After launching its Clubhouse clone last April, Reddit is now adding new features to Reddit Talk that are aimed to increase audience engagement. Among these new additions on Reddit Talk is web compatibility, recordings of past sessions, live commenting during talks, and a lively bar at the top of the home feed (similar to Twitter’s) that indicates what live chats are taking place.
Reddit is Now Adding New Features to Reddit Talks for Boosting Audience Engagement
“In the last three months, we’ve seen more than 250% growth in daily active listeners of Reddit Talk,” the company wrote on its blog. Reddit launched that live audio chats have taken place in over 1,000 subreddits (or communities), including a talk about cryptocurrency with investor Kevin O’Leary, and a session about movies with stuntmen from the “Jackass” franchise.
The concept of live audio rooms on Reddit might appear a bit counterintuitive at first since many Redditors flock to the platform for anonymity. But the power to comment and send emojis during live rooms will make it easier for shy (or secretive) users to chime in — previously, listeners could only speak by raising their (digital) hand and boosting audience engagement. Moreover, discovery features such as web compatibility, the live bar, and asynchronous listening will make it easier for users to engage with this new realm of Reddit content.
Reddit Moderators Can Apply to Host a Talk Through a Google Form
Reddit Talks still can only be created on Reddit’s iOS and Android apps, but the capacity to start a talk on desktop is coming later this month, Reddit wrote. Currently, only Reddit moderators can start live talks. They can apply to host a talk through a Google Form. Given the content moderation blunders that platforms like Twitter Spaces and Clubhouse have faced, this might be a good way for Reddit to keep things under control for now. “There aren’t any plans to extend the live audio feature to Reddit users outside of moderators,” a Reddit spokesperson told.
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