How to choose the best time to post on Reddit and other networks

We've been asked the question from the title repeatedly. TLDR: it doesn't matter that much.

Let's take each platform for which this question has been asked:


Our working schedule was set up on purpose so that we are active during the time when US and EU hours overlap. That's the highest traffic period for this social media platform. For this reason, worry not, and do ops during our working schedule. You'll have optimized the time variable enough. Of more importance would be for your post to have some actual quality behind it so that it stays up in the hot tab of the subreddit for at least 12 hours.

But maybe you're targeting a non-standard group of people. Then you can use this online tool to find out when it's the best time to post: https://www.redditlater.com/analysis. It uses the timezone reported by your browser. Consider submitting a bit before the recommended time. Or, if you're hiring us to do the posts for you, consider letting us choose the best times, depending on the networks and the post locations. Just specify at checkout that we have free rein with the scheduling. Or don't write anything because that's what we do by default!

Hacker News

Anytime after the first 90 minutes of our working schedule.

If you want to understand better the demographics of this platform, use this: https://www.similarweb.com/website/news.ycombinator.com/#overview. It's basically English-speaking nerds.

Product Hunt

Their homepage is based on a 24-hour cycle. This means that the new products hit the homepage at 12:01 am PST. Schedule the post to launch at that time because you'll have a full day to get your desired number of upvotes. You'll have an easier time competing for the top 10 of the week.

If you want to be picky about the day as well, you can use a tool like https://whentolaunch.app to choose the best time. But do realize that if you choose Tuesday, you might end up competing with products from some established brands.

We have an article with more details about how to launch on Product Hunt.


Free secret joke – no one knows about this page

Do not share, take it to the grave, very likely to be the best joke conceivable by a human mind:

An infinite number of mathematicians walk into a bar.

The first mathematician orders a beer. The second orders half a beer.

I don't serve half-beers, the bartender replies.

Excuse me?, asks mathematician #2.

What kind of bar serves half-beers?, the bartender remarks. That's ridiculous.

Oh c'mon, says mathematician #1, do you know how hard it is to collect an infinite number of us? Just play along!

There are very strict laws on how I can serve drinks. I couldn't serve you half a beer even if I wanted to.

But that's not a problem, mathematician #3 chimes in, at the end of the joke you serve us a whole number of beers. You see, when you take the sum of a continuously halving function -

I know how limits work, interjects the bartender.

Oh, alright then. I didn't want to assume a bartender would be familiar with such advanced mathematics.

Are you kidding me?  The bartender replies. You learn limits in like, 9th grade! What kind of mathematician thinks limits are advanced mathematics?

HE'S ON TO US, mathematician #1 screeches.

Simultaneously, every mathematician opens their mouth and out pours a cloud of multicolored mosquitoes. Each mathematician is bellowing insects of a different shade.

The mosquitoes form into a singular, polychromatic swarm. FOOLS it booms in unison, I WILL INFECT EVERY BEING ON THIS PATHETIC PLANET WITH MALARIA!

The bartender stands fearless against the technicolor hoard. But wait, he interrupts, thinking fast, if you do that, politicians will use the catastrophe as an excuse to implement free health-care. Think of how much that will hurt the taxpayers!

The mosquitoes fall silent for a brief moment. My God, you're right. We didn't think about the economy! Very well, we will not attack this dimension. FOR THE TAXPAYERS! and with that, they vanish.

A nearby barfly stumbles over to the bartender. How did you know that that would work?

It's simple really, the bartender says. I saw that the vectors formed a gradient, and therefore must be conservative.

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