When Reddit’s down, there’s always Twitter

Reddit, the social news site, has created a painful void for its loyal users by going dark to protest SOPA today, but Twitter users are helping filling the void with a hashtag, #altreddit.

The hashtag boils down the thudding sameness of the thousands of new topics started daily on Reddit into Twitter’s 140-character limit. It was started by Matt Binder, but got a boost when Gawker writer Adrian Chen revived it earlier this afternoon.

(Another inspiration for #altreddit is #altwiki, which users are tweeting in place of Wikipedia today.)

“With Reddit down, I will personally shame bad videogame PR people or track down lost white teens. Just tweet #altreddit,” tweeted Chen.

Other Twitter users are mentioning things redditors like—Ron Paul, atheism, and weed.

Kevin Slane got snarky, by which we mean “accurate”:

“Hey check out this thing that just happened to me, and by that I mean I reposted something but made it seem personal for upvotes #altreddit,” he tweeted.

The Daily Dot put together a Storify of some of our favorite #altreddit tweets. Upvote! Oh wait, you can’t do that today.

Jordan Valinsky

Jordan Valinsky

A former editorial operations specialist and staff writer for the Daily Dot, Jordan Valinsky is a tech reporter and web culture commentator. His work has been published by the Week, Digiday, CNNMoney, Popular Mechanics, Vice, Mic, and Betabeat.