A few days back Reddit the popular news aggregator service released a major announcement that it was releasing it’s code base as an open source project titled Open Reddit. Reddit is a social news website that displays news based on your personal preferences and what the community likes. Your preferences are determined based on your history of voting stories up or down.
Reddit takes simple to a new level with a very plain design that is easy to use. The community is focused more on offbeat news and commentary of current news than just posting the latest article off the AP wire. Reddit’s which was acquired by Conde Nast in 2006 made the decision to release an open source version of their system a few days ago, this pretty is a pretty radical move for any company although it could be a very successful one.
If your thinking of dumping your pligg or drigg solution for the proven reddit system there are a few things you should know first. It runs on python for a start so no php here. Unfortunately if your not an experienced server administrator Reddits open source project might prove a very steep learning curve indeed, if you can get Open Reddit running though it’s a pretty great system. One site that is already running reddits open source code is TechCrunch who have recently created TechCrunch TechNews
With some cool addons like browser bars already being contributed to the project from community members Open Reddit is definitely a system worth taking for a test drive.
Open Reddit Socialite FireFox Extension: Open Reddit Browser Bar
Visit Reddit Home page: Reddit.com
Open Source Reddit Project Home page: Reddit Open Source Project Page
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