A new analytics suite for Reddit has been created by a group of programmers from Hack Reactor, that utilizes the Reddit public API whilst combining real-time data into easy to understand graphic visualizations of historical data. To use the suite is simple, just head over to Reddit Insight and either enter your Reddit username (or someone you follow) to get a decent look at how some of their posts have evolved as well as the amount of Karma each post received.
Topic Cluster is a great visualization tool that allows you to select from 4 current subreddits to see how the topic is mainly broken down to. In the example below I chose r/Technology, which is mainly composed of 4 main subjects currently making the news followed by their associated keywords.
Track a post allows you to track how an individual post grew over time, as well as any Karma achieved for said post, by simply adding the comment URL and hitting Submit. In the example below, I tracked a post I submitted on 4th June 2013. You will see the shape of the graph change constantly as the information is compiled, and then it will continue to change as data is collected in real-time via the Reddit API. The Karma awarded for the post (via up/down votes) is also reflected in real-time.
Track a User is another nifty feature is the ability to track an individual user to see how their Karma levels have changed over time. You will note when you use the tool that the data (when hovering your cursor over a chart) says Thursday 01 Jan 1970. This is known as Epoch Time so doesn’t reflect a time stamp for the users post. You can though see what Karma points were awarded, and underneath take a look at the users comments or posts.
You can also create your own Word Cloud, by simply selecting one of the 17 subreddits listed
Another interesting tool is the Interaction feature that lets you see the relationship between controversy ratio, interactions, and total karma per subreddit.
The Reddit Insight Analytics Suite also gives you a few nuggets of useful information regarding Reddit like the current Top 5 subreddits, which are :
as well as other information on some of the most commonly used words, and where they are mainly used.
Go ahead and check out Reddit Insights to see what information you can find, as there are more features that I haven’t shown here. It’s a fantastic tool and will hopefully improve in its usage over time. The team behind this project are:
Patrick Stapleton @gdi2290 – app architecture, front-end
Alex Gaputin – pulled all the data, back-end
Kevin Smith @kevinhsmitty – front-end architecture, realtime data capture, layout and styling
Elle Beal – d3, front-end and project management
Bill Shelton – data munging, data visualization and machine learning with Python, D3 and R
Chris Sita – d3 Interaction scatter plot
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