Reddit just added a new feature that a lot of people would love. For me, I think it’s one feature to take Reddit up there with websites like Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat. Yes, the website has launched support for geotagging posts on mobile.
What this means is that you can now let people know where you took those colorful photos by adding location. Built in partnership with Foursquare, the new feature is only available as opt-in; an indication that you or any other user will not be forced to add a location tag to your post if you don’t want it, TNW reports.
“Starting today, Reddit users can geotag their posts with a specific venue or location, adding context and interest. Just as Snapchatters love geo-filters and Pinterest users go wild for photo maps, now the Reddit community can quickly note where their story takes place,” said Mike Harkey, Vice President of Business Development at Foursquare in a post on Wednesday.
The only issue for me as well as other Reddit users out there is that it poses a big question on privacy. Geotagging gives away your location, and enables people to know where you are posting from. However, that has been quickly taken care of by the company by not making the feature compulsory for users; you will have to opt-in to start using.
One other good thing about the geotagging feature is that you can choose not make your location known or give up your exact area. Whatever happens, you are in control of how you want things to turn out when using geotagging.
Geotagging is only available on the iOS and Android versions of the service, with no mention of when it will be available on desktop.
One of the biggest tractions for people using online social media and publishing services is privacy. Over the years, Reddit has been able to attract millions of people to use its services because it offers them some sort of privacy when they publish their content on the platform—but about a year ago, the company rolled out new “Outbound Clicks” feature, which started rolling out in March 2016. The feature raised privacy concerns among users.
The feature started rolling out in March 2016, and became widely available to all users around July; with mixed reactions trailing why Reddit took a decision to add it in the first place. “We’re rolling out a small change over the next couple of weeks that might otherwise be fairly unnoticeable: click events on outbound links on desktop. When a user goes to a subreddit listing page or their front page and clicks on a link, we’ll register an event on the server side,” a statement credited to the company’s official website said a couple of months before the feature was globally launched.
One only hopes that geotag support won’t be received in similar light as “Outbound Clicks. We won’t know the answer to that until a few weeks or maybe months from now.