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.”
His involvement with Reddit not only made him a fortune when it was sold to Conde Nast in 2006; it helped shape him into an icon of Internet activism. His campaigning against a pair of anti-piracy bills earned him the title “mayor of the Internet.”
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