17 years young

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+8033 – Today we celebrate our 17th cake day(!!). To take you on a quick trip down [memory lane](https://www.reddit.com/r/reddit/comments/sta5wl/why_is_subreddit_or_a_brief_history_of_the/), when Reddit was born there were no communities, just the front page, and only external links could be posted to it. Paragraphs seeking to understand if you are, in fact, the asshole and videos of cats who yell were merely a distant dream. That was until an intrepid user realized post IDs are sequential and that they could predict the URL of a post before submitting it. They created a post titled “This post links to itself” and boom, the first text post was born.

Since then, there have been over a *billion* posts shared on Reddit, evoking every emotion from “aww” to “wtf.” If you’ll allow us to be in our nostalgic \~feels\~ today, we’re revisiting some of our favorite posts (17, exactly) from over the years. Without further ado…

“[HELP reddit turned spanish and i can’t undo it!](https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/cq1q2/help_reddit_turned_spanish_and_i_cannot_undo_it/)” via r/AskReddit


“[Meet grumpy cat](https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/10bu17/meet_grumpy_cat/)” via r/pics


“[I told my dad about this subreddit…](https://www.reddit.com/r/dadjokes/comments/1jgm0k/i_told_my_dad_about_this_subreddit/)” via r/dadjokes


“[Art. Upvote this so it’s what shows up when you search for ‘Art.’](https://www.reddit.com/r/place/comments/6387bz/art_upvote_this_so_its_what_shows_up_when_you/)” via r/place


“[Reddit, Thanos has a message for you…](https://www.reddit.com/r/thanosdidnothingwrong/comments/8x2pyo/reddit_thanos_has_a_message_for_you/)” via r/thanosdidnothingwrong


“[Me COOKIE MONSTER. Me want you to come visit me on Sesame Street! Me will bring da COOKIES! AMA.](https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/anu4u9/comment/efw3edv/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3)” via r/IAmA


“[I commemorated my trip to a ranch in Canada with a dancing montage instead of a photo album](https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/cl4jtd/i_commemorated_my_trip_to_a_ranch_in_canada_with/)” via r/funny


“[We met on reddit 5 years ago today, so it seemed like a good day for an elopement. We do!](https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/hho75t/we_met_on_reddit_5_years_ago_today_so_it_seemed/)” via r/pics


“[I overcame my depression and went for a hike 🙂 It’s the small things.](https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/kbxb0n/i_overcame_my_depression_and_went_for_a_hike_its/)” via r/pics


“[22-year-old Iranian here. Just wanted to share my love with my friends all over the world (Americans, Iraqis, Australians, etc.) as it is what the world needs the most in these hard times. #LoveBeyondFlags](https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/elxa0j/22yearold_iranian_here_just_wanted_to_share_my/)” via r/pics


“[Don’t let your memes be dreams or something](https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/i0m53q/dont_let_your_memes_be_dreams_or_something/)” via r/pics


“[Jerry’s Hallway Can’t Exist](https://www.reddit.com/r/seinfeld/comments/mjgvfl/jerrys_hallway_cant_exist/)” via r/seinfeld


“[The first selfie my grandpa took with his new phone.](https://www.reddit.com/r/aww/comments/ld6zl2/the_first_selfie_my_grandpa_took_with_his_new/)” via r/aww


“[Just retired after 42 years as an obstetrical nurse, at the same hospital. Here I am at the start (1979) and end of my career!](https://www.reddit.com/r/OldSchoolCool/comments/oy5mvj/just_retired_after_42_years_as_an_obstetrical/)” via r/oldschoolcool


“[HOA won’t let us fly our modest Pride flag, so we just follow the rules.](https://www.reddit.com/r/MaliciousCompliance/comments/nq4eui/hoa_wont_let_us_fly_our_modest_pride_flag_so_we)” via r/MaliciousCompliance


“[We’re the Wikipedia “high five” couple, now we’re married and teaching it to our kids. Up high!](https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/sz2j47/oc_were_the_wikipedia_high_five_couple_now_were/)” via r/pics


“[Adding gold foil to this thread I came across](https://www.reddit.com/r/oddlysatisfying/comments/sdgrma/adding_gold_foil_to_this_thread_i_came_across/)” via r/oddlysatisfying


Thanks for the memories, everyone. Here’s to many more years!


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2022-06-23 17:03:35

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  1. Happy 17 years of Reddit! Here’s to another good year! 1 more year and Reddit will be “an adult”!!! (Fun fact: this is post number 1,906,443,368 on Reddit – that’s almost 2 billion!)

  2. Over the years this site has given me hours of entertainment, but it’s also let me discover a lot of new things I didn’t know about before. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve been enraged and been beaming with happiness. Happy cake day Reddit. And here’s to many more!

  3. This was a trip down the memory lane. Thank you for everything.

    But fix your video player already.

  4. I’ve browsed reddit long before cared to make this account. It all feels like yesterday.

    Happy cake day.

  5. Happy Birthday, Reddit! I am pleased as punch to learn we share the same Birthday! Enjoy your cake!

  6. Wow! Happy birthday!

    There are some the best posts ever on here. If you had to pick a favorite, which would it be?

    Of these, I like the oldschoolcool one the best.

  7. For your birthday wish can you wish for the Steam servers to work? The summer sale just started and nothing loads like always 🙁

  8. Happy birthday reddit have a good one

    Also the broken arms AMA is a great reddit memory so many funny comments

  9. It’s so wild how the site has grown and developed this sort of shared culture. Even if subs have their own way of working, everyone here has some semblance of understanding the site as a community and it’s really cool. Here’s to many more years!

  10. # Dear reddit,

    # happy cake day to you! 🎂

    # thanks for showing us the memories!!!

    # sooo reddit is 17 now?

    # happy 17th cake day reddit!!!

    # 🥳🥳🥳