Social news aggregator Reddit, which recently had a billion pages views in a single month and has roughly 75 million visits every month, is down to just one single developer (Neil Williams, hired in November) after the other two just left (Mike Schiraldi going to Google and David King going to Hipmunk where he joins Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian). The site has an overall staff of six, including two system admins.
Condé Nast Digital had acquired Reddit in 2005 and ever since Reddit has been in news for some reason or another. After the recent Digg blunders, Reddit is the unlikely winner of a the voting-on-news race, a competition that has been somewhat forgotten in the wake of Twitter. Reddit’s growth also has to do with the fact Digg.com is dying after its re-vamp. Loyal Digg.com users like myself hardly go to Digg.com anymore.
But don’t be alarmed with this current news — Reddit is definitely not shutting down, despite it currently is operating on a skeleton staff of six people, in addition to a part time designer and a part time customer service person.
In a blog post, Neil William, Reddit’s remaining developer explains that with all the growth Reddit has experienced, Condé Nast is going to give them more resources and certainly recruit more developers. The plan is to hire more people soon, but, in the meantime it will have to make do with what it has.
“In fact, we just had a meeting with the President of Conde Nast, who told us that they are extremely pleased with reddit and the community, and want to give us more resources and more funding,” Reddit sysadmin jedberg told.
“They just approved us to hire even more people than we had originally planned. To further reinforce the point above, our financials are looking quite good for the year,” he added.
But at any rate, we find it absolutely incredible that — the billion pageviews social news aggregator giant Reddit is currently being supported by just one programmer. Hats off!