Reddit is looking to improve discovery of audio rooms in its app, through its Reddit Talks option, with a new Ongoing Sessions showcase at the top of the main screen, which will now feature rooms from the two subreddits you follow and those whom you can be interceded.
As you can see in this example, your Reddit home feed’s live bar will now display discussions you might be interested in based on the topics chosen by the creator of the Reddit Talks session. Reddit will then present these links to users in the relevant communities.
“For example, if u/Reddit_IRL wants to talk about indoor plantsthey can then select that topic, and writers who subscribe to plant-related communities will be able to see u/Reddit_IRL talk in the live bar.
This could be a good way to get Reddit Talks sessions in front of more users – though it could also be misused, with hosts adding random topics to maximize reach. Still, that’s just the top of the app, and given that it’s not too intrusive, it probably won’t have a big impact on general usage.
Reddit is also looking to make it easier for users to start a Reddit Talk session, with some users now able to host chats directly from their profiles.
“Hosting a Talk on your profile is simple! You will go to the post creator and click start conversation, from there you will be prompted to select a topic (or topics) that are relevant to your conversation topic.
This could lead to more audio sessions in the app, making it easier for Redditors to understand that the option is available to them. Twitter added similar this week to its own tweet composer feed.
And to make things even more exciting, Reddit is also adding a new soundboard feature in Reddit Talks chats.
“The soundboard will be available on desktop starting next month and will feature eight sounds: air horn, tada, drum roll, sad trombone, claps, boing, cha-ching and ba-dum-tss. Use the sounds to liven up the room, play games or add an extra accent to the conversation.”
So there is this.
Finally, Reddit is also launching a new Reddit Talk Host Program to encourage participation, which will include both in-app and IRL rewards, including Reddit Talk hoodies, branded mics, additional in-stream promotion and more.
Those interested in applying for the program can find out more here.
As with all audio social options, it’s hard to say if Reddit Talks will ever become a key part of the app, with most people now abandoning audio engagement options due to quality and discovery issues.
This, at least in theory, should be less of an issue on Reddit, as the threads you see are based on subreddits you’ve joined, or related interests, so they should be more specifically relevant to you, without than Reddit has to. build algorithms to highlight the best sessions for each user in real time.
That might make it a more valuable consideration, but so far only 500 of Reddit’s 100,000 active communities have had access to the option, so it’s a bit difficult to pass judgment at this point.
In general, social audio options have lost some of their luster and much of their audience, but it’s possible that Reddit could turn the tide and make Reddit Talk a more relevant part of the in-app experience.
Although I’m not sure adding a soundboard will. It just reminds me of those generic breakfast radio shows, which might see Reddit Talks sessions turn into a mess of audio clips – or knowing Reddit, it might end up triggering weird new audio trends, where users don’t communicate than using a single soundboard clip at random intervals. .
Maybe it’s becoming a thing, maybe it’s falling flat, but there may still be potential for Audio Rooms in subreddits.