What Makes the Front Page of reddit Tick

Todd W. Schneider —

I was pleasantly surprised when somebody shared my traveling salesman animation to reddit and the post made it all the way to reddit's default front page (i.e. the top 25). The gif racked up over 1.3 million pageviews on Imgur, a testament to reddit's traffic-generating prowess. Before the post made it to the front page, though, it was brought to my attention that it was on the second page of reddit, and that with a bit of luck, maybe it would make it to the front page.

If you like data, statistics, and the internet — this is for you. It’s like looking behind the magic reddit curtain to see what makes the front page of reddit tick.