Reddit party boasts good karma

Social news site's creators and users gather to talk news aggregation and witness a co-founder in an alien suit.


SOMERVILLE, Mass.--Reddit, the social news site, hosted one of its meet-ups Wednesday night at the famous local Irish pub, The Burren, in Davis Square here.

Reddit users can post links to news stories of interest that readers then vote up or down. The site also maintains a section for niche communities interested in special topics called "Subreddit."

Alexis Ohanian, a Reddit co-founder, came as...what else...the Reddit alien.

Also in attendance were many of Reddit's all-time leading users (posters get "karma" points for well-read articles), as well as several other entrepreneurs from small start-ups.

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian at The Burren. Candace Lombardi/CNET

This latest meet-up doubled as a Halloween party and marked the one-year anniversary of Reddit's acquisition by Wired Digital .

Wired Digital, which is owned by Conde Nast and includes Wired News, is now involved in Reddit's operations, but Reddit has managed to maintain its simple look and small community feel. Co-founders Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian are still only part of a staff of four and regularly correspond and troubleshoot bugs with users.

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Reddit anniversary/Halloween party at The Burren. Candace Lombardi/CNET
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