Once a year Reddit users step away from their computers to meet their fellow men and women IRL (in real life) during Global Meetup Day, now in its fifth year.
These meetups vary from location to location–some are just picnics while other locations go as far as getting a bouncy castle. It’s a rare opportunity for virtual acquaintances to meet in the flesh. Techie cities like Seattle, New York City and even Budapest had a meetup this past June 14.
To show you just how curious Redditors are about their fellow counterparts, a recent thread titled “What does Reddit look like?” garnered 18,223 comments and counting, in the six days since it was posted. It also invited Redditors to send their pictures.
Sharing the same curiosity, Fusion visited Reddit meetups in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Miami and asked Redditors to reveal, among other things, why they’ve fully embraced the online community.
“The down vote. Honestly, that’s the one thing if I had to sum it up, the fact that there’s a down vote is different than Facebook and CNN News. The fact that socially, crowdsource almost, get to moderate what’s hot, what’s not, what’s spam,” said Reddit user Daniel Dimassa.