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What is a Reddit AMA?

Exploring the Growing Popuarlity of AMA Threads on Reddit

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What is a Reddit AMA?
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Reddit has honestly become one of the most useful, popular and informative social networking sites on the entire web. If you haven’t discovered Reddit AMAs yet, now’s your chance to get in on all the fun.

What is a Reddit AMA?

AMA stands for “Ask Me Anything.” You can find these in the /r/IAmA/ subreddit. Here, you’ll find a number of posts either listed as IAMA or AMA.

IAMA (I Am A): In an IAMA post, a person posts who they are, what they did or what they currently do. Other users can than ask the person questions.

AMA (Ask Me Anything): In an AMA post, a person will answer questions about literally anything from Reddit users.

If you look in the right sidebar of the IAmA subreddit, you’ll also notice there’s an AMAA options as well, which stands for “Ask me Almost Anything.” Although it may be regarded as the less popular option compared to AMAs and IAMAs, it usually allows posters to answer questions surrounding a specific topic.

In general, AMAs, IAMAs and AMAAs all basically mean the same thing. Some posts who they are, and they answer questions. That’s about it.

How to Track Upcoming AMAs

There are some really interesting people and high profile individuals who do AMAs on Reddit. This is part of what makes Reddit so great. In the sidebar to the right on the AMA subreddit, you can see a table of upcoming AMAs scheduled over the next week or so featuring some of the most interesting people.

To prevent people from lying about who they are, original posters are asked to provide proof of they identify in their posts or otherwise message any of the moderators so they can verify it. Anyone who pretends to be someone they’re not in an AMA post will usually see their post removed.

Reddit AMA Rules and Guidelines

In addition to providing proof of who are as an original poster for an AMA, there’s a whole set of guidelines and rules for getting your AMA going and keeping it on topic. You can find all of that information again in the sidebar of the AMA subreddit.

To start, there’s a whole list in the sidebar of everything an AMA should not be about. They are generally supposed to inform people about a specific topic and original posters should be regarded as experts in answering questions from the public. AMAs typically don’t cover common or generic topics. They’re there to inform people about a unique topic rather than to create one long page of nonsense and irrelevant content.

There’s a detailed page of more information about AMAs here.

A Couple of the Top, Most Memorable AMAs

Still not convinced Reddit AMAs are worth reading? You may change your mind when one of your favorite celebrities or high profile heroes decides to launch one.

Rapper Snoop Dogg/Lion did an AMA on Reddit in December of 2012, which attracted over 1.6 million page views to the social news site just for that day. Reddit announced that it was the second biggest AMA to ever take place on the site.

Not surprisingly, the biggest ever AMA to take place on the site was the one posted by Barack Obama, President of the United States on August 29, 2012. The AMA garnered almost 3 million page views on that day, with many more millions of page views following for the days after the AMA took place.

If that doesn’t convince you how great AMAs are, I don’t know what will. The fact that regular people like you and I can connect, interact and even speak to such high profile individuals that we’d likely never be able to do otherwise without the technology we have today is absolutely amazing.

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