Reddit has announced a brand new feature that they are currently testing out in closed beta – the ability for users to make their own Reddits. Reddit has long had the “other reddits” featuring ones specializing in programming, science, politics, etc, but by allowing users to create their own they are essentially turning Reddit into a platform – nice move.
This appears to fulfill exactly what Dave Winer was asking for a few months ago when he proposed that someone create a new “Elite Digg” where only selected members can contribute stories. This could be created under Reddit’s new “restricted” Reddit creation (where anyone can view the Reddit, but only select users can submit stories). The other two types of user-created Reddits will be “public” – which anyone can view and submit, and “private” where only invited users can both view and submit.
The closed beta testing of this new service will last only a week or so at which point it seems Reddit will open it up to a larger audience, if not the public. As long as these user-created Reddits are easy to set up and use, this has the potential of being huge. Sports fans can now create their own individual team Reddits, hobbyists can create their own, and yes, maybe there will even be an elitist tech one created.
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