We still love Reddit, but if you think you’ve (somehow) exhausted it, think it’s on the decline, or want something new (but still similar), you are in luck. Throughout the past few years, various scandals have occurred on the site causing a small, yet, still significant, number of Redditors to either create their own alternative sites or join others. As a result, in the past few years, a number of Reddit alternatives have cropped up so that you can enjoy the same basic experience as Reddit, albeit on a different site with slightly different rules and/or design.
Below we’ve listed some of the best Reddit alternatives ranked by how much traffic they receive. However, it’s important to note that just because the site receives a lot of traffic does not mean the community is active, so it is best to look through all of these just to make sure you aren’t missing out on exactly what you want from your new Reddit.
List of the 6 Best Reddit Alternatives
To keep the community clean, Snapzu is currently open by invite only. However, while the amount of comments on each post is a little bit on the low side, Snapzu is still one of the better Reddit alternatives. Coming from Reddit, you’ll feel pretty at home with the layout and logic behind the site. Like Reddit, Snapzu is organized by communities. So when posting, you can decide which communities your post would be best suited to. You can follow other users and customize your home page to follow only the communities you want. Snapzu claims that they are pro-privacy and against censorship; however, like we’ve seen with Reddit, we’ll have to see how the site behaves when put under governmental pressure to see what its true stance is.
3tags is, as they put it, a “social journalism platform”. The emphasis on the 3tags is to write stories directly on the site, unlike Reddit where a large portion of posts are links to separate sites. And, if you weren’t a fan of the design of Reddit, you’ll likely fall in love with the clean minimal design of 3tags. It features easy to write typography and a great editor that allows you to draft your stories. Like Reddit and Snapzu, stories are organized by sub-communities that you can follow.
Empeopled offers an experience very similar to that of Reddit, except for one key difference. The site offers 1 sBTC (a fraction of a cent) to new users of the site and you get 5 sBTC’s for every upvote you garner on the site. The site actually pays you for the amount of karma you accrue. Unlike Reddit, your vote carries more weight to more upvotes your account receives. Voting manages to overall direction of the site as well. So power users get a say on how the site is run. In essence, it is a very decentralized version of Reddit.
Hubski harkens back to so-called “Golden-Age” of Reddit where thoughtful discussions and ideas were shared. Is it no surprise then that its tagline is “A thoughtful web”. And the site seems to live up to this ideal. Even though the traffic is much lower than many other Reddit alternatives, there is much more discussion than the more popular sites. And the discussion, for the most part, is lively and interesting. The site offers a pared-down design in a similar vein to how Reddit currently looks. If you are leaving Reddit because you think it is on the decline, then Hubski should definitely be your site you should consider as a Reddit alternative.
Aether is an interesting Reddit alternative. It is completely unlike the others in that it does not run on a central server, but, instead, runs on a peer-to-peer network in efforts to create a fully private system that cannot be censored by anyone. It also helps each user anonymize themselves. You also have to download a desktop client for it to actually work. What’s else? All posts are deleted after it becomes 6 months only. The site is completely focused being de-centralized and transient. It is definitely a good choice if you are leaving Reddit because you are worried about privacy and censorship.
Voat is a controversial Reddit alternative due to the drama that caused most of its user to leave Reddit for it. However, it is still a popular Reddit alternative with a community that is geared more towards the right on the political spectrum. The site is very commited towards privacy anf is anti-censorship. The design of the site is very similar to Reddit and anyone browsing it will feel instantly familiar.
At first glance, you might not think that this would be a site like Reddit. However, despite the difference in layout and overall flow of design, the site fosters the same great kind of discussions that you would find on Reddit. You can subscribe to various topics and the email newsletters rounding up recommended questions are actually kind of great.
Hacker News emerged at about the same time as Reddit. It even has an almost identical theme to what Reddit used to look like when it first started. It goes without saying, that the site also functions almost identically as Reddit does. However, the big difference is that the site is tailored mostly to programmers. And, as such, there are no separate communities. What you see on the homepage is everything.
While this list isn’t completely comprehensive, this should give you a good idea of the best Reddit alternatives that are out there. And if you choose one that you like, it’s important to stay active and foster the community to ensure that the site keeps growing. One of the best parts of Reddit is its size and breadth of discussion and it will take some quality content for these other sites to reach that level.