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Reddit Begins Rolling Out First Redesign In A Decade

Theresa Casimir

Its mascot is gets redrawn, too

Reddit is a collection of related items of contents in social news, web content rating, and discussion website. Where registered members submit content to the site such as links, text posts, and images, which are then voted up or down by other members.

The company has redesigned its website and the changes begin rolling out today, marking the first time in a decade that the social media network has altered its interface. One percent of users will see the new design today, and over the course of the next few months, the design will come to all Reddit users and lurkers, as Wired reports. As of now, those who see the change can still switch back to the old Reddit.

The new site design comes with a redesigned navigation bar with a menu on the left corner, which resembles a lot of trendy website templates available on Squarespace, Wix, or Tumblr. The menu opens up to display links to feeds, subreddits you follow, and user profiles. Users will be able to choose to view Reddit in three modes: “classic view” which looks more like what we know today, “card view,” which vaguely resembles Facebook, or “compact view,” for more densely packed information.

Card View 

Five months ago, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman explained a bit more about the redesign, which by then had already been in the works for a year, by posting on the site: “Many of us evangelize Reddit and tell people how awesome it is … then when those new people decide to check out Reddit for the first time they’re greeted with dystopian Craigslist. We’d like to fix that.” Craigslist’s site is a scrolling list with plenty of white space, and Reddit currently still looks similar. Both hearken back to the beginning days of the internet when HTML was the primary way to code a page and embedding a link could have been considered an accomplishment.

Classic View

Along with the revised site, the company designers also redesigned Snoo, the platform’s mascot, as a more 3D cute mascot who’s traversing planets instead of just standing there in the logo. However, new users who join Reddit now get Snoo as a default profile photo, until they change it.

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