Things have been quite difficult for Reddit on many levels this year. There were several user revolts, closed forums, new policies, employees that had to go and more, and all of this seems to come down to turning the millions that visit Reddit every day into profit.
Reddit has implemented several monetization schemes on the site including Reddit Gold and subreddit advertising.
Enter Upvoted, a new site launched by Reddit today that features curated stories from Reddit. One idea behind the product is to take popular posts on Reddit and turns them into stories by investigating the story and adding value to it.
What sets Upvoted apart from Reddit is that there is no voting, no commenting and little community involvement apart from letting users share articles and follow links back to the Reddit community page the post was made on and to the page of the original poster on Reddit.
The frontpage of Upvoted lists stories that seem to come from all corners of Reddit but the main focus seems to be popular Reddit topics such as gaming, funny or news.
The site itself is colorful and you will find drawn pictures for nearly all articles made for it which, to be honest, makes it look like any of those other entertainment sites out there that try to lure you in with fancy graphics and little text.
If you can look beyond that you will certainly find interesting content on Upvoted but this it is all over the place, may have hard time finding stories of interest depending on your interests. You may use the menu at the top to filter by topic to limit your exposure to other stories on Upvoted.
There is also sponsored content on the site which is clearly labeled as such.
I can see Upvoted.com doing really well. The site will attract Reddit users who are interested in these topics as they may find out more about them but even more than that, it may attract users who don't know Reddit or don't use it for one reason or the other.
Now You: Have you been to Upvoted.com yet? What's your first impression of the site?
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