Not all is well on Reddit: In response to new fees for third-party Reddit apps, a slew of subreddits have recently gone dark and shut down visitors. This means that users are isolated, Google web searches suffer, and people look for alternatives that can offer a similar resource to Reddit.
That’s where this list comes in: We’ve scoured the web to find the best Reddit alternatives you can check out right now, if you’re unable to access your favorite subreddit — or if your opinion of Reddit has soured on the whole thing.
It should be noted at the outset that there is nothing like Reddit – in scope, style or design. There is no exact Reddit clone out there. However, there are alternatives that can fill some of the Reddit-sized hole that you might be struggling with at the moment, and you may actually end up preferring these alternatives to the “front page of the internet.”
A lot of Reddit nerds find a home on Discord, especially gamers — there are plenty of gaming communities on Discord, along with servers dedicated to topics around music, science, technology, entertainment, and more. If you don’t find a server that works for you, or you just want to chat with a small group of friends, you can set up your own server.
Compared to Reddit, Discord is more of a chat room and less of a forum (if you’ve used Slack, it is). The focus is more on interacting with fellow users and less on posting links and memes as individual threads — but if a sense of community and discussion is what you’re missing on Reddit, Discord could be the perfect alternative.
Beehaw is relatively new and relatively young at the moment, but it’s one of the closest approaches to what you’ll find on Reddit, and it’s worth investigating as an alternative to Reddit. The interface looks a lot like Reddit, albeit without the many on-screen features and furniture that have accumulated over nearly two decades of operation.
Read Beehaw’s mission statement and you’ll see that the platform is committed to avoiding the “hate speech” and “misinformation” prevalent elsewhere. The communities available now cover everything from neuroticism and people of color to literature and gardening, so you’re sure to find something interesting here.
Slashdot is one of the most famous and popular news aggregators on the web – it’s been around since the late 1990s, and has amassed a loyal following in that time. In terms of the articles you’ll see posted, they’re mostly related to technology, but there are also science and entertainment sections, so you’ll always have plenty to read.
In Reddit style, stories and links posted come with comments and conversations underneath, so if you’re looking for somewhere to discuss and find the news of the day, Slashdot fits the bill. The site also offers a job board covering technology and science, as well as a well-stocked software download library covering all platforms.
4. Hacker news
If you mainly use Reddit as a way to find out what’s going on on the internet, check out Hacker News as an alternative. It’s a simple, unobtrusive site – just one list of popular articles of interest – but it always has interesting content. It’s especially good for tech-related articles, so it should appeal to TechRadar readers.
There is some user input, too, because comments and discussions can be added below articles, and the comments themselves can be categorized in addition to the stories themselves. If you find something of interest on the web, you can submit it for consideration as well. Although Hacker News is by no means a complete replacement for Reddit, it does fill a gap.
If you use Reddit mainly for memes, 9Gag has you covered: It’s not particularly complex, but there’s plenty to explore here in a wide range of categories: the list of sections on the left includes animation, pets, tech, sports, movies, And superheroes, so you get the idea. It’s perfect if you just want to casually waste some time on the Internet.
Be warned that there is a fair amount of adult content on 9Gag as well, though it’s hidden behind an allergy warning and easy to avoid. It’s definitely a busy community too, with most posts accompanied by a flurry of comments and upvotes – it matches Reddit in terms of how busy it is and how much engagement there is from users.
You can see Bluesky as a Reddit alternative and a Twitter alternative so that you can replace two applications at once. However, the social platform is not yet open to the public: to start using it, you’ll need to either get an invite from someone who’s already in use, or join a waiting list and be patient. As of now, it is not clear when it will be opened to everyone.
It’s a lot like Twitter in its operation, with a microblogging structure and options to post, share, like, and follow. You can see what people you follow are posting, or toggle to see what’s popular on the Bluesky Network. It’ll be interesting to see how Bluesky scales up – and monetizes – but for now, he’s refreshingly quiet.
Web historians will know that Digg and Reddit have a lot of history in common, both starting in the mid-2000s. Once more like Reddit, Digg is now more of an organized news aggregator than a user forum: If you usually use Reddit to discover interesting and popular articles from around the web, Digg will do the same job for you really well.
Load up the site and you’ll see that you can browse links in a variety of categories: news, video, games, culture, technology, and more. There is also a section for longer readings. All of these categories pull in links from around the web, as well as original Digg articles, and you’ll find that Digg does a good job of showing you some of the most interesting content on the web.