Virality trends in niche subreddits

For the past week, I’ve been mapping out virality trends on various subreddits to better understand how posts go viral on reddit. As a neat side effect, I discovered that several niche subreddits have their own interesting virality patterns. Below are a few that I thought were worth sharing.

/r/asoiaf and /r/gameofthrones

Every Sunday, a new episode of Game of Thrones airs on HBO. Without missing a beat, the two subreddits dedicated to Game of Thrones light up the day after the show as folks talk about the latest goings-on in the show. This happens pretty consistently for nearly every TV show on reddit.



Note that the /r/gameofthrones plot is missing about a week of data.

/r/HIMYM and /r/thewalkingdead

Just as TV show subreddits rise in popularity as a new TV show comes out, so too do they die out when the series is on hiatus. Since How I Met Your Mother and The Walking Dead ended their seasons in March, /r/HIMYM and /r/thewalkingdead have slowly faded into obscurity… until next season (for /r/thewalkingdead, anyway).



Talking about video games isn’t so popular on the weekends

In the niche video gaming news subreddits /r/Games & /r/gamernews, it looks like gamers sign off of reddit and go back to playing video games on the weekends.



Dr. Randy Olson is the Chief Data Scientist at FOXO Bioscience, where he is bringing advanced data science and machine learning technology to the life insurance industry.

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