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One of the most popular subreddits is IAmA ("I Am A") where a user may post 'AMAs' (for "Ask Me Anything"), or similarly "AMAAs" (for "Ask Me Almost/Absolutely Anything") – prompts for others to ask questions about any topic. AMAs are open to all Reddit users, and use the site's comment system for both questions and answers; it is similar to a press conference but online. This subreddit was founded in May 2009.[1] From 2013 to 2015, Victoria Taylor assisted reddit's volunteer community in presenting interviews.[2][3][4]

A number of notable individuals have participated in the IAmA subreddit or in an AMA, some of whom have appeared multiple times. Notable people who participated in the IAmA subreddit itself include then-United States President Barack Obama (while campaigning for the 2012 election[5]), Bill Gates (multiple times),[6] and Donald Trump (also while campaigning).[7]

As of May 2017, Barack Obama's AMA is the highest rated on the site, followed by those for Victoria Taylor, Reddit's former director of talent; Ken Bone, an Illinois man who went viral during the 2016 U.S. presidential election; Leah Remini, an actress who is a former member of Scientology; and Bill Gates.[8] The increased traffic for Obama's AMA brought down many parts of the website when it occurred on August 29, 2012.[9]

Celebrities participating in IAmAs have seen both positive and negative responses. In 2012, Woody Harrelson's AMA[10] was criticized after Harrelson declined to answer questions that were unrelated to the movie Rampart he was promoting.[11] Similarly, Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra's AMA was criticized for evasiveness when she focused on promoting her upcoming album to the detriment of other questions.[12] By contrast, rapper Snoop Dogg's 2012 AMA[13] attracted 1.6 million page views[14] after he provided several candid responses to the community's questions.[15] A particularly well received AMA of 2014 was that of Peter Dinklage,[16] best known for his role as Tyrion Lannister in the HBO drama series Game of Thrones. Redditors attribute the thread's success to the thoroughness of his responses and the fact that he stayed online much longer than he was expected to so he could spend more time with his fans. The actor departed by commenting:

This feels like being interviewed by a hundred thousand news anchors at once! But much friendlier anchors...who seem to know their material...I really appreciate everyone's enthusiasm and questions. I tried to move another engagement to make more time but it's really hard during shoots. I am going to try to answer a few more short ones now. And remember: If you see me on the street and want a photo, ask! It's just weird when your kid asks for directions.[17]

On July 2, 2015, hundreds of subreddits, including several with over a million subscribers, were set to private by their respective moderators after Victoria Taylor was dismissed.[18][19][20][21] Sources close to Reddit cited an increased focus on commercializing AMAs as the most likely reason.[22][23]

Notable individuals[edit]

A number of notable individuals have participated in the IAmA subreddit or in an AMA, some of whom have appeared multiple times. Notable people who participated in the IAmA subreddit itself include:


Other notable people participated in AMAs in other subreddits. For instance, J. Cole participated in an AMA in the /r/hiphopheads subreddit;[72] Enya had an AMA on the /r/music subreddit;[73] and Donald Trump had an AMA on the /r/The_Donald subreddit during his 2016 presidential campaign.[74]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Madrigal, Alexis C. (January 7, 2014). "'Ask Me Anything': How a Weird Internet Thing Became a New Form of Media". The Atlantic. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  2. ^ Horgan, Richard (July 3, 2013). "Meet Reddit's New Director of Communications". adweek.com. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  3. ^ Fenn, Mike (June 24, 2013). "Reddit's newest employee used to type celebrities' AMA responses". dailydot.com. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  4. ^ "Victoria Taylor Tells PAN how Reddit Stays Genuine and What That Means for Marketers". prspeak.com.
  5. ^ a b "President Obama makes online appearance on Reddit". The Telegraph. London. August 29, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "potus-telegraph" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  6. ^ Michelle Castillo (27 February 2017). "Bill Gates is 'concerned' about U.S. influence overseas and political divide online". CNBC. Gates participated in an "ask me anything" feature on Reddit that allows notable people to answer questions from users. This is the fifth time Gates has participated.
  7. ^ Scott Bixby (28 July 2016). "From the media to moon landings: Trump takes questions in Reddit AMA". The Guardian.
  8. ^ "top scoring links : IAmA". Reddit. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  9. ^ Alabaster, Jay (August 29, 2012). "Obama makes appearance on Reddit, briefly crashes site". IDG News Service. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  10. ^ "I'm Woody Harrelson, AMA". Reddit.
  11. ^ Huff, Steve (February 4, 2012). "Woody Harrelson and the No-Good, Very Bad Reddit AMA". The Observer. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  12. ^ "I'm Priyanka Chopra, AMA". Reddit.
  13. ^ "I'm Snoop Lion! Ask me anything!!". Reddit.
  14. ^ Hernandez, Brian Anthony (December 11, 2012). "Snoop's Reddit AMA Is 2nd Biggest, Behind Only Obama's". Mashable. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  15. ^ Simpson, Connor (December 5, 2012). "How High Was Snoop Dogg During His Reddit AMA?". Atlantic Wire. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  16. ^ a b "I am Peter Dinklage. You probably know me as Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones. AMA!". Reddit. Retrieved April 29, 2015. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "dinklage-ama" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  17. ^ "This feels like being interviewed by a hundred thousand news anchors at once!". Reddit.
  18. ^ "Why was /r/IAmA, along with a number of other large subreddits, made private? : OutOfTheLoop". reddit.
  19. ^ McCormick, Rich. "Huge chunks of Reddit are locked after AMA coordinator fired". Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  20. ^ Hern, Alex. "Reddit revolts: subforums shut down in protest over AMA co-ordinator sacking". the Guardian. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  21. ^ "Reddit in uproar after staff sacking". BBC News. July 3, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  22. ^ Feinberg, Ashley (July 8, 2015). "Fired Reddit Administrator Victoria Taylor Finally Breaks Her Silence". Gawker. Archived from the original on July 8, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  23. ^ Holiday, Ryan (July 6, 2015). "I'll Miss Working With reddit's Victoria Taylor". The Observer. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  24. ^ "I am Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the Web. Join me to talk about making the future of technology more human, reddit. AMA!". Reddit. March 10, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  25. ^ a b c d "The 8 best Reddit AMAs". Telegraph.co.uk. July 27, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  26. ^ "I am Neil deGrasse Tyson -- AMA". Reddit. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  27. ^ a b c d e f g h Desta, Yohana. "15 Fascinating Reddit AMAs You Need to Read". Mashable. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  28. ^ "I'm Snoop Lion! Ask me anything!!". Reddit.
  29. ^ "Bill Gates AMA". Reddit. February 11, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  30. ^ "Chris Hadfield AMA". Reddit.
  31. ^ "Madonna AMA". Reddit.
  32. ^ "Barack Obama AMA". Reddit.
  33. ^ "I'm Nick Offerman. I play Ron Swanson on Parks and Rec. AMA". Reddit. August 31, 2012. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  34. ^ "I'm Amy Poehler. AMAA!". reddit. October 29, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  35. ^ "Keanu Reeves. Ask me, if you want, almost anything". Reddit. October 20, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  36. ^ "Jerry Seinfeld here. I will give you an answer". Reddit. January 6, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
    "Jerry Seinfeld loves answering questions! The dumber, the better. NOW". Reddit. July 24, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
    "Hi, I'm Jerry Seinfeld and welcome to my third AMA!". Reddit. June 8, 2016. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  37. ^ "I Am Dave Grohl AMA : IAmA". Reddit. February 8, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
  38. ^ "Congressman Ron Paul Answers Your Questions". Reddit Blog. Retrieved May 11, 2012.
  39. ^ "Stephen Colbert AMA". Reddit. Retrieved May 11, 2012.
  40. ^ "I am PSY! Composer, singer, entertainer, and creator of "Gentleman" and "Gangnam Style". Ask me anything". Reddit. May 15, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  41. ^ "IAmArnold... Ask me anything". Reddit. January 15, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
    "IamArnold. AMA 2.0". Reddit. January 21, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  42. ^ "I am Rachel Maddow. Ask me anything!". Reddit. March 8, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  43. ^ "Robin Williams. It's time for a convoluted stream of consciousness. Ask Me Anything!". Reddit. September 25, 2013. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  44. ^ "I'm Renée Fleming, soprano and host of the upcoming American Voices festival. AMA!". reddit. November 20, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  45. ^ "I am M. Shadows, Lead Singer of Avenged Sevenfold joined by David Vonderhaar, Treyarch's Game Designer for Call of Duty- Ask Me, Him, Us... Almost Anything". Reddit. November 14, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  46. ^ "Hi I'm Louis C.K. and this is a thing". Reddit. December 12, 2011. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  47. ^ "I'm Roger Federer, a professional tennis player from Switzerland. AMA!". Reddit. May 24, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  48. ^ "IAmA Larry King. I've done Radio and TV, and now I'm coming for you, internet. AMAA". Reddit. July 23, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
    "I am Larry King, back again on reddit. AMAA". Reddit. April 29, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  49. ^ "I am psychology Professor Philip Zimbardo here with Nikita Coulombe AUA!". reddit. May 8, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  50. ^ "Bill Nye The Science Guy here! Ready to take your questions about science, space and how things work". Reddit. June 4, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
    "Bill Nye, UNDENIABLY back. AMA". Reddit. November 5, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
    "I am Bill Nye and I'm here to dare I say it…. save the world. Ask Me Anything!". r Reddit. April 19, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  51. ^ "IAM The Real Stan Lee". Reddit. August 14, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  52. ^ "I am Dr. John Mather, Nobel Laureate and James Webb Space Telescope Project Scientist, AMA". Reddit. November 26, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  53. ^ "I am David Copperfield. Ask Me Anything!". Reddit. June 5, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  54. ^ "I am Michael Moore. Ask me anything!". Reddit. March 22, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  55. ^ "It's Spike Lee. Let's talk. AMAA". Reddit. August 9, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  56. ^ "IamA Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist". Reddit. May 1, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  57. ^ "Director Danny Boyle here. Hello Reddit! AMA". Reddit. March 15, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  58. ^ "I am Al Gore, founder and chairman of the Climate Reality Project – AMA". Reddit. November 15, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
    "Hi Reddit, this is Al Gore and I'm in Los Angeles talking about the cost of carbon. AMA!". Reddit. October 23, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  59. ^ "Roger Ebert: Ask Him Anything!". Reddit. November 4, 2009. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  60. ^ "I Am Michael Bolton, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter -- AMA". Reddit. March 6, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  61. ^ "Hi Reddit, we are a mountain climber, a fiction writer, and both former Governors. We are Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, candidates for President and Vice President. Ask Us Anything!". Reddit. September 7, 2016. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  62. ^ "IAmA: search results - Gary Johnson". Reddit. October 11, 2011. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  63. ^ "We Are Richard Dawkins & Lawrence Krauss - Subjects of the new film The Unbelievers. Ask Us Anything!". Reddit. July 8, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
    "I am Lawrence Krauss, AMA!". Reddit. May 14, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
    "I am Lawrence Krauss, Director of the Origins Project at ASU, and the author of the new book, A Universe from nothing. AMA!". Reddit. January 12, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  64. ^ "Title: Jill Stein Answers Your Questions!". Reddit. October 29, 2016. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
    "I am Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for President, AMA!". Reddit. May 11, 2016. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  65. ^ "I am Kevin Rudd, the Prime Minister of Australia. AMA!". Reddit. August 29, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  66. ^ "Julie Benz AMA". Reddit. June 18, 2014.
  67. ^ "Amanda Palmer AMA". Reddit. August 27, 2013. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  68. ^ "Tim Ferriss answers your questions". Reddit. Retrieved May 11, 2012.
  69. ^ "I am Gordon Ramsay. AMA". Reddit. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  70. ^ "Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe AMA". Reddit.
  71. ^ "I am Senator Bernie Sanders, Democratic candidate for President of the United States — AMA". Reddit. May 19, 2016.
  72. ^ "hi, i'm J. Cole AMA". Reddit. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  73. ^ "[AMA] I Am Singer-Songwriter, Musician, and Producer Enya - Ask Me Anything!". Reddit. March 15, 2016. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  74. ^ "I'm Donald J. Trump and I'm Your Next President of the United States". Reddit. July 27, 2016.

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