When it comes to social media platforms, 2012 will be remembered as the year of the rise and rise of Reddit. It stood out from others thanks to its sincere simplicity and interesting content being shared across. Its popularity increased manifold when famous personalities did AMA sessions (Ask Me Anything), some of which led its servers to crash due to huge number of hits.
As the year drew to an end, Reddit released some stats which were indeed mind-blowing! In 2012 alone, it garnered 37 billion page views, 400 million unique visitors, 4 billion votes, 30 million posts and more than 260 million comments. Woah!
Not just that but it also compiled a list of the top 10 posts of 2012 with US President Barack Obama’s AMA session holding the top spot with maximum number of page views:
1. I am Barack Obama, President of the United States — AMA (5,598,171 page views)
2. What’s your “picture you can’t see without laughing”? (2,450,140 page views )
3. What’s your favorite picture on the whole Internet? (2,148,400 page views)
4. reddit, what do you look like before and after makeup? Is there a real difference? (2,142,071 page views)
5. Today, a homeless looking man handed me $50 and this note. Do any of you have any idea what it means? (1,756,748 page views)
6. What GIF makes you laugh every single time? (1,749,185 page views)
7. I’ve been playing the same game of Civilization II for almost 10 years. This is the result. (1,651,956 page views)
8. I am South Korean Singer, Rapper, Composer, Dancer and Creator of Gangnam Style PSY. AMA(1,514,034 page views)
9. What’s your secret that could literally ruin your life if it came out? (1,482,935 page views)
10. I’m Snoop Lion! Ask me anything!! (1,467,071 page views)
Given its increasing popularity, Reddit was forced to add more servers and equipment and hire more staff to keep up with the pace.
Good luck with 2013, you.