reddit generates content through its userbase, who post URLs
to interesting sites, which then generate discussion on the topics found through the URLs
. Once posted, users are able to give a link either a down or an upvote, which then influences a links position on the front page.
Reddit was founded in 2005 by Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, with funding from Y Combinator. Conde Nast Publications, the owners of Wired Magazine, aqcuired Reddit in October of 2006.
Reddit was originally written in Lisp, however as a means to increase performance, it was rewritten in Python in 2005. In 2008, Reddit became an open source project.