Greetings, r/place aficionados! I’m u/BrineOfTheTimes: a new author here, lover of pickled veggies, and recent addition to Reddit’s Community team, where I focus on writing cool stuff for this and other Reddit communities.
As many of you know, Place is a collaborative digital canvas on which a single Redditor can only place a single tile every five minutes. In this year’s 87-hour run of the project, Redditors from 236 countries and territories contributed 160+ million tiles—adding all kinds of art, memes, and memorable moments. Needless to say, we were blown away.
And thanks to our friends at r/RedditEng, there are details aplenty about how the team approached this (amazing) project. With their collection of 11 posts, you can dig into everything from backend design to canvas viewer.
Welcome, redditors, to the first chapter of The Feed Read. A new recurring look at the changes, improvements, and updates coming to your feed experience on Reddit. Today we embark on the first chapter: new and improved feed controls.
First, a prologue—if you will—to set the stage for our story. Reddit didn’t always have a continuous scrolling feed, in fact, many of you know that we used to have pages (hence “the front page of the internet”). But over time, Reddit’s feed has evolved, and allowed redditors to endlessly scroll through Home (communities you subscribe to) and Popular (the top content from across Reddit). Then, we introduced the News feed (on iOS only), as a way to quickly navigate to the latest news headlines and corresponding conversations from various news-centric communities.
As people got more comfortable with feeds, they started switching between them frequently—and finding new ways to customize their experience along the way. From custom feeds, to plugins, even creating new accounts specifically for browsing specific types of communities. We wanted to learn from these behaviors and create ways to make it even easier to have the type of experience you want on Reddit and make the most out of your feeds.
So today, we are rolling out what will be the first of a steady flow of updates to how you navigate Reddit. This first change is rather simple—updating where you find existing feeds on our native mobile apps. On the Reddit app, the Home, Popular, and News (iOS only) feeds will move from the top of your app screen into a drop-down menu. To switch feeds you can either swipe between them (which is the primary way most redditors switch between feeds today) or simply tap on the drop-down menu and select your desired feed.https://i.redd.it/dpaceg2hhgm91.gif
So why are we sharing what is seemingly a simple design change with you? Well, because as part of our efforts to make Reddit simple, we'll be making more changes to how you discover content and communities on Reddit, and this is just the beginning.
As we look into the future (the way-forward machine?), we will be focusing on a few pillars of your feed journey. Warning: mildly technical jargon ahead:
Feed Architecture - Improving the way that you interact with and switch between various feeds on Reddit.
Feed Expansion - Providing more specific feeds to engage with (think Gaming, Sports, Politics, Beauty, etc.).
Feed Performance - Gotta go fast. And also seamlessly. And also with high-quality that’s smooth like buttah.
Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months about the ways we’re improving and refining your feed experience. You can read more about the control change here.
It’s that time of year again! Fall is in the air, parents are taking their annual first day of school pics, students are grabbing school supplies, teachers are planning their curriculum, and we’re here to make all of it a little bit easier.
Us hyping you up on your way back to school.
Going back to school can be equal parts stressful and fun. Don’t forget to lean on your peers (both online and IRL) during such a busy time. They’ll help you figure out what to bring to your freshman year dorm when the options seem too limitless. Communities will be your sounding board for when you worry you made a mistake while taking your kids back to school shopping.
If you’re attending a new school, don’t forget to be yourself. If you are someone who is always at a loss for words when it comes to sharing a “fun fact” about yourself (harrowing!), you have our explicit permission to borrow one you’ve seen on Reddit. And in those forced-fun moments, don’t forget the best memes are born from the most uncomfortable experiences.
When you feel lost in a transition, just remember, no matter whether you’re just starting school or on your way out, there are places on Reddit where you can get a few words of encouragement. LPT: if you’re off to college, don’t forget to join your school’s dedicated subreddit! Graduating seniors, r/careerguidance, r/college, and r/findapath are all there to help you find your way.
Have an amazing school year and know that there are many Reddit communities here for you when you need them. And for the students, teachers, and parents reading this, we prepared a few custom feeds to kick off your school year on the right foot!
But first, did you know that Reddit hosts a bi-annual hackathon called Snoosweek? If you notice that your friendly neighborhood admins seem a little quiet next week, that’s why! We’ll be heads down trying to build (and maybe even ship!) ways to
win internal awards improve Reddit!
Comments are Now in Search!
Last week, we announced another big improvement to Reddit search—comments! Comments are the secret sauce of Reddit, and now you can search the comments on desktop as well as native mobile apps. On both the Android and iOS app you can search comments by swiping to the right to the “Comments tab” after making a search. This applies to searches across all of Reddit and within specific subreddits. Learn more about the latest in search in our wiki.
Opt-Out Setting for Recommended Live Talks
There’s been some feedback around the ability to opt-out of seeing recommended talks from communities you don’t belong to in the live bar, so we’ve rolled out the ability to disable these recommendations. To do so, you can go to Feed Settings on the web or mobile to turn off “Enable live recommendations.” You can read more about this change and other updates to Talk here.https://preview.redd.it/faxij0uc4ii91.jpg?width=360&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=35ce85187f4f70f90261037647bae7ec0a07371b
Greetings citizens! u/LastBlueJay here from Reddit’s public policy team. Now that we have this sweet new subreddit for all of our r/HailCorporate messaging needs, we thought we’d use it to share what we’ve been up to lately on the public policy front, especially as it relates to open internet issues that you’ve told us are important to you.
First of all, what’s a public policy team? We’re the main point of contact between Reddit and governments around the world. We help them understand how Reddit works (an upvote is not a like), what the heck karma is, and how not to end up on r/AMAdisasters. We also share with them Reddit’s (and redditors’) points of view on pieces of legislation, especially when that legislation is likely to interfere with users’ ability to protect their anonymity, express their authentic selves freely, or, yes, hurt our business (we gotta pay the bills, after all). We’re also basically the only people in the office who ever wear suits.
As you might have heard, Reddit is internationalizing. Since 2019, we’ve opened offices in Canada, the UK, Australia, and Germany. This means that we’ve started paying closer attention to legislative developments in those countries (and others) that would impact us or you as our community. We’ve been troubled to see legislative proposals and other developments that would threaten redditors’ choice to remain anonymous, force us to proactively hand over user data to police without a warrant, or make mods legally liable for the content that others post in their subreddits. We’ve been pushing back on all these measures, and where that pushback has been public, we wanted to share it with you, especially because we’ve made it a point to include the direct contributions of real redditors in all of our public submissions.
The debate around the UK draft Online Safety Bill has included suggestions from some Members of Parliament that online anonymity should be forbidden completely or face strict limits. With the help of the mods of r/MentalHealthUK, we weighed in with written evidence detailing why anonymity is not at odds with user safety, but is a critical element of it, and must be preserved. You can read our full submission here.
Similarly, a bill in Australia would have de facto forced us to collect users’ personal information such as name, phone number, and email, so that such information could be handed over to anyone who wishes to sue them. With the help of some of our Australian mods, we shared with the Australian government why this would threaten Australians’ ability to freely express themselves online. You can read that submission here (and we are glad to report that this bill has not moved forward).
Even with all this new international engagement, we’re still fighting on key issues in the US.
The US Copyright Office has been considering mandating pernicious measures like “standard technical measures” (otherwise known as automated content filters). We know that these filters 1) never actually function properly and 2) severely limit people’s rights to fair use and free expression. So we filed not one but two sets of comments to share what’s at risk. Our first submission was in January, and our most recent one was in May. And the good news is, the Copyright Office agreed with us! And they even cited our comments in their report on the matter (see footnote 57 on page 15…yeah, we read the footnotes).
We also understand that the Dobbs decision has created a lot of activity and uncertainty regarding state laws, especially around potentially increasing law enforcement requests for user data or attempted restrictions on the free exchange of information. While the situation is still live and evolving, we will be on the lookout for opportunities to weigh in in favor of our users’ rights to privacy and expression.
How can you get involved?
Our points are always more powerful when we can share the stories of real redditors in our advocacy, so don’t be surprised if you see us soliciting your stories or opinions through a post here, or reaching out to specialized communities that we think may have a particular stake in the legislation being considered. Unfortunately, there are a lot of issues on the horizon that we’ll need to continue the fight on, from preserving encryption to fighting ISP attacks on net neutrality in Europe. So please consider sharing your thoughts and stories with us when we ask for them, and we’ll work to let you know about opportunities to raise your and your communities’ voices in favor of the free and open internet.
Comment search is live on iOS and Android and soon search will be even more stable and safe.
Now you can easily search comments on both the Android and iOS app by swiping to the right to the “Comments tab” after making a search. This applies to searches across all of Reddit and within specific subreddits. Wondering if you can also filter by author, flair, and more? You can! Learn how in our wiki.
Have any feedback for us about comment search? If so, take this quick, anonymous survey to let us know about your experiences. Love something? Want us to change something? Let us know! You can also leave us comments below.
But comment search isn’t all we’re working on!