Skip to main content

Geek out for premieres or get lost in related threads with Reddit’s new tools

Finding the best Reddit posts after the event is already passed? The forum-based social network is working to change that with the launch of events and collections. Rolling out on Tuesday, April 23, events are time-sensitive posts while collections serve as a way to put related posts together to easily find other posts within the same topic.

Events on Reddit are tied to a specific date — they don’t disappear after that date expires, but the format allows users to join in a scheduled discussion to get a reminder when the event starts. Reddit says that events also helps users to locate posts from a specific moment in the past.

Related Videos

Reddit threads centered on specific events were already popular on the network, such communities discussing a TV show premiere or current events. The update makes events easier to design without code. Moderators have new options to choose a time and date, while tying a time to the post makes happening-now-posts less likely to be buried in the feed.

Also new, collections allow moderators to group posts together, making related events easier to find. That creates a “cluster” of posts that users can revisit, Reddit says. The update gives moderators tools to collect content in one place.

Reddit said it is also testing an option to schedule posts, a tool for recurring posts as well as sending a post during an event. The scheduling tool is only in testing and isn’t yet widely available.

“Events — like the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere, Rocket League season 7 — are huge on Reddit, but it’s often hard to find an event post until after it happened and it can quickly get swept away by the feed,” Reddit said in the announcement. “Our hope is that you’ll host more events with less effort and curate the moments that are important to your community for all time.”

The events and collections options started as a test last fall, where Reddit tested the tool inside certain groups. Since testing the new features, Reddit has expanded options, including the option to add a date to an existing post and the option to follow an event or collection. The features also allow for updates from a team of moderators and different layout options.

Editors' Recommendations

Twitter Communities: A guide to the Reddit-like world within Twitter
Twitter logo in white stacked on top of a blue stylized background with the Twitter logo repeating in shades of blue.

Twitter's latest offering, Twitter Communities, seems to be the microblogging platform's response to a question for its more casual users: How can you cultivate real community around your interests without making your interests the only focus of your tweets? It can be hard to create a real sense of community around your interests on Twitter while retaining a social media identity that is still separate from them.

And it appears Twitter Communities is the bird app's solution to that issue, which makes it easily the most exciting new service in Twitter's future.
What is Twitter Communities for?

Read more
Windows 11 could get a mysterious new ‘Designer’ app
Two windows laptops sit on a wooden table.

Microsoft is working on a mysterious new web app for Windows dubbed "Designer," which might end up helping you create fancy graphics and other content for presentations or social media. This is coming from the noted leaker WalkingCat, who recently spotted a website for the potential new Microsoft service.

Details on the web app are scarce at the moment, but a series of images from the leaker shows how it might end up working. It looks as though "Designer" could be a lot like PowerPoint Designer, mixed with Microsoft Publisher, as well as Microsoft Sway.

Read more
Twitter is working on a new feature straight out of AIM
Twitter app store listing on a mobile device.

Twitter isn't just working on an edit button. It's also apparently working on a new feature that has a decidedly retro vibe. And we're not sure if we like it or not.

On Thursday night, Jane Manchun Wong tweeted a screenshot of an in-progress status feature. In her tweet, Wong described the feature as being part of Tweet Composer, revealed that it was code-named "Vibe," and said that it could be considered "something similar to the Instagram Threads app’s Status."

Read more