Have you ever wished you could say something to a Redditor that doesn’t quite translate to text? Well, the wait is almost over now that Reddit Talk is on the way, Reddit’s new live audio chat feature.
The new feature was announced today on Reddit (Going through Engadget). There is already a waiting list for this on the announcement thread, in case you are a moderator who wants to be able to interact via a live voice call with your community. It’s worth noting that only mods will be able to start Reddit threads during the feature’s testing phase, although Reddit is considering expanding the ability to host threads with “other trusted community members”.
Reddit Talk is testing its customization features so hosts can choose different emojis and background colors for variety and community-specific style. However, only time will tell what the real extent of said customization options is.
As mentioned in the Reddit Talk announcement thread, this feature has the potential to play an important role in how the site handles Ask Me Anythings (AMA), which are sessions where an important person – versus a community. given – is asked by the community and responds frankly. Reddit’s AMAs vary from hosting major celebrities to adult site movie stars to random people with interesting experiences to share, so it will be interesting to see which of these sticks around as standard text.
A concern raised by / u / Crashdoom in Reddit Talk’s announcement thread is that if significant AMAs are happening through Reddit Talk, will someone have to voluntarily transcribe what is said to preserve the conversation, given that one of the main draws of Reddit is its “forever” quality made possible by the nature site text? Reddit Product Manager for Creators / u / signal states that “Once the discussion is over, the Reddit post for the conference will exist (with the vote count and comments) but users will not be able to listen to the conversation.” Therefore, the question of how the dialogues will be preserved remains unanswered.
It remains to be seen how Reddit Talk will shake up, as well as whether it will be competitive with it. Discord Scene Channels Functionality, or Clubhouse, the app that started all the live audio chat frenzy in the first place.