The Internet Association Welcomes reddit
USER-EMPOWERED SOCIAL NEWS COMMUNITY JOINS THE UNIFIED VOICE OF THE INTERNET ECONOMY
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Internet Association, the unified voice of the Internet economy, is pleased to announce that reddit has joined in the fight to protect Internet freedom alongside global industry leaders such as Airbnb, Amazon.com, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Gilt, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Path, Practice Fusion, Rackspace, salesforce.com, SurveyMonkey, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, and Zynga.
reddit is a community of communities where users can not only share and vote on their favorite content from around the web, but also create new discussions. The interactive platform mobilizes what is new and popular on the web. Launched in 2005, reddit surpassed over 70 million unique visitors and almost 5 billion pageviews as of May 2013. A driving force behind reddit’s communities is the user functionality to interact around and submit content and, as a community, through voting determine what receives the most discussion and awareness on the site.
“We’re really excited to be joining the Internet Association,” said General Manager of reddit, Erik Martin. “In spite of reddit being an incredibly effective way to lower workplace productivity, we’ve also seen how online communities can have a transformative economic impact. It’s critically important to help leaders and policy makers at all levels understand the powerful and sometimes chaotic Internet economy, and to ensure that it remains protected to be able to operate freely.”
“The Internet Association is ecstatic to have reddit on board,” said Michael Beckerman, The Internet Association President and CEO. “User empowerment is an integral component of what we do and what we stand for. The reddit community is unique and powerful with an important policy voice. Shortsighted government regulations harm the innovative progress that the user community propels. We welcome innovators like reddit to join our cause as we educate policymakers about the critical value of a free and innovative Internet on our future.”
About The Internet Association
The Internet Association is the unified voice of the Internet economy representing the interests of the leading Internet companies including Airbnb, Amazon.com, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Gilt, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Path, Practice Fusion, Rackspace, reddit, salesforce.com, SurveyMonkey, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, and Zynga. The Internet Association is dedicated to advancing public policy solutions to strengthen and protect Internet freedom, foster innovation and economic development, and empower users. The Internet Association is headquartered in Washington, D.C. www.InternetAssociation.org.
Founded in 2005 by Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman, reddit (www.reddit.com) is a community includes more than 71.1 million users around the world. Users can create subreddits around topics they’re passionate about; there are more than 5,400 active subreddits that users can peruse, submit to, and subscribe to on the site. reddit also helps host the world’s largest gift exchange as listed in the Guinness Book of World Records through reddit gifts; it also features video and original programming through reddit.tv (http://reddit.tv).