I think it’s safe to say that 2012 was a landmark year for reddit. Of course, the user-generated content community has been growing exponentially for a few years, but 2012 saw the site become a true cultural powerhouse. There’s the good, like hosting the President of the United States for an AMA question & answer session. And then there’s the bad, like controversial subreddits r/jailbait and r/creepshots shining a (very public) negative light on the site.
But the bottom line is that all of that attention led to a lot of pageviews. Reddit, like many other sites, has given us a look at their year-in-review, by the numbers. And those numbers are pretty impressive.
According to reddit, the site saw approximately 37 billion pageviews in 2012.
Those pageviews cames from around 400 million unique visitors, who crafted 30 million posts. Those posts received 4 billion votes and 260 million comments.
Reddit has also unveiled the top ten posts of 2012, and number one shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone: President Obama’s AMA generated 5,598,171 pageviews to take the top spot. We know from a previous post that the President held sway over 30% of reddit at one point during the AMA.
The next two top posts of the year belong to r/AskReddit posts, “What’s your ‘picture you can’t see without laughing?'” and “What’s your favorite picture on the whole Internet?.” both with a little over 2 million pageviews. In fact, r/AskReddit dominated the top ten, holding six spots. Two more AMAs finished in the top ten, with PSY’s coming in 8th and Snoop
Dogg Lion’s coming in 10th.
Reddit: from humble beginnings to internet superpower. Here’s the fun story of how it all began: