What was big yesterday, isn’t always popular today. So Reddit is now looking to shake things up for new users by featuring a new set of topics by default. For those of you who aren’t big on Reddit yet, like the 6% of adults online who use it, the topics logged-out users and new users alike see on the front page of Reddit are the default “subreddits” or main topics of the site. Each user can customize their subreddits with a host of other interesting topics and discussions. Reddit hasn’t updates these defaults in awhile, however, they decided some changes would be beneficial after analyzing a few key factors like: overall traffic to the subreddits, rate of subscriber increases, average number of users online, and number of submissions/comments being posted. Reddit is also hoping these new additions will be welcome to the general public by bring in some frequently popular categories.
Here is the new list of default subreddit topics, excluding the official defaults of /r/announcements and /r/blog (with all new additions in bold):
New Default Subreddits
Reddit is now looking to put more emphasis on books, gifs and television, as well as earthporn – a collection of magnificent earth photography, and explainlikeimfive, for those in the general audience that need a little extra assistance. And the promotion of GIFs makes sense given all the attention they get on the Internet, in fact, Tumblr just released on a new GIF making tool for the web today.
For those of you who remember the old topics featured, you might be wondering where r/politics and r/athiesm went? According to Reddit:
We could give you a canned corporate answer or a diplomatic answer that is carefully crafted for the situation. But since this is reddit, we’re going to try things a bit differently and give you the real answer: they just weren’t up to snuff. Now, don’t get us wrong, there still ARE good parts about them. Overall, they just haven’t continued to grow and evolve like the other subreddits we’ve decided to add.
The new changes should be visible to logged-out users and new accounts only. So if you already have an account, and you’ve ever subscribed or unsubscribed to a subreddit before, your subscription will remain intact. You can always update your personal subscriptions on the “my subreddits” page.
So check out the new subreddits for yourself and the beta multireddit feature just released!