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 option to pull results from post replies, making it less of a hassle to find something specific outside of general Reddit posts, communities, and people. The launch is the latest change from Reddit to help users find content outside of their usual subreddits following the addition of a discover 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 best results. During “limited initial testing,” Reddit claimed that 26,000 users used the feature against five billion comments. Right now, the new capability is available globally to users searching on Reddit’s desktop website, but not through its apps (which might be one more reason to disable the Reddit install popup). application).

Searching for reviews can let you find what you’re looking for without constantly scrolling.
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In addition to comment search, 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 wording, related results will be displayed to make the search less restrictive.

Right now, when you search Reddit, the search results are populated by relevance. With the new search feature, results will be based on post interactions within the site. Reddit search results now take into account the popularity of a particular result across the platform. Interactions with a particular search result will help determine which of these results will rank highest.

This new method also allows users to see newer or trending results 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 breaking news, you’ll be more likely to see recent results with Reddit’s new desktop update.

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