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.

In response to Reddit, most iOS customers ought to have a button on their app on to the precise of the search bar — when tapped, it can present a stream of movies in a TikTok-like configuration. When offered with a video, (which reveals 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 illustration, 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 final yr. However earlier than, this way of watching Reddit movies was solely accessible by tapping on a video whereas scrolling by way of your feed — slightly than selling discovery of different communities, the primary a number of movies beneficial can be from the identical subreddit.

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Picture Credit: Reddit, screenshots by TechCrunch

“Reddit’s mission is to carry neighborhood and belonging to everybody on this planet, and subsequently, Reddit’s video staff’s mission is to carry neighborhood by way of video,” a Reddit spokesperson informed 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 previous) anticipate on the subject of an in-app video participant — particularly commenting, viewing, partaking and discovering new content material and communities by way of video,” they famous.

Reddit doesn’t but have a timeline for when the characteristic 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 virtually all iOS customers. However by inserting a broader, but nonetheless customized video feed on the house display screen, Reddit is signaling a rising curiosity in brief type video. In December 2020, Reddit acquired Dubsmash, a Brooklyn-via-Berlin-based TikTok competitor. The phrases of the offers had been undisclosed, however Fb and Snap additionally reportedly confirmed curiosity within the platform, which hit 1 billion month-to-month views in January 2020.

Reddit declined to touch upon whether or not or not its new video participant is utilizing an algorithm to advertise discovery of latest subreddits based mostly on person exercise. Nonetheless, a Reddit spokesperson confirmed that the corporate will use Dubsmash’s know-how to develop different options down the highway, although not for this explicit 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 most well-liked livestreams are promoted throughout the platform. Reddit at present attracts 50 million each day lively guests and hosts 100,000 lively subreddits.

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