Could you tell people
About your time on Reddit
Using a haiku?
The website’s cofounder Alexis Ohanian decided to give it a try.
On June 6, Ohanian hosted an AMA in r/books. The session was not only meant to mark the site’s upcoming 8th birthday, but also to raise interest in Ohanian’s new book, Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed, scheduled to be published in October.
To keep the session interesting, Ohanian answered all questions lobbed at him in the form of a haiku.
How did you and Steve first draw users to the site? (preggit)
’05 was harder
no social media growth
begged friends, PG post
What do you think will cause Reddit’s eventual downfall? (rezinball)
We won’t pull a digg
At least we’re open source but
Upstarts may drink ‘shake
Hello Alexis—How much did hosting cost for this site 8 years ago? (Dr_Frederick)
“Great question, doctor.
Not sure, but I know it was
Cheaper than our rent”
Of course, several redditors didn’t want Ohanian to have all the fun. Some of them posed their questions as haikus, with Ohanian responding in kind.
Time proceeds space
What new reddit do you see
Rising in its place?
We are open source
I don’t know what’s past reddit
‘Long as it’s progress
I have no question
Just dreams of acknowledgement
From the creator
That can be arranged
Like a crappy Make A Wish?
Upvote for you, sir
Finally, some redditors took the opportunity to ask their beloved site’s co-founder about—what else?—haiku.
How do you feel about haikubot? (Afrp-Dano)
Stealing my mojo
But that’s OK as long as
No kittens are harmed
What are your 5 favorite longest words? (flarpy59)
“Why do you hate me?
Go count that, buddy”
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