So, I was doing my average computer stuff (like every super-exciting weekend of my life) and simultaneously browsing Facebook and Reddit while g-chatting all my friends in the world, and guess what I stumbled upon. (I know that made it seem like I was Facebooking, Redditing, and StumbleUponing, but no. I just casually, virtually stumbled upon something.)
It’s a Google Chrome extension. Called Shiny Reddit. (Downloadable here: http://www.shinyreddit.com/) I know, I know. How can Reddit possibly get any shinier?! It’s already so beautiful! (Actually, I believe it’s just beautiful enough to suck in thousands of souls every day and waste millions of hours across the world.) However, this extension’s main claim to fame is to be “sexy and functional!” What a combination! In the Internet world, usually things are one or the other. I guess this can be an exception.
After that enticing advertising, I just had to download it. Especially since I wasn’t doing anything better with my Saturday night. I’ll admit, when I first saw it, it was definitely sexy (I would prefer the term beautiful instead though. I don’t want to objectify the extension…), and so far, pretty functional too.
I know that they advertised fluidity as one of their main selling points, but I feel like it almost gives me motion sickness if I click around too much. I do like the infinite loading, very reminiscent of RES. That’s a good thing, though. The RES crew knew what they were doing. Andddd, then there’s the Fullscreen functionality. It’s always good to know that you can block away other things that might distract you from your distraction…And the social button! That’s great; now people can conveniently close the gap between Reddit and Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and Tumblr. I guess we won’t be exclusive for long Although, I’ll be honest, Reddit has been broadening its horizons and expanding its audiences recently.
As for the extension, Shiny Reddit? You’ve done well. It looks gorgeous. It works. And now you’ve made me love Reddit just a little more for the extension.
So, congrats to the creators!
You’ve turned Reddit into Pinterest.
Now it’ll suck in even more people.
P.S. – Did I make my love-hate relationship with Reddit a little too obvious in this post?