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437,000 people made THIS 2021’s most popular Reddit post

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A screenshot of the most popular Reddit post of the year when someone bought a billboard in Time Square to promote GameStop stock and the icon for the Reddit app.
Investing and cryptocurrency dominated Reddit this year. (Source: Getty/Reddit)

Cryptocurrency has gained massive popularity this year and online forum sites like Reddit have put a spotlight on what investors are looking at.

Reddit has released the Reddit Recap 2021 report, which found that three of the top five most upvoted posts were related to investing this year - demonstrating how young people had flocked to the markets during lockdowns.

“When it comes to the power of communities, it’s no secret that r/wallstreetbets and Reddit's crypto communities broke the internet in 2021,” the Reddit report said.

“Taking on the US Stock Exchange, Reddit users 'broke finance' and made international headlines, demonstrating the strength of online communities and the powerful things that can happen when people unite around what they’re passionate about.”

For Australian redditors, finance was a hot topic. r/ausstocks increased 94 per cent in views compared to last year, and r/fiaustralia increased 83 per cent.

COVID-19-related restrictions drove Aussies to r/coronavirusdownunder, which had a 175 per cent increase in views from last year.

Here is a breakdown of the most popular subreddits and posts from this year.

  • Note posts with an asterix (*) contain adult language.

Most upvoted posts

The top three of five most upvoted posts on the whole website were from the Wall Street Bets subreddit, where users talk about the stock market and investing.

The three posts are around the GameStop controversy which happened at the start of the year after a Reddit user explained why he believed the company was undervalued.

In late January, 2021, r/wallstreetbets took the stock market by storm. Overnight, GameStop’s stock soared, bringing retail investors to the forefront of the market conversation. The community grew by 606 per cent and spurred the ‘meme stocks’ movement.

The events rocked the markets, as at-home investors flooded into the company, buying up shares and costing other investors (who had shorted the stock) billions of dollars.

Here are the five most popular posts from 2021:

  1. r/wallstreetbets: Times Square right now (431,000 upvotes)

  2. *r/wallstreetbets: UPVOTE so everyone sees we got SUPPORT (322,000 upvotes)

  3. r/wallstreetbets: GME YOLO update — Jan 28 2021 (286,000 upvotes)

  4. r/antiwork: Quit my job last night, it was nice to be home to make the kids breakfast and take them to school today! Off to hunt for a new opportunity, wish me luck :) (270,000 upvotes)

  5. *r/nextfuckinglevel: Dodging a cash-in-transit robbery. The man has balls of steel (258,000 upvotes)

Most popular themes:

Cryptocurrency took out the top spot as being the most popular theme on Reddit this year, showcasing again the massive rise in popularity.

These are the 7 most popular Reddit themes of 2021:

  1. Cryptocurrency

  2. Gaming

  3. Sports

  4. Weddings

  5. Health and Fitness

  6. Food and Drink

  7. Movies and Television

Cryptocurrency on Reddit

The top-five most-viewed crypto communities in 2021 were:

Most upvoted posts among crypto communities:

  1. r/dogecoin: Who’s still holding $DOGE?

    (80,300 upvotes)

  2. r/superstonk: All the confirmation bias I need, right here in one tweet (66, 500 upvotes)

  3. r/cryptocurrency: You hear about the kid who put in $500 into a memecoin and made 100k, but you don't hear about the hundreds who put $1000 and are left with $0.1 (53,900 upvotes)

  4. r/amcstock: AMC YOU IN JAIL, CHEATERS (26,700 upvotes)

  5. r/bitcoin: Tesla buys $1.5b in Bitcoin and is looking to accept the crypto as a form of payment in the near future… (45,500 upvotes)

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