Google Doc | Author: Mati Roy | Created: 2019-03-21 | Updated: 2019-04-06 | Published: 2019-03-21 | Confidence: personal preference / undecided / uncertain | Importance: 3

Discussion platform comparison

Reddit vs Facebook


I'm undecided between Facebook and Reddit. Reddit seems better ranked by search engines and easier to get an overview of a group. But both have some important missing features.

Major pros from Facebook

Member filters. To know members from your city or members that are your friend.

Major pros from both

Wiki. To share some common knowledge.

Open. No account is required if you just want to read.

Archivable. Can be archived on the wayback machine.

Indexed. Search engines can give you the results.

Note: But I prefer the wiki from Reddit. And Reddit seems to rank higher on search engines and more friendly to the Internet Archive.

Major cons from both

Data extraction. You can't (easily) download all your data (AFAICT).

Attention control. Not enough control on types of notifications.

Major con from Reddit

Closing posts. People can't comment or vote on posts after 6 months.


Search. Facebook has many search options to find a specific post. But it's easier to get an overview of Reddit posts as you can see the list of their titles, and order them in various ways.


Real-name. Reddit doesn't have a "real-name" policy.

Infinite scroll. Reddit doesn't have an infinite scroll.

Minor pros

Reaction. The various reactions on Facebook is interesting. The downvoting on Reddit improve the quality of its posts.

Attention control. Reddit has less advertising (I think). Reddit has the possibility for admins to not have to approve members for a subreddit.