Really great that reddit is this transparent about everything.
It's the most random things on Reddit that really stop you in your tracks.
Remember how we used to smile
To share a foolish thought?
To simply wait and walk a while?
To talk of all, and nought?
We'd spend our days and nights as two,
Content to stare above.
I always felt the same with you -
It seemed a sort of love.
And so we made it something more -
But something came to end.
We never found what came before.
I miss my finest friend.
Reddit's 2017 April Fool's joke is located at /r/place. It allows users who have been around before March 31, 2017 to place a colored pixel on a canvas every 5 minutes. Initially, it was chaos, but amazingly, some subreddits have banded together to actually create real pixel art. This is all done over the internet and if you look at the screengrab here, some of these art pieces are quite large.
It kind of reminds me of The Million Dollar Homepage.
Check out this episode of A Total Disruption where Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, co-founders of reddit, describe the journey they have taken to get to where the site is today. With all of the crazy stuff that happens on reddit daily, it's nice to be reminded that part of the reason reddit is so successful is because it fosters a community of charity and giving that has literally changed the world. That, I think, is worth knowing about.
Earlier today, a reddit thread popped up that really had an interesting writing prompt: If you could call yourself five years ago and had 30 seconds, what would you say?
The responses are a mixed bag of heartwarming memories, devastating truths, and silly get-rich-quick-schemes, but the heart of the question resonated with me quite deeply. If I could tell myself anything in 30 seconds 5 years ago, knowing what I know today, what would I say?
First, some background...
Five years ago, it was September 2011. I was working a good job right around the corner from my house, I was dating Joyce, I was living in a fantastic apartment in Manhattan with my brothers, I had just gotten my first tattoo, and all of our family pets were still around. Later that year, I would make a 2nd trip out to Los Angeles which would instill in me a deep longing to move there which I ended up doing the following year.
It was, in short, a good time in my life. But if I had 30 seconds, what would I say to myself? I would make a list and start it off like this:
Hey man, it's you, calling from the future (sidenote: myself from 5 years ago would totally be prepared for a phone call from myself from the future -- I still wait for one today. So no need to waste time explaining anything because my past-self will just understand.). RECORD THIS CALL NOW AND KEEP IT FOREVER.
1. Don't worry about money. Spend on travel.
2. Be nicer. Be more patient.
3. Spend more time with Dusty, Oreo, Joey, and Bonnie. They all pass away within 5 years.
4. Don't quit your job the way you did.
5. Complain less about living in LA. You end up liking it in the end.
6. Take more videos of Tygra and Pepper (you'll meet them soon).
7. Don't travel back to NYC.
8. Cherish every moment with friends, family, and loved ones.
When did this start? I don't remember reddit AMA's having accompanying videos. I know they've done video promos but not actual video AMAs. Pretty cool. And two of my favorite comedians are featured in this one as well as in the traditional format on reddit too. Obviously, this AMA is centered around the release of Key & Peele's new movie Keanu. I can't wait to see this. It's gonna be dumb silly and fun I bet!