Watching the r/Place timelapse is like watching the heart of Reddit

Even though you can no longer place tiles on Reddit’s r/Place canvas, which was a revival of an April Fool’s Day experience, the platform gave us the chance to relive the experience. The company has provided a treasure trove of data, including a recap article that goes over the numbers and stats (things like which country placed the most tiles or which submarines talked about r/Place the most), as well as a full CSV dataset for people to tinker with if they want.

But, as someone who’s seen the mayhem unfold by checking in every hour or so (and placing a few tiles from me), the coolest thing Reddit has posted is a three-minute timelapse that shows how the canvas has been shaped by users over the years. four days.

Watching it evolve is like watching the heart of Reddit. You can see communities battling for control of tiles or collaborating to create their own works of art – which included everything from a Among us teammate to a giant trans pride flag. And, you know, a terrifying face popping out of a void (which pops up multiple times, of course).

The GIF finally ends with an explosion of white — not because everyone teamed up to clean the board like an Etch A Sketch, but because Reddit made it so users could only place white tiles at the end. Luckily, not everyone’s tiling job is done forever. If you go to r/Place now, there’s an interactive version of the canvas where you can browse the entire 80+ hour experience and zoom in as much as you want.


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