Reddit is introducing a series of updates to make it easier for users to share content from its platform, acknowledging that it previously “didn’t make it easy” to do so. As part of the iOS and Android update, Reddit is improving link embedding for messaging apps and adding more sharing features.
“When someone used to come across a post, conversation, or meme on Reddit, that was it incredible and impossible not to share, we haven’t made it easy to send it to others,” the company wrote in a blog post. “To be honest, the features were outdated and it took several steps to share something from Reddit. But that’s changing – in line with our work to make Reddit easier to use, Redditors can now quickly and easily share Reddit content they love on other social platforms without compromising their Reddit identity.”
Now when you share a Reddit link through a messaging app, the link preview includes a visual preview of the content, subreddit name, total number of upvotes, and number of comments. In the past, the recipient had to click the link to see what was going on. Now you get a preview in the chat window in apps like iMessage and WhatsApp.
The update also brings the ability to share content directly from Reddit to Instagram Stories without having to take a screenshot or download content first.
While Reddit users are used to taking screenshots of posts when they want to share something on another platform, Reddit will now invite them to share the link through the share sheet that appears with users’ most used social channels instead of a screenshot to create and post Dat.
Reddit is introducing a new toolbox that makes it easier for publishers to embed Reddit posts into articles or CMS platforms like WordPress. The company says the new toolbox includes features that outline the predictable height of a post or comment, give a more prominent view of the community the content comes from, and display the total number of upvotes and comments. That update brings Reddit in line with other social media sites like Twitter and Instagram, which have had this functionality for quite some time.
The update comes a few days after Reddit announced it was testing Discord-like chat channels with select subreddits. With this move, the social network aims to give community members more options to communicate with each other, beyond the usual asynchronous commenting system.