How to Troll on Reddit

Reddit is a wonderful website, with a diverse and intelligent community. The users submit interesting links from around the Web, as well as thoughtful and informative essays on a variety of topics. Registered users of the site are then able to vote on that content, comment on the content, and vote on the comments. This allows the best content to rise to the top, while keeping noise to a minimum.

As is often the case with a large group of intelligent users, there is a great diversity of opinion among the userbase. While the demographics are not rigorously recorded by the site itself, many informal polls show that the majority of the users skew young; most fall within the 16-30 year old age group. Beyond that, the majority seem to lean to the left; liberal, atheist, generally mistrustful of authority. This puts the opposite side – conservative, Christians, fans of law and order – on the defensive. We will put this defensive stance to use in our trolling efforts.

Note that griefing these groups is by far the least subtle type of trolling. Truly masterful trolls, like LouF, are able to convince the reader that they sincerely believe the antagonistic positions they take. Sadly, I do not possess that level of skill.

The first step is to select your target demographic. There are many groups that are under constant scrutiny merely because they are members of that group. They have become overly sensitive to criticism of whatever criteria define their group, and are therefore prone to over-react when confronted about those criteria. Groups that I have trolled with success on Reddit include:
Christians / the faithful Jews / supporters of Israel Military supporters Police supporters Urban cyclists American gun advocates
Once you have selected a demographic, you need to find a conversation where passions are already inflamed. For example, an article describing how a driver was charged for menacing cyclists is sure to bring out a group of cyclists.

After selecting a suitable conversation, it’s important to espouse a position which is

(a) contrary to the general sentiment of the target group,

(b) expresses disdain or derision for that group, and

(c) has some basis in logic, law or common sense. In our cyclist example, you might point out how sad it is that grownups feel the need to impede vehicular traffic while riding children’s toys.

Similarly, Christians do not respond to being referred to as “superstitious”, despite the fact that the dictionary definition of the word is technically correct when describing the faithful. Jews, in particular, are sensitive about the situation in Israel; the ones that support the state of Israel feel they need to justify the actions of fundamentalists, while those who eschew the actions of the extremists still feel they must defend their Jewish heritage at all costs.

Another successful trolling tactic involves identifying a “big fish” within a sensitive group and finding that user’s weakness, then attacking mercilessly. Your efforts may meet with little success at first, but with time you can arouse the ire of “ordinary” posters and will be able to lead a charge against your (formerly) popular target.

If you find that someone smarter than you is getting the better of you, it’s best to disengage quickly, rather than let them beat you down. Ignoring someone who has made a valid or superior argument will often infuriate them into making a mistake later.

Finally, remember that building an audience is key; you want to attract eyeballs to the conversation, so that people will remember your name, and look forward to future confrontations. By engaging in authentic participation, you can garner a following that will serve you well when promoting content at a later time.

Good luck, and happy trolling!

App learning is revolutionising classrooms

Digital education technologies are gaining popularity in schools as more educators realise the benefits.

More educators are realizing the benefits of incorporating web technologies and apps into traditional teaching methods. A huge push on developing peer-to-peer learning is also being seen where students go online and help each other in developing their understanding of subjects.

Meanwhile, technology companies are implementing mobile apps and other technologies in innovative ways to deliver a better learning process for students. Mobile development is becoming a key factor in the education sector, as many companies are starting up projects to upgrade the age-old systems to a higher standard.

Revolutionising Learning Processes

One company that is pushing aggressively in encouraging schools to incorporate more technology into their classrooms is the internet behemoth Google.

A New York Times article explains how more than half of the country’s primary and secondary students use the company’s apps like Docs and Gmail. “Between the fall of 2012 and now, Google went from an interesting possibility to the dominant way that schools around the country teach students to find information, create documents and turn them in,” said Hal Friedlander, former chief information officer of the New York City Department of Education.

Google is not the only one that is interested in the opportunity offered by education marketing. There are many players, including San Francisco-based ClassDojo which has been able to make its presence felt in classrooms around the country.

ClassDojo creates a student’s behavioral report based on various parameters like creativity, hard work, and teamwork. These reports can then be used by teachers to analyse students and advise them on ways to improve in the areas where they fall short. ClassDojo is currently used by schools in more than 60 countries.

Another company using technology to create innovation in education is Duolingo. The company’s app enables users to easily learn around 68 languages using a game-like structure, where the learner is rewarded points for completing lessons. The mobile app is incredibly popular and has already clocked in more than 150 million downloads worldwide.

Explore Learning, a UK-based tuition service, uses various online tools to make the learning process easier for its students. The software sets learning goals for children, tracking their progress and reporting it to parents.

The Future of Education Technology

The shift from traditional education was aptly captured by Jason Palmer, a partner at New Markets Venture Capital, when he said in an article with EdSurge that,

“…technology is transforming education from an art into a data-driven learning science.”

Over the next decade, various new technologies are projected to herald in a wider innovation in education and make the learning process much more engaging.

Of particular interest will be virtual learning environments, that enable students to learn subjects in an interactive way. Instead of learning about atomic particles from a textbook, a student will be able to hook up a VR device and explore atomic structures in 3D. This level of interaction will make subjects far more interesting as well as easier to understand.

Another big development will be the introduction of Artificial Intelligence systems into the learning process. These AI technologies combined with educational apps, will be able to track a student’s progress and create learning tactics customised to their abilities.

With increasing smartphone penetration among students, mobile education is also projected to be in massive demand. The ease of using a palm-held device to learn complex theories in bite-sized lessons, is an aspect that attracts students to utilise mobile educational apps regularly.

At Strawberrysoup, we leverage the power of mobile development to provide cutting-edge educational technologies to our clients. To know more about how educational apps and services can help students learn better and faster, get in touch.

Future Proof Content for Long-Term Profitability

Account Suitcase understands the importance of long-term online visibility to local business websites and how the frequent changes in search engines’ algorithms can negatively impact on local businesses. Specifically with Google, in its aim to increase the quality of search results, many sites have dropped in rankings for particular searches, including local search results.

What It Means To Future Proof Quality Content

Ever since Google started moving forward with its goal of coming up with nearly perfect quality search results, it has also set guidelines and signals that will either push or drop a website’s ranking. For content that is future proof, a drop in its ranking is unlikely to happen since its ranking is founded on quality, reliable link referrals, and social media signals.

A future proof quality content’s ranking is most unlikely to be affected negatively by changes in search engine algorithms such as Google’s Panda and Penguin updates.

And because content that is future proof receives more visitors and website traffic, the risk of losing profit and a prospective customer base is lessened.

How To Future Proof Content

There are several factors to consider in ensuring that a website and its content is future proof.

1. Creating Quality Content

A solid, quality content will always be easier to rank and exceeds the longevity of other content that is rather shallow and low quality. It is also, by nature, future proof because of its informational value that will encourage other websites to link to it, thus generating more referrals and visitors.

In addition, modifications to content that is already of a high quality are usually minor and made to accommodate updates on current or new information, if needed.

2. Inbound Links

Whilst the number of inbound links pointing to the content or web page is relevant in future-proofing content, the quality of inbound links is of higher importance. The authority of a page that points to another page is factored in more than the number of sites pointing to the same page. Especially with the anti-spam measures of Google, it is best to safeguard your content within a good neighbourhood and with a linking strategy that will continue to work in the long run.

Referrals from other quality sites don’t only help in ranking content; it also provides exposure to the audience of the external referring site, allowing the content to receive more visitors.

3. Social Media Signals

Social media works on its own and, at the same time, is in a way, being used by search engines in ranking content in search results.

However, when use in terms of ranking, there are several challenges when using social media. The quality of referral or exposure content receives from social media sites is valued depending on factors such as authorship, relevance and possibly, the number of people talking about it (linking to it) from social media sites.

On the other hand, content exposure on social media – through links – will ensure consistent online presence for the content. It may not necessarily receive visitors from organic search results, but it can still receive a targeted audience just the same.

One more highlight of social media in terms of future-proofing content is that, because it does not rely on search engines, the content will continue to receive visitors regardless of changes in search engine algorithms.

4. User-friendliness and Mobile Connectivity

Whether using smartphones or tablets, website content should be optimised for mobile connectivity. Future-proofing content doesn’t only mean making sure your content will always be found, it also means your content is accessible on various platforms and in the most convenient ways for users.

Why is this important? The activity and conversion rate on the site is influenced by how accessible and easy a user can navigate a site. If one of the goals of the content or page is to keep extending its lifetime, it should also cater to the available improvements that change over time to enhance user experience.

Future-proofing content may not seem an easy task, but it is an important step for businesses that want to improve their longevity in the industry through long-term online visibility.