Reddit, one of the largest social aggregation sites on the web, has been making a few changes as of late.
JD Rucker wrote an interesting post early 2011 questioning whether Conde Nast even knew what they had in Reddit and if they were in effect holding Reddit back from really growing.
Later in September of 2011, Reddit went from being owned by Conde Nast, to being spun out into Reddit, Inc, which is now owned by the same people who own Conde Nast, Advanced Publications. This change essentially takes them higher up the food change and allows them more flexibility for growth, like finding a CEO.
In February 2012, many were shocked when Reddit took a stance against child pornography by banning numerous popular, yet questionable, SubReddits.
At reddit we care deeply about not imposing ours or anyone elses’ opinions on how people use the reddit platform. We are adamant about not limiting the ability to use the reddit platform even when we do not ourselves agree with or condone a specific use. We have very few rules here on reddit; no spamming, no cheating, no personal info, nothing illegal, and no interfering the site’s functions. Today we are adding another rule: No suggestive or sexual content featuring minors. – Reddit
Last month, in March 2012, Reddit found their desired CEO, Yishan Wong, who turned out to be quite the unexpected candidate, even to himself.
I didn’t really quite believe I was a serious candidate. It didn’t seem real, and I knew that I didn’t match the profile of what you might consider (or so I thought) a CEO candidate. – Yishan Wong
This all leads us to some of Reddit’s most recent changes, like adding the new ‘All’ view that has been added to the front page, allowing users to for the first time see the most popular submissions from all SubReddits at once.
One weirder change was the removal of the ability to search for content based on site using the Reddit search box, which I noticed about a few days ago while trying to find an older post on Reddit which I could not remember the Title used.
I checked the Advanced Search options and the option to search for Domain is still listed there, so maybe this is a bug or something they have not updated as to why they removed.
Either way Reddit continues to make regular improvements on the site and we look forward to seeing what the rest of 2012 will bring.