Reddit, one of the biggest online forum is introducing a new chat tool, which allows Reddit users to start small group chats from within popular subreddits.
This new feature is called “Start Chatting,” which will randomly sort users of popular subreddits into small, private group chats. A maximum of seven users will be sorted in a single private group who want to chat and creates a group thread where they can exchange messages, share posts, or swap GIFs.
Reddit has been testing the feature with a bunch of subreddits, however, the company opted to make it live too soon as the site already has its existing chat features since the beginning of the year. Currently, this feature will be rolling out to around 16,000 SFW subreddits and will be expanding “in the coming weeks,” the company says.
This is not the first time that Reddit has been experimenting with its chat room-style features. Back in 2018, the company allowed some subreddit moderators to create chat rooms as a test version. However, this current version is completely different from that. Instead of big groups, the chats are centered around smaller groups of users.
Also, chat rooms are randomly generated based on which users opt to “start chatting,” so the feature isn’t dependent on moderators. And so, it will be more productive and useful for the company as well as for the users.
To use the feature, you’ll want to visit a popular subreddit that has the feature enabled. You’ll see a button labeled “Start Chatting” beneath the community’s description. Click that, and you’ll be randomly matched with a small group of up to seven other users who are also in the subreddit.
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