Above: A screenshot of Reddit’s new custom Snoo avatar creator.
Image Credit: Screenshot via Reddit/VentureBeat
Reddit is rolling out a new perk for those that subscribe to the community news sharing site’s Reddit Gold program as well as adding two new features available to all users, the company announced today.
The custom avatar perk, which Reddit has affectionately dubbed “Snoovatars,” is a pretty simple tool that lets you make a custom version of the company’s alien mascot Snoo. Over the years, many users have designed their own version of Snoo for various subreddits (aka category pages) and every Reddit employee gets their own version when joining the company. Now that functionality is available to Gold users, which I’m guessing will be pretty popular among Redditors.
I had a chance to play with the Snoovatar creator, and it actually has quite a few options to make it your own, including various references to superheroes (Wolverine’s mask), Doctor Who (specifically, a sonic screwdriver), Star Trek, and more. After you’re finished toying with the design, you can then choose to make it publicly available or share it via a new Snoovatar subreddit.
But that isn’t the only thing rolling out today. Reddit is also making two popular Reddit Gold features available to all its user. Reddit Gold was initially launched as a way for the company to bring in more revenue to build new features into the site, which it would allow those that paid to test out before the rest of the community. That said, as of today all Reddit users will now receive notifications whenever someone links to their Reddit profile within comment threads. Also, Reddit is now letting anyone send an anonymous reply when another user “gifts” a month of Reddit Gold (priced at $4) to you for making popular comment or submission to the site.
These are pretty big features in terms of making Reddit’s community more socially aware within a lively discussion, and it also might help increase the amount of revenue Reddit is able to generate through gold subscriptions.
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