There’s hardly any internet user out there who hasn’t heard about Reddit. Since its inception back in 2005, Reddit has grown to become one of the busiest places online, staying true to its tagline of “the front page of the internet”. This social platform provides news and discussions about anything you might think of – including those funny cat images and animations, the latest gossip on your favorite celebrities, AMA (ask me anything) sessions by important people, and much more. But unfortunately, Reddit’s interface has remained quite unchanged over the years, and may seem dated when stacked up against other social media platforms. If you use Reddit on Google Chrome and don’t really fancy its default UI all that much, give Shiny Reddit a try. This extension turns the already unique Reddit experience of browsing community-based content into extremely stylish. Details to follow after the jump.
For the unfamiliar, Reddit is a social news website that allows users to submit content in the form of text or link posts, enabling others to vote for the best submitted content. It allows users to engage in upvoting or downvoting submissions of other Reddit members so that only the most interesting content can rise to the top page. The screenshot below demonstrates Reddit’s default interface, which is simple and intuitive for sure, but not all that modern, especially when compared to services like Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter.
Enter Shiny Reddit, a lightweight extension that transforms how you browse the front page of the internet. Not only does Shiny retain all your favorite Reddit functionality such as viewing stories, voting, posting comments, sharing content, exploring different subreddits, saving links for later and more, but it presents everything in a modern Pinterest-esque beautiful layout, complete with endless scrolling that spares you the hassle loading the next page yourself. All the Reddit content is displayed in tiles that cascade down the page, allowing you to view pictures, animated GIFs, posts, albums, and other entertaining stuff that you fancy. For each thumbnail, the story’s title, submitter’s name and total votes are displayed. In other words, the extension breathes new life into Reddit.
Clicking a tile instantly opens its content in a pop up window that – besides displaying the actual content such as picture – shows all the comments on the right side.
All in all, it’s an excellent extension that gives Reddit a complete makeover. So, what are you waiting for? Give Shiny Reddit a shot by heading over to the link provided below; it’s great, and doesn’t cost you a dime.