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Reddit Launches Live Chat Rooms Like It’s 1999

Dave Parrack 19-07-2018

Reddit now offers live chat rooms organized by subreddit. This means Reddit users can join chat rooms of their choosing, and converse with people who share their interests. All without having to use the standard, and rather limiting, Reddit user interface.


Reddit Adds Chat Rooms to Subreddits

You’ll either love or hate the standard Reddit UI. To regular users, it works well, even after the recent Reddit redesign A Quick Guide to the New Reddit Redesign Reddit was long overdue a redesign. However, if you're feeling a bit lost in the new Reddit, don't worry, as we're here to help you navigate the new Reddit redesign. Read More . But for outsiders it looks like something from yesteryear. Which is why it’s rather fitting that Reddit is now adding chat rooms.

Reddit has been testing live chat rooms over the past year, but only in an exclusive, invite-only closed beta. However, its new chat rooms are now launching in full beta, and being released to more subreddits every day.

Redditors Need to Communicate in Realtime

According to Wired, the idea of hosting old-school chatrooms within Reddit grew out of the r/place experiment last April. This, for those of you who missed it, was a collaborative project which enabled Redditors to contribute to a giant mosaic.

While the experiment itself was a success, it showed the need for a place for Redditors to communicate in realtime. Because Reddit would obviously prefer its users to remain on Reddit than disappear off to Slack, Discord, or Facebook Messenger.

The answer is live chat rooms organized around subreddits. Moderators can create chat rooms for as many topics as they want, from general chat to niche interests. And users can join the ones they want in order to enjoy realtime conversations with fellow Redditors.


Reddit’s live chat rooms are definitely a word in progress, with Reddit working on notifications for @mentions, and an API for moderators to build subreddit-specific tools. But even at this early stage these feel like a worthy addition to the Reddit ecosystem.

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  1. Smantha
    January 22, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Right.. because I need to be called a *** in real time. ;)