@paul: In general, for the same reason marketers are not that interested in reddit itself (relative to it's size). They are lazy. Big brands and marketers don't really understand how to *really* interact with a community, much less it's data.
Thanks Erik for taking time out to be with us. Great answers overall and wish you guys all the very best as you strive too take Reddit to the next level. Is there any talk of going IPO anytime in the near future?
@Erik-- another good (recent) example would be the son of the guy who wrote "Cotten Eyed Joe" and his plea to the community for help. That showed folks coming together from all over to help and support.
@nicole: I think the specific bill is great, but I'm even more excited that people are getting involved in crafting *any* bill, or involed in something like Test PAC (a real political action commitee formed on reddit), or a subreddit like /r/runforit, where redditors are helping each other figure out how to run for various public offices (mostly local). Those types of grassroots activites are where the real potential for change is, not in any one bill or event.
@paul: I think on reddit international users cross polinate and mix it up more than on FB/twitter across a bunch of topics. Plenty of global interaction on FB/twitter, but because of subreddits I think you see more interaction even on a very niche topic than you would on those.
@Erik, Is Reddit proposing alternative legislation called the Free Internet Act? Or is that something that was initiated by the community on Reddit? I read something briefly about it and am wondering what it's all about.
@paul, our users are very concerned about privacy in general, so it's always something we are thinking about and discussing with the community. There have been issues when we've tested out 3rd party tracking items (i.e ComScore), so we don't use those in general.
@smkinoshita we don't require anything to sign up other than username and password, so almost no info along those lines. We do use google analytics, so we track information that is available through that tool, and we track and target advertising based on what subreddits someone is subscribed to, but not much more than that.
@Erik: Much has been written about your claim that Reddit will allow all kinds of content on the site that may skirt close to the edge of the law. After the "Jailbait" incident, did your view on this change?
Actually it dawns on me that because Reddit allows anonymous behaviour, it's actually in a great marketing position considering the privacy is built it, so Reddit can just collect data on the number of people behaving in a certain way.
@Erik: How much data does Reddit collect about its massive group of anonymous users?
@Erik: what are some of the legal challenegs you guys have had to face over the years. We have seen sites like Craiglist coming under increase surveillance for their erotic section ads, which they finnaly abadoned.
The whole Amazon.reader debate is a double-stupid. It's stupid to think that there's any e-book buyer who doesn't know Amazon's URL, and it was stupider to let ICANN launch the whole free-form TLD initiative to start with.
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