Reddit has made improvements to its on-site search, including better results for searching comments and more.
Reddit has released a series of updates to its search capabilities, including the ability to search comments and return more relevant outcomes.
Everything is now searchable for the first time since Reddit was founded. Its search bar can be used to locate users, communities, posts, and comments.
Reddit search is getting smarter with an algorithm that understands search intent, and incorporates new ranking signals.
Reddit has also introduced a new user interface to enhance its search experience.
More information about Reddit’s search updates is available here.
Search Reddit Comments
Reddit users can now search for comments easily and refine their searches to find comments in specific communities.
Before today, users had to manually scroll through comments and click on posts to find the right answer to their query.
Reddit users can now type a query into the search bar. They can also use the Comments tab to quickly browse through the replies to threads.
Reddit conducted a survey last year and found that the ability to search for comments was the most requested update.
More relevant search results
Reddit has made several changes to the way it returns search results. These adjustments are supposed to make the results more relevant.
Reddit search has the following adjustments:
- Less restrictive: A query that returns 100% doesn’t need to match the content of a post.
- Understanding search intention Reddit will alter how it ranks search results based upon search intent.
- These are the new ranking signals: Reddit search now uses users’ interactions and clicks on search results as a ranking signal.
Reddit also announced how its new user interaction signal works.
“For instance, if you click on the fourth result from a search for “succulents”, then the next time someone searches for the term “succulents”, we will be more likely to display the fourth position in the results.”
A new user experience
Reddit has updated its mobile search results pages with a new design that it claims is simpler.
Reddit has made cosmetic changes to the search results pages. This allows users to prioritise posts over other types of content.
Reddit has made search easier for everyone by reducing unexpected results and understanding the intent of searchers.
Early testing shows that users are pleased with the new experience. Reddit reported a 20% increase in search bar users during Q1 2022 compared to Q4 2021.
These updates, which include the ability to search for comments, are now available on Reddit.