Reddit Title Words: Science says these are the best words to use and avoid to get on Reddit's front page.
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Reddit!
We spoke to a team of Stanford computer scientists about their fascinating research into what makes a Reddit title successful.
If you haven't seen the paper, it's absolutely worth a read for anyone who wants to know how a title can sink or float a piece of content, regardless of the medium.
One element of the title success was what words are used in the headline. Certain sentiments and parts of speech had positive effects in some subreddits and negative effects in others.
Shorter sentences are better and sentences that are questions are better.
Another aspect of the Stanford team's research was which individual words perform the best in individual subreddits.
They made these words -- the ones with the most positive effects and the words with the most negative effects -- into these word clouds which they were kind enough to send over to us.
Let's look at some word clouds!