Reddit redesigned its website and the changes begin to spread today, marking the first time in a decade that the social network has altered its interface. One percent of users will see the new design today, and over the next few months, the design will reach all Reddit users and intruders, as Wired reports. From now on, those who see the change can go back to the old Reddit.
The new Reddit design replaces the navigation bar with a menu in the left corner, which resembles many fashionable website templates available in Squarespace, Wix or Tumblr. The menu opens to show links to feeds, following subreddits and user profiles. Users can choose to see Reddit in three modes: "classic view" that looks more like the Reddit we know today, "card view", which loosely resembles Facebook, or "compact view", to get more densely packed information.
To make things more intuitive for new users, different fonts will now distinguish whether a link goes outside Reddit or leads to another post. To promote the creation of content, a large blue button is highlighted on the main page, r / all, inviting users to post something new. And the publications will now open in boxes to keep it on the main page on which it is located, so that each new link does not move it away from the page.
Reddit on the card ViewImage: Reddit
Along with the revised site, Reddit's designers have also reimagined Snoo, the mascot of the platform, as a more 3D pet crossing planets instead of standing there in the logo. New users who join Reddit now get Snoo as a default profile photo, until they change it.
Five months ago, the CEO of Reddit, Steve Huffman, explained a little more about the redesign, which by then had been working for a year, publishing on the site: "Many of us evangelize Reddit and tell the people how wonderful it is … Then, when those new people decide to visit Reddit for the first time, they are greeted with dystopian Craigslist.We would like to fix that. "The Craigslist site is a scrolling list with a lot of blank space , and Reddit currently still looks similar. Both date back to the early days of the Internet, when HTML was the main way to code a page and the addition of a link could have been considered an achievement.
Reddit in Classic View.Image: Reddit
But a Reddit user's response to Huffman hinted that older Redditors might not be fans of the change. In a comment that obtained almost the same number of votes in favor, the user Fauster, who moderates a subreddit for the actions, responded: "Older users will hate if they can not use the old Reddit. It is a format that stinks at the beginning, but there is a lot of space for information, yes, statistically, a page is optimized with 33 percent text, 33 percent images and 33 percent white space, but Reddit absolutely stinks with that format. "
Those users who liked the previous site better will be able to continue using the previous user interface. Reddit says in his announcement today, "We have no plans to remove the current site, we want to give you more options on how to see Reddit."