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All you need to know about Reddit AMAs

Hang on. What does “AMA” mean?

“AMA” stands for “Ask Me Anything” – a phrase used for question and answer threads on Reddit.

And… what’s Reddit?

Reddit is a social website where registered users submit content such as text posts or links, and other users “upvote” or “downvote” it. Reddit’s own slogan is “the front page of the internet”. Submissions are posted to a relevant “subreddit” and users can subscribe to the subreddits that interest them. AMA threads are posted to reddit.com/r/IAmA/

So what are AMAs all about?

Quite literally – anything! The rules of the subreddit state that an AMA should be about either “something uncommon that plays a central role in your life” (e.g. your job) or a “truly interesting and unique event” (e.g. “I just climbed Mount Everest!”).

There is also – reddit.com/r/CasualIamA – for those who want to do a Q&A session but don’t meet the rules of the main subreddit.

What sorts of people have done AMAs in the past?

All sorts! AMAs can be tagged under about 30 different categories – sport, politics, gaming, health, music, author – as well as an ‘other’ category for those that just don’t quite fit anywhere else.

Celebrities who take part in an AMA often include proof that it’s really them by linking to their official social media accounts or including a photo. Arnold Schwarzenegger did both.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sounds good – what are the best AMAs to read?

The highest voted AMA of all time is from US President Barack Obama. Others who have the privilege of ranking in the top 25 include:

How will I know when an exciting AMA is happening? 

If you head to reddit.com/r/IAmA/, upcoming AMAs are listed in the sidebar on the right hand side of the page. There’s also a Google Calendar with a full list so you can be sure to be by your computer. All times are listed in GMT -5:00.

Photo credits: Imgur for Bill Gates, Imgur for Arnie

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