Reddit adds comment search to make website even better

Reddit just significantly improved its search on the site. Now it indexes comments, as well as original posts, communities and people. This makes it one of the first platforms with this capability and enhances the “internet homepage” experience.

Now you don’t have to scroll through thousands of comments to find the ones you want to engage with. This could be a double-edged sword, as it facilitates both positive and negative dialogue.

This is the first time in sixteen years that Reddit has existed that everything, and we mean everything, is viewable by users. Reddit polled users last year, and apparently the ability to search for comments was among the top results.

Early beta testing of the feature with 26,000 users generated a staggering five billion reviews searches. Now it’s live on the main site, but only if you’re browsing Reddit through the website. Apps will likely get the feature in the near future.

To go along with the new capability, Reddit is changing the way search returns results. As you search, results will be returned with a “less restrictive match”, so you don’t have to use exact wording to find what you’re looking for.

Search will also behave more like Google’s algorithm, bringing up content that other users clicked on when they searched for similar terms.

That should mean more relevant, up-to-the-minute search results. This will be ideal for finding information on major events or researching the latest trends.

Reddit search is already a viable alternative to using major search engines, and this update makes it even more so.

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