From the previous year, Reddit has been in the beta-testing community-based chat rooms with a preferred number of users. Eventually, the beta-testing reach across different groups on the platform, and recently, the largest internet’s forum hub made its endeavors more public with a blog post explained that what it anticipates to achieve with the latest feature.
Ityoclys, a product designer in Reddit has been taking feedback of chat room directly from the users over the past year wrote in a blog post that when the company started the chat room, the company already knew that the majority of people personally didn’t know about the other redditors, as the hub of the Reddit experience is pseudonymous discussion and sharing. So the company only wanted to ensure that there was a place for people in the betas to easily test chat, and give feedback, and also have a bit of fun. Perhaps, the company only wanted to know that people are using chat and also learn from them.
However, here Chats are opt-in for the subreddits, which means that every community doesn’t have one yet, but there are already rooms that are for everything from cats to Game of Thrones. Resembling the rest of Reddit, chat rooms are always modest, with greatly of the focus on the words which generally shared by the users. And on the left, it is a list of rooms that the user has joined, and you can also swap between them with one click. Though every user starts with an avatar representing the Snoo Reddit’s mascot and presently, it doesn’t even appear like those avatars which can be easily changed. And it will lend to chat a certain air of ambiguity, Reddit values a quality deeply.
Sometimes, the users joined some chat rooms and found that the most of them weren’t that much action and some hardly had any chatter at all. The trendiest rooms had people executing the shit, by sharing their dreams and lives, and also joking. Recently in the Fortnite chat, players have talked about effectual winning strategies which confessed their lack of skills and also spread the memes. Over on the hoe chat room, guests have already talked about their favorite damages and gear and also articulated their enthusiasm over the smoking. One user can even link some short face-cam videos where they appeared to be very high. And in the Casual Conversation room, the users shared only their ideas for books.
Moreover, it all undergo with very wholesome, like a long-lost AOL day where the people liked the logging into the random chat rooms only to connect with the strangers. But the flip side is that era chat rooms had their problem. On Reddit, that’s presently manifesting through the usual problems which come with the online ambiguity: generally, people being jerks, by using the n-word, or spamming the room with things like The Bee Movie’s script. However, none of this will sound shocking to anyone who has exhausted a single second on the internet, but of course, it remains to be seen that how strongly the communities will restrain their chat rooms, or what moderation tools will be available.
On the whole, Reddit’s chat rooms appear like a good way to test with openness and also vulnerabilities, because people basically won’t know who actually you are and probably don’t care about this. However, the nature of real-time, through chat seems to be particularly enchanting, the ityoclys continues in the Reddit’s summary of the chat experiment.
Though the chat will continue to roll out daily to the latest communities, and Reddit also promises to continue to take feedback on the entire latest feature to improve it.