Tech Report

By: Nick Gambino

It’s been a long time coming but Reddit is finally launching in-house image hosting. So you can now post those “Indiana Jones in a fridge” photos all you want without using Imgur.

Reddit users have been using third party sites like Imgur to upload their photos in order to then share them on Reddit. This was just SOP but with the new announcement by Reddit that will become a thing of the past.

Reddit is one of the largest online communities with over 500 million visitors every month. Users can post everything from images (using Imgur) to GIFs (also using Imgur) to articles. Basically it’s like a digital bulletin board.

With this new native image hosting feature users can upload images up to 20MB and GIFs up to 100MB. In contrast, Imgur allows up to 20MB for images and 200MB for GIFs. So images are the same but larger GIFs will still have to be hosted by a third party site.

It’s not like Reddit is just kicking these other sites to the curb. They will continue to allow use of other image hosting sites. Andy over at Reddit acknowledged their importance, “For a long time, other image hosting services have been an integral part of how content is shared on Reddit – we’re grateful to those teams, but are looking forward to bringing you a more seamless experience with this new feature.”

It’s still hard to imagine Imgur and others aren’t going to take a huge hit. Kind of a “Thanks for the help, have fun on the way down.” But that’s just how the cookie crumbles. This was the natural next step for Reddit.

TechCrunch reached out to Imgur to find out their views on Reddit’s new feature and they had this to say:

“This isn’t a surprise. Tools for uploading images are an expected part of any platform these days, While Imgur started as a simple image-sharing service, it’s evolved beyond that and is now a massive community of people sharing and discovering the most awesome images from all around the internet.”

They went on to say, “That said, nothing will change for Reddit users who would like to use Imgur to share their images on Reddit.” So I guess there’s no hard feelings.

Reddit plans a limited rollout to begin with. 16 select communities will be able to use a beta version of this tool with 50 more being added next week. The subreddits with access to this feature right now are: GetMotivated, EarthPorn, Gaming, Space, OldSchoolCool, Sports, Art, Aww, Dataisbeautiful, Food, Funny, Gifs, mildlyinteresting, movies, photoshopbattles, pics.

The subreddit “photoshopbattles” is where you’ll currently see Indiana Jones from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull being hilariously photoshopped into various boxes and fridges.

Let us know your thoughts on Reddit’s new image and GIF hosting tool in the comments below.


Nick Gambino is a regular script writer and tech beat reporter for NewsWatch. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and daughter.

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