Reddit is quietly rolling out a TikTok-like video feed button on iOS – TechCrunch

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From Instagram’s Reels to Snapchat’s Highlight, most social media platforms are wanting towards the TikTok increase for inspiration. Now, even Reddit, a discussion-based discussion board, is making short-form video extra pronounced on its iOS app.

Based on Reddit, most iOS customers ought to have a button on their app on to the correct of the search bar — when tapped, it should present a stream of movies in a TikTok-like configuration. When introduced with a video, (which exhibits the poster who uploaded it and the subreddit it’s from), customers can upvote or downvote, remark, reward an award or share it. Like TikTok, customers can swipe as much as see one other video, feeding content material from subreddits the person is subscribed to, in addition to associated ones. As an example, in the event you’re subscribed to r/printmaking, you would possibly see content material from r/pottery or r/bookbinding.

The person interface of the movies isn’t new — Reddit has been experimenting with this format over the last year. However earlier than, this way of watching Reddit movies was solely accessible by tapping on a video whereas scrolling by means of your feed — relatively than selling discovery of different communities, the primary a number of movies advisable could be from the identical subreddit.

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Picture Credit: Reddit, screenshots by TechCrunch

“Reddit’s mission is to convey group and belonging to everybody on the earth, and subsequently, Reddit’s video group’s mission is to convey group by means of video,” a Reddit spokesperson instructed TechCrunch, in regards to the new addition. “Over the course of the final yr, our objective was to construct a unified video participant, and re-envision the participant interface to match what customers (new and outdated) count on relating to an in-app video participant — particularly commenting, viewing, partaking and discovering new content material and communities by means of video,” they famous.

Reddit doesn’t but have a timeline for when the feature will roll out to everybody, however confirmed that this icon first appeared for some customers in late July and has continued to roll out to nearly all iOS customers. However by inserting a broader, but nonetheless personalised video feed on the house screen, Reddit is signaling a rising curiosity briefly kind video. In December 2020, Reddit acquired Dubsmash, a Brooklyn-via-Berlin-based TikTok competitor. The phrases of the offers have been undisclosed, however Fb and Snap additionally reportedly showed interest within the platform, which hit 1 billion monthly views in January 2020.

Reddit declined to remark on whether or not or not its new video participant is utilizing an algorithm to advertise discovery of new subreddits primarily based on person exercise. Nonetheless, a Reddit spokesperson confirmed that the corporate will use Dubsmash’s know-how to develop different features down the street, although not for this specific product, they stated.

Reddit first launched its native video platform in 2017, which permits customers to add MP4 and MOV recordsdata to the location. Then, in August 2019, it launched RPAN (Reddit Public Entry Community), which lets folks livestream to chose subreddits — the preferred livestreams are promoted throughout the platform. Reddit currently attracts 50 million every day lively guests and hosts 100,000 lively subreddits.

Source : TechCrunch

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