Following the announcement of a limited beta release last autumn, Reddit has announced it’s now started to roll out events and collections post types.
Events are posts that have time and date metadata associated with them. They can help bring awareness about an upcoming community event and users can follow them (and be reminded of them) when they start.
Collections are groups of posts that are put together by community mods. They make it easy for users to quickly navigate between all posts within a collection, without having to search for them. Collections can also be followed in order to get notifications when an upcoming event starts or when mods add new posts.
The new post types can be used alone or in conjunction with each other, and can help users follow events and discussions around something specific.
During the beta of the two features, Reddit has listened to the community feedback – and its suggestions – and has made quite a few improvements over time. For example, any post can be turned into an event, not just new ones. Also, all members of a mod team can view, create, or modify any collection or event, allowing them to collaborate.
Furthermore, collections offer different layouts that allow you to customise and showcase posts in the best way possible. The timeline layout is already available, while the gallery layout is on its way within the next few weeks – first on the web, and later on mobile.
Finally, if you’re posting event links a lot, try adding your event posts to a collection – and sharing the collection link instead. When someone clicks on the link they will always get the latest collection post. Pretty awesome!
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