Reddit has launched the new Discover tab in response to user comments that they wanted to find more communities and fresh content. It is the first time a new tab has been introduced in nearly two years. During initial trials, Reddit discovered that one out of every five people used the Discover Tab to join at least one new community.
"We're ushering in a new era of discovery on Reddit, with photos and video top of mind," said Jason Costa, Director of Product for Content and Communities at Reddit. "With the Discover Tab, we've made it easier to find relevant information and communities. It's a fantastic new tool for people to learn about and participate in hundreds of thousands of communities all over the world."
The Discover Tab on Reddit is personalized for each user, surfacing what the platform thinks they'll love the most. They see what they see is based on the communities they've already joined and the amount of time they've spent there. For instance, if a Redditor subscribes to and spends much time in football and baseball subs, Discover Tab would suggest other sports-related content to them.
Users may access the Discover Tab by tapping the new compass icon on the bottom bar, located to the right of the home button. Users can filter the feed to a specific topic at the top of the Discover Tab to find new information and communities. The feed, which appears beneath the topic filters, is displayed. Feedback mechanisms have been introduced to the feed to guarantee that it improves over time, allowing users to select "show me more of this stuff, show me less of that content, and hide that content."
Users can keep track of new communities they've discovered and joined with the new Community and Profile Drawers, making it easy for them to prioritize the ones they care about the most. Users can also access their communities and custom feeds faster than before by touching the drop-down menu at the upper left of the home screen.
There are four parts in the Community Drawer:
"Moderating entry points," where moderators can view their mod feed, queue, and the subreddits they moderate
The communities that Redditors subscribe to can be sorted and altered in "Your communities."
"Following" displays the accounts that a user follows
The "r/all" entry point is a convenient way to get started
Reddit is also launching a Profile Drawer, allowing users to view and personalize their profile by sliding left or touching on the profile symbol in the top right corner of the home screen.