Reddit Jumps The Shark

I have been reading Reddit for years. I keep subscribing to new subreddits and unsubscribing from others, every few months, as I find new interests, and get bored with others. But now that Reddit has been sold out from the old guard, the new owners seem to be doing everything in their power to eliminate all their users, in their blind desire for more viewers.

Only a few months ago, the home page was a bottomless pit, you could subscribe to as many subreddits as you liked, and the home page would endlessly show you all the content. If you reached the bottom of the page, it just kept adding older and older content.

I liked that, because I’m weening off Social Media, and can go for days without reading any stories. But the past few months, Reddit cuts off the home page after a day or so worth of posts. It just hits some desired end, and won’t keep going.

Lately, I find myself selecting a single subreddit at a time, and going through all of it’s stories, until I reach the end of what is available. On top of that, I’ve noticed a drop in quality of posts in Reddit. I’ve decided, in the end, that Reddit really has jumped the shark. The new owners have chased away too many of the original contributers, that it’s become worse than useless. AKA, jumped the shark.

I’ve seen Google+, Facebook, and Twitter all jump the shark. Twitter seems to be the only one still hanging onto a thread, but that seems to be only due to the fact that Twitter is less people following family members and friends, and more people following content creators who make compelling content that attracts others. Facebook assume you won’t quit following your mom, mostly due to the guilt of unfollowing her. Twitter has never suffered that restriction.

On twitter, I only follow authors and podcast creators who make content I tend to find interesting, now and then. And I find myself following fewer and fewer, as Twitter turns into a sewer of political hatred that has consumed most of it’s fans.

I’m starting to see the wisdom that Google once tried to employ, forcing fans to adopt their REAL persona online. When people are allowed to be anonymous, to hide behind a pseudonym with no consequences, we end up with conspiracy theories, like the whole QANON stupidity. As long as idiots like Glann Beck fans and anti-vaxxers are allowed to promote their crap without any penalty, we all suffer from the lack of facts. There are zero people on the Internet that anyone can trust.