I don’t know about you, but when I first heard about the website Reddit I was like, “Huh? I don’t get it.” (Which was also my initial reaction to Twitter and Facebook; in hindsight, I should have taken my own bewilderment as proof that the thing was going to blow up.)
And now here it is owning the Internet: getting the most famous and interesting people on the planet to participate in uncensored Q-and-As, popularizing the world’s most crucial GIFs, and providing a venue for irresponsible, and incorrect, speculation about the identities of bombing suspects.
It may surprise you to learn that the site was co-founded by Columbia native and Howard High School alum Alexis Ohanian, the subject of a great profile by the Baltimore Sun.
Apparently, at graduation Ohanian imagined a future as a doctor, scientist, or lawyer. It was happenstance that led him to being included in the development of the website that has become “the front page of the Internet.”