Reddit has launched a live blogging tool called as Reddit Live. Aimed at users who want to keep posting about live events in real time, the feature has been in semi-open beta version since February.
With Reddit Live, multiple users can post updates, and unlike Reddit traditional posts those watching the updates in real time would get them immediately without having to refresh. There is no limit to the number of updates that can be posted during the event.
A live thread about the conflict in Ukraine that has been updated continuously for nearly five months now, and the breakout hit Twitch Plays Pokemon, which followed an incredible event, said Reddit.
Reddit Live was developed by the team of Reddit after they realized the need to have the threads updated automatically in real time without having to refresh the page. During the testing phase, only Reddit employees were able to create live event threads and then they authorized others to contribute. Now, anyone can just visit the reddit.com/live and create a new live thread.
The Company posted through a blog post,
“Unlike with self-post or comment based live threads, there’s no limit to how many updates can be posted during the course of an event. These live threads exist outside of sub-reddits and are designed to be submitted, like any other link, to whichever (multiple) sub-reddits are relevant to the thread. Pictures, video, and more can be embedded in the updates by simply pasting a link”.
Following a non-restricted blogging style, Reddit has had its share of controversies. There has been several communities which have been found posting objectionable content in discussions. It has been just recent in February 2012, that “Suggestive or sexual content featuring minors” was banned by Reddit.
In January 2014, Mother Jones published a story describing the sale of guns on the site. The report suggested that sellers were doing so to exploit a loophole in federal law. Nearly 100 AR-15s were engraved with the Reddit logo as part of licensing deal made with the page in 2011.