A Digger crashes a Reddit meetup

Okay, so maybe it’s not quite as incendiary as the title suggests. After all, I have officially been a Redditor for almost a year now (and over two years if you count my first real Reddit account).

In any case, I happened to be in the Downtown Los Angeles area for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), so I decided to accept the open invitation to join my fellow LA Redditors at the Veranda Bar at the Figueroa Hotel for drinks. Having been to plenty of Digg meetups, and never to a Reddit meetup, I didn’t know what to expect.

What I discovered was an intimate gathering of warm, genuine, fascinating people whose passion for scintillating conversation extended way beyond the keyboard. We laughed, we drank (lots), we trolled.

I had the pleasure to (finally) meet Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian (aka kn0thing, who unfortunately did NOT bring the awesomesauce, as far as I saw), a person whose accomplishments I’ve admired for some time now. Once we were both sufficiently loosened up with margaritas and beer, I asked him the question that has plagued feuding nations since time immemorial, from the Israelis vs. Palestinians¬† to the Irish Protestants vs. Catholics to the French soccer team vs. everyone else… Why can’t Diggers and Redditors get along? He offered a unique solution, plus his thoughts on a recent Ohanian-bashing post on TechCrunch.

I’d like to thank my gracious fellow Redditors for a terrific time at the meetup. Here’s to future meetups!