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How to post on Reddit: everything you need to know

Maybe you’re totally new to Reddit, or maybe you’re a longtime lurker and first-time poster. Either way, you might not be familiar with how to post on Reddit.

Below, you’ll find instructions on how to post on Reddit whether you normally browse your favorite subreddits on your PC or on your phone via the Reddit mobile app.

How to post on Reddit on desktop

If you normally peruse Reddit on your PC via its desktop website, you can use the following method to create a post that is posted to your own profile or one that is posted to a particular subreddit.

Step 1: You can start a new Reddit post in two ways. You can create a post from your homepage or go to the subreddit you want to post in and create a post from there.

  • From the homepage, after you’ve logged in on Reddit.com: Select the Create post text box located at the top of your screen. Select the subreddit you want to post in (or choose your own profile) from the Choose a community drop-down menu.

  • From an actual subreddit: Navigate to the subreddit you want to post in. Once you’re in the subreddit, you can start your post one of two ways. Select the Create post text box near the top of the subreddit page or choose the Create post button on the right side of the screen, within the subreddit’s sidebar.


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Step 2: At this point, creating a Reddit post on desktop web is the same process, no matter how you started.

After you choose a community or your own profile, choose the type of post you want to create (text, image/video, link, etc.). Then add a title or other text if needed. You can also add tags or flairs (categories for your post) if that subreddit allows them.

Filling out the form that creates a Reddit post.

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Step 3: Review your post and make sure that it fits within the guidelines of that subreddit. Once you’re happy with your post, choose the Post button to submit your Reddit post.

How to post on Reddit on the mobile app

If you’re more of a Reddit mobile app Redditor, you can use the instructions below to create a Reddit post on your mobile device.

Step 1: Open the Reddit mobile app on your device.

Step 2: Select the Plus sign icon at the bottom of your screen.

Step 3: Choose the type of post you want to create (image, text, video, link, etc.) from the menu that appears at the bottom of your screen.

Then fill out the rest of your post by adding a title, your content, and/or text if needed. When you’re done writing your post, select the Next button in the top-right corner.

Writing a post and choosing a post type on the Reddit mobile app.

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Step 4: On the next screen, you’ll need to choose the subreddit (or your own profile) that you want to post to.

Choosing the subreddit or profile you want to post to on the Reddit mobile app.

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Step 5: Choose any tags you want to add to your post. Then choose the Post button in the top-right corner.

Really love Reddit? How about starting your own subreddit? If that sounds interesting you, check out our guide on how to create a subreddit.

Choosing your post's tags and selecting the Post button on the Reddit mobile app.

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What is the best time to post on TikTok?

If you’re going to be a successful TikTok creator, you need to think about how to use TikTok more effectively. And that includes being more intentional about when you post your videos. Your followers and those who are new to your content could miss out on your videos if you post them at the wrong time.

In this guide, we’ll go over what you need to know about when to post your TikTok videos so that as many people as possible will see them.

Does it matter when you post on TikTok?

Yes, it does matter. But timing is just one of the factors you need to consider. When combined with other factors like the quality, uniqueness, and frequency of your content, getting the timing right on when you share your videos can help you get more views and engagement initially, which can lead to TikTok’s algorithm boosting its recommendation of your content in other users’ For Your Page suggestions. Because as HootSuite and MakeUseOf (and even TikTok itself) note, in order to get more engagement and attention for your videos via TikTok’s recommendation algorithm, your video actually needs to have already garnered some engagement to start with.

And that’s the goal: To get your content in as many users’ FYPs as possible to increase the chance that those users will engage with and view your content.

To reach that goal, though, you’ll need to clear the first hurdle, and that’s to get as much engagement (such as likes, comments, and views) as possible when your video is first posted. The more engagement you get at first, the more likely TikTok’s algorithm will keep recommending your video to other users. A key to ensuring your video succeeds in snagging as much engagement as possible when it first publishes is picking the right time to publish your content. To do that, you need to be aware of who your content’s target audience is and when they’re most active (read: when they’re more likely to view your videos). If you’re able to align when your content is published with when your audience is around to view it, you’ll likely increase your engagement. How much engagement you get will still depend on other factors like the quality of your content.

Is it better to post in the morning or at night on TikTok?

That depends on who your target audience is. You’ll need to do your research to figure out things like what time zones your viewers live in and when they’re active on TikTok. And to do that, the general consensus is that you’ll need to see your videos’ analytics. To access those analytics, you’ll need a TikTok Business account. You can switch to a Business account by going to your TikTok settings: Open the mobile app, select Profile > MenuSettings and privacy > Manage account > Switch to Business account.

It’s free to switch to a Business account. You will, however, need to have posted a few public videos before analytics will be available for you to view.

Once you know when your target audience is active on TikTok, you can time your posts accordingly.

When are the best times to post on TikTok?

While there are well-researched general guesses posted online, nothing beats the accuracy of looking at your own videos’ specific analytics and creating a posting schedule based on your viewers’ activity. But if for some reason you don’t have access to such analytics just yet or you just want a general guide, you can go by what Influencer Marketing Hub had to say about it as of May 2022.

The following is Influencer Marketing Hub’s suggestions for posting times based on over “100,000 global TikTok posts and engagement rates”:

(All times listed are Eastern Time.)

Monday: 6 a.m., 10 a.m., and 10 p.m.

Tuesday: 2 a.m., 4 a.m., and 9 a.m.

Wednesday: 7 a.m., 8 a.m., and 11 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m., 12 p.m., and 7 p.m.

Friday: 5 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.

Sunday: 7 a.m., 8 a.m., and 4 p.m.

You can also use their website’s calculator to get a more personalized posting schedule.

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Terrible news, everyone: AI is learning how to post cringe

People like to argue that technology is value neutral; that it’s neither inherently good nor inherently bad, but can simply be put to different uses. As a rebuttal, I’d like to direct the court’s attention to exhibit a), a video of “digital humans” rapping using AI-synthesized voices, that is intrinsically awful.

Indeed, I’d argue that the video above not only disproves the whole value-neutral thing, but makes a decent case for shutting down this “technology” lark altogether and heading back to the trees before it’s too late. What I mean is: AI is posting cringe and I don’t like it.

Okay, so I’m being a little harsh here and the video is obviously a joke. It’s the work of Replica, an AI startup that does interesting things with synthetic speech. The company tells us that during a recent hackathon, one employee worked out how to capture live audio of himself rapping and transfer “the timing, cadence and energy of his delivery onto one of our AI voices.” Combined with a little 3D animation and rendering, this video is the result.

For fairness, here’s Replica’s mea culpa, sent to us via email:

“DISCLAIMER – we know this video is deep in the heart of the uncanny valley. That’s not because the tech is bad, it’s because we’re amateurs at using 3D real-time rendering software – that’s not our speciality. The only reason this video exists is because the team created this during an internal company hackathon for fun using a new feature that’s under development, not yet open to the public.”

That feature in question is an upcoming integration due to be announced at GDC in July between Replica’s speech synthesis tools and Unreal Engine’s MetaHumans software, which generates realistic CGI humans. By combining the two tools, says Replica, anyone will be able to “create lip sync dialogue for games and movies, and even rap.”

As a reminder, though, you can also not do that. Just a thought.

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Security

Instagram’s ‘recently deleted’ feature lets you change your mind about deleting a post

Instagram is making it easier to bring back deleted posts. The company is rolling out a “recently deleted” feature in the app that’ll allow you to review content you’ve deleted, including photos, videos, reels, IGTV videos, and stories, and restore them. Instagram is positioning this feature as helpful against hacks, particularly if hackers gain control of an account and start deleting content. Starting today, users will need to confirm they’re the account owner through either text or email in order to permanently delete or restore content.

Deleted items will stay in the folder for 30 days, and if not touched, they will automatically delete after that point. Deleted stories are the exception, however: they will only stay in the recently deleted section for 24 hours before they’re permanently removed. To access the folder, navigate to Settings > Account > Recently Deleted.

Clearly, Instagram wants to give people chances to keep their content before permanently removing it. The app already offers an archive, or a way to keep posts without them being publicly available, and with this feature, it’s allowing people to keep their posts as an option, even if they want to initially delete them. Instagram benefits from having more content, and thereby more data, on users. The more it can encourage people to keep their posts, the better it is for the service.

Correction 2/2, 12:22 PM ET: This story initially stated that users need to confirm they’re the account holder in order to access the feature in general, but they actually only need to do so to permanently delete or restore content. We’ve updated to reflect this change.

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Facebook’s ‘supreme court’ overturns most of the platform’s post removals in its first rulings

The Facebook Oversight Board has overturned the social network‘s decisions in four of the first five cases that it’s ruled on.

The cases collectively covered Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. All the rulings will be binding.

Facebook’ “supreme court” provided summaries of the five decisions:

  • Overturned: the removal of a post commenting on the supposed lack of reaction to the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China compared to the violent response.
  • Overturned: the removal of a post that included photos of breast cancer symptoms, some of which showed uncovered female nipples.
  • Overturned: the removal of a post that contained an alleged quote from Joseph Goebbels, the Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany
  • Overturned:  the removal of a post that criticized the lack of a health strategy in France and included claims that a cure for COVID-19 exists.
  • Upheld: the removal of a post that used the Russian word “тазики” (“taziks”) to describe Azerbaijanis, who the user claimed have no history compared to Armenians.

The full decisions have been published on the board’s website.

[Read: How this company leveraged AI to become the Netflix of Finland]

The rulings are the first decisions made by the board, an independent body that was launched last year to review Facebook’s policies.

Its 20 members include a former prime minister, a Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize laureate, a British Pulitzer winner, and a leading Columbian human rights layer.

The board said it has received more than 150,000 appeals since it began accepting cases in October 2020:

As we cannot hear every appeal, we are prioritizing cases that have the potential to affect lots of users around the world, are of critical importance to public discourse, or raise important questions about Facebook’s policies.

The members decided whether the content violated Facebook’s Community Standards and values, and whether the removals respected international human rights standards.

In several cases, members questioned whether Facebook’s rules were clear enough for users to understand,” the board said in a statement.

Each case was first assigned to a five-member panel. After the panel’s reached their decisions, their findings had to be approved by a majority of the board before a ruling was issued.

Bigger decisions will soon follow. Last week, the board announced it will review the suspension of Donald Trump’s account, with a ruling due within 90 days.

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