Pour one in for a Clubhouse clone. It will close on March 21. Reddit Talk debuted amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but the company won’t necessarily be removing the feature due to a lack of interest.
Reddit still sees audio features as part of its future, but is putting it on the back burner for now to focus on other priorities. The fact that the provider of the technology that powers Talk is going out of business also complicated matters.
“There’s important work we need to do, like streamlining Reddit and building a better subreddit infrastructure, before incorporating audio,” he says. “Our original plan was to keep Talk while we worked on this. Unfortunately, the third-party audio provider we use for Talk is shutting down their service. In other words, the resources required to keep Talk live during this transition have increased substantially.”
Any discussions that took place after September 1 of last year will be available for download starting March 21. You will have until June 1 to get a copy of the recordings.
Reddit doesn’t have a timeline for reviving Talk or introducing other audio features. As He notes, however, that interest in hosting live audio conversations with a public audience seems to have waned across the board of late. Clubhouse after the start of the pandemic, which sent other prominent tech companies competing to build their own versions.
However, the number of Clubhouse users is reported to have decreased and . Spotify has some live audio shows. In October, Amazon reported that dozens of people who were working on its live radio service, .
That’s not to say that this streaming format is completely dead and buried. Discord has to include video. It seems that Twitter is also trying to push Spaces. The company is testing updates to Spaces, which may include features like themed audio stations.
Meanwhile, Reddit will remove another feature on March 21, when the Happening Now experiment ends. This feature allowed users to view live chats and ongoing Reddit conversations in the subreddits they follow. It also highlighted popular conversations taking place on the platform.
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