Best Reddit alternatives to look for after the blackout protests

Emre Çitak
Jun 13, 2023
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Reddit has gained a massive user base and offers a diverse range of discussions on various topics, but because of its recent API changes, a lot of people started to look for the best Reddit alternatives the internet has to offer.

If you're among those who have grown weary or frustrated with Reddit and have decided to bid farewell to your account, fear not! We have compiled a list of the 6 best alternatives to Reddit that you can explore. These platforms provide similar functionalities and communities for engaging discussions, minus the downsides.

Let's delve into the best Reddit alternatives internet has to offer!

What are the best Reddit alternatives?

These 6 of the best Reddit alternatives provide a breath of fresh air for those seeking a change from the Reddit experience.

Whether you're in search of a familiar forum layout like Hive, insightful conversations on Quora, a diverse imageboard community on 4Chan, cryptocurrency discussions on Steemit, straightforward news on Hacker News, or a lighthearted platform like 9Gag, these alternatives have you covered.

Let us go through all of these best Reddit alternatives one by one.

Hive

Hive, a burgeoning forum akin to Reddit, offers a wide range of discussion topics for users seeking a sense of community. Though not as extensive as Reddit, Hive boasts a user-friendly interface that Redditors will find comforting, with a layout and user experience reminiscent of Reddit.

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With their upvotes and downvotes, Hive is one of the best Reddit alternatives out there - Screenshot: Hive Blog

Like its predecessor, Hive supports upvotes and downvotes and features communities—akin to subreddits—that cater to various interests. Whether you're into technology, gaming, or any other subject, Hive's diverse community ensures you'll find the discussions you're seeking. With its solid forum experience, Hive is certainly worth exploring as a social media alternative to Reddit.

You may access Hive using the link here.

Quora

While Quora differs from Reddit by resembling Yahoo! Answers more closely, it has evolved into a platform fostering insightful discussions stemming from simple questions. Quora allows users to pose queries, with other members providing answers based on their expertise. Engage in knowledge-sharing by answering questions yourself or follow other experts in your field of interest.

Quora's community provides a spam-free environment where you can partake in intellectual conversations with peers. Leave behind the noise and embrace Quora's vibrant ecosystem.

You may try Quora using the link here.

4Chan

Renowned as one of the internet's most popular communities, 4Chan functions as an imageboard where users can share images and engage in discussions without the need for an account. The platform boasts an extensive selection of boards covering diverse topics, including music, video games, movies, technology, and Japanese anime.

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4Chan is the oldest platform in our list of best Reddit alternatives - Image: 4Chan

Additionally, 4Chan hosts an adult section specifically for mature content. Emphasizing anonymity, users can post content under any desired name. With its wide-ranging content and vibrant community, 4Chan presents a compelling alternative for those seeking a diverse online experience.

You may access 4Chan using the link here.

Steemit

Steemit, the original competitor to Reddit, once held a prominent position among Reddit alternatives. While Steemit's passionate user base remains a draw, it falls lower on our list due to certain drawbacks. Like Reddit, Steemit enables users to post and comment on content, as well as upvote or downvote posts. What sets Steemit apart is its incentivization of upvoted posts, rewarding users based on the number of upvotes received.

However, this system has led to an influx of click-baity and spammy posts, diluting the overall experience. Nevertheless, if you're involved in the cryptocurrency world, Steemit stands out as a leading alternative to Reddit.

You may access Steemit using the link here.

Hacker News (Y Combinator)

Hacker News represents the epitome of simplicity in the realm of news aggregation. Offering a clutter-free interface devoid of flashy elements or widgets, Hacker News caters to technology enthusiasts, hackers, geeks, entrepreneurs, and startup enthusiasts.

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Hacker News gets its spot in our list of best Reddit alternatives - Screenshot: Hacker News

News items are ranked based on points assigned by users through upvoting. Popular stories with the most points rise to the top. The platform sources its news from credible publications like The New York Times and The Washington Post. Users can submit stories, comment on them, and engage in discussions. Hacker News creates a space by hackers, for hackers.

You may access Hacker News using the link here.

9Gag

While not a direct competitor to Reddit, 9Gag has become synonymous with amusement on the internet. Originally a platform for sharing memes and funny images, 9Gag has evolved into a thriving community where users engage in discussions and share valuable content that sparks lively conversations in the comment section.

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We must talk about 9Gag if we are making a list of best Reddit alternatives

With various sections catering to diverse interests, 9Gag has something to offer everyone. Whether you're looking to unwind and have a laugh or explore engaging discussions, 9Gag is the perfect destination to lighten your mood and entertain yourself.

You may access 9Gag using the link here.

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Comments

  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm
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    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm
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      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between name.com domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am
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      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.
      http://www.google.com/saved

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm
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    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm
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    @Martin

    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:
    https://www.ghacks.net/2023/08/15/netflix-is-testing-game-streaming-on-tvs-and-computers/

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am
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    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm
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    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am
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      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm
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    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am
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    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm
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    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm
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    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

  10. Anonymous said on September 28, 2023 at 8:19 am
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    When will you put an end to the mess in the comments?

  11. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 9:36 am
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    Ghacks comments have been broken for too long. What article did you see this comment on? Reply below. If we get to 20 different articles we should all stop using the site in protest.

    I posted this on [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/28/reddit-enforces-user-activity-tracking-on-site-to-push-advertising-revenue/] so please reply if you see it on a different article.

    1. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 11:01 am
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      Comment redirected me to [https://www.ghacks.net/2012/08/04/add-search-the-internet-to-the-windows-start-menu/] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  12. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 10:48 am
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    Comment redirected me to [https://www.ghacks.net/2012/08/04/add-search-the-internet-to-the-windows-start-menu/] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  13. Mystique said on September 28, 2023 at 12:13 pm
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    Article Title: Reddit enforces user activity tracking on site to push advertising revenue
    Article URL: https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/28/reddit-enforces-user-activity-tracking-on-site-to-push-advertising-revenue/

    No surprises here. This is just the beginning really. I cannot see a valid reason as to why anyone would continue to use the platform anymore when there are enough alternatives fill that void.

  14. justputthispostanywhere said on September 29, 2023 at 3:59 am
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    I’m not sure if there is a point in commenting given that comments seem to appear under random posts now, but I’ll try… this comment is for https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/28/reddit-enforces-user-activity-tracking-on-site-to-push-advertising-revenue/

    My temporary “solution”, if you can call it that, is to use a VPN (Mullvad in my case) to sign up for and access Reddit via a European connection. I’m doing that with pretty much everything now, at least until the rest of the world catches up with GDPR. I don’t think GDPR is a magical privacy solution but it’s at least a first step.

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