Reddit adds comment search to help improve search results

Today, Reddit is updating its search feature to index comments. For the first time, users will have the ability to pull results from replies to posts, making it easier to find something specific outside of general Reddit posts, communities, and people. The rollout is Reddit’s latest change to help users encounter content outside of their usual subreddits following the addition of a discovery tab to its mobile app in January.

Reddit says that in a user survey last year, the ability to search for comments was one of the top results. During “limited initial testing,” Reddit claimed 26,000 users continued to use the feature against five billion comments. Currently, the new capability is available globally to users searching Reddit’s desktop website, but not through its apps (which might be all the more reason to disable this pop-up). app install).

Searching reviews can let you find what you’re looking for without constant scrolling.
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Along with search for comments, Reddit is also updating its search experience to help users find more relevant search results written by real people. For example, when searching for something, instead of displaying search results with that exact label, related results will display instead to make the search less restrictive.

Right now, when you search Reddit, the search results are populated by relevance. With the new search function, results will be based on post interactions on the site. Now, Reddit’s search results take into account the popularity of a particular result on the platform. Interactions with a particular search result will help determine which of those results will rank higher.

This new method also allows users to see the most recent results or trends prioritized by the platform when many people are searching for information on the same thing. So if Reddit is your go-to for testimonials during an outage or for finding the latest breaking news, you’ll have a better chance of seeing recent results with Reddit’s new desktop update.


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