Reddit working on TikTok-like Watch video feed

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 8, 2023

Reddit revealed some of the features that it plans to launch later this year. Among the new features are two new feed modes, called Watch and Read, an option to search comments of a post, and an improved user interface.

All of these features will launch in the Reddit app; it is unclear if some will also find their way into the web-based version of Reddit.

Watch and Read are two new view modes, which Reddit hopes will help users of the site focus on the content that they are interested in. Reddit users may post text, image and video content on the site, and a single view mode for all the different content types may not be ideal for some of the service's users.

Watch is focused on video content. Basically, what it does is create a filtered feed for video content, so that only that content is displayed in the feed.

The feed view is difference as well, as it displays videos in fullscreen mode in the Reddit app. Some post information, including the title, number of likes and comments, are displayed as well in that mode.

The new view mode for video content looks and feels similar to how TikTok presents videos to its users.

Read, the second new mode, is "a way to optimize content for people in a text browsing mode".  It does not look all that different from Reddit's classic mode on first glance.

The Reddit app supports just two views currently: the card-based view and the classic view. The default cards view displays each post as a card, along with its title, images and other information. The classic view displays posts titles and some information.

Both look very similar to the upcoming Watch and Read views, only that the latter are optimized for specific types of content.

Third-party Reddit apps, like Boost and many others, support a wide variety of features that the default Reddit app doesn't support. Boost, for example, supports eight different view modes and a customize option. Among the modes is a gallery view, cards, slideshows, compact view and more.

Tip: did you know that you can access Reddit on mobile without using the app or signing-in?

Other features

Reddit is working on other improvements for its official application. One of the improvements adds the ability to search in post comments. Some Reddit threats are notoriously large, and comments may add valuable information to the topic. The ability to search in a post's comments helps users find specific content quickly in individual posts.

Reddit highlights plans to declutter the interface of its application. While it is unclear what the company means by that exactly, it is clear that the company wants to make the application more accessible with the design decision.

Additional improvements include a new option to watch video content on Reddit while, at the same time, "engaging in conversations", an updated web platform "to deliver fast and reliable experiences", chat enhancements, and more.

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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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