Reddit is parting ways with Imgur – the microblogging site’s image uploading tool, and instead introducing its own image uploading solution for the platform. Initially, Reddit was making the new image uploading tool available only to select communities/sub-redditors.
“Today, we are partnering with mods to launch native image hosting in beta to 16 default communities across Reddit, followed by 50 more next week. In this iteration, native image hosting will support single image and gif uploads”
Reddit’s new image uploading solution is a bit less efficient than Imgur. It allows users to upload high resolution images of up to 20 MB and supports GIF images of up to 100 MB resolution. In comparison, while Imgur allowed users to upload images of the same size, it also allowed uploading GIFs images with higher resolution – up to 200 MB.
It’s quality, not quantity that matters for redditors. As Reddit’s product team member claims, Reddit owned image uploading tool offers users a more seamless navigation experience than third party image hosting services.
Despite that, redditors would still be able to upload snaps to Imgur or through any other source. However, Reddit’s own tool will be now be the default image uploading service on the platform. This may divert users who happen to use the third party services, but its still a win-win situation for Reddit as it doesn’t have to share revenue with Imgur anymore.
At present, Redditors can make use of the image uploading tool through following sub-reddits:
Also, it’s important to know that in upcoming weeks there will be an addition of 50 more sub-reddits supporting the tool.