After revealing its Clubhouse clone last April, Reddit is adding new features for Reddit Talk that aim to increase engagement. Among these additions are web compatibility, recordings of past sessions, live comments during conversations, and a live bar at the top of the home feed (similar to Twitter) that shows which live chats are taking place.
“Over the past three months, we’ve seen over 250% growth in daily active listeners to Reddit Talk,” the company wrote in its blog post. blog. Reddit added that live audio chats took place on more than 1,000 subreddits (or communities), including an r/cryptocurrency conversation with investor Kevin O’Leary and an r/movies session with stuntmen from the “Jackass” franchise.
The idea of live audio rooms on Reddit might seem a little counterintuitive at first, as many Redditors flock to the platform for anonymity. But the ability to comment and send emojis during live rooms will make it easier for shy (or reserved) users to get in touch – previously, listeners could only speak by raising their (digital) hand. In addition, discovery features such as web compatibility, live bar and asynchronous listening will make it easier for users to engage with this new domain of Reddit content.
Conversations can still only be created on Reddit’s iOS and Android apps, but the ability to start a conversation on desktop is coming later this month, Reddit he wrote.
Currently, only Reddit moderators (volunteers who try their best to keep things civil and orderly on the subreddits) can initiate live chats. But any user can sign up to host a lecture a Google form. Given the content moderation difficulties that platforms like Twitter Spaces and Club faced, this could be a good way for Reddit to keep things under control for now.