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Microsoft partners with Reddit for some crowdsourced wisdom

Bing search showing subreddit search results. (Source: Reddit)
Bing search showing subreddit search results. (Source: Reddit)
A partnership between Microsoft and Reddit will see the latter leveraging Microsoft's AI tools and Bing to integrate Reddit content in search results, especially from AMA sessions and Reddit Answers, enabling a more natural and crowdsourced approach to search.

Unless you've been living under a rock, Reddit should be pretty familiar. With more than 330 million users and about 2.8 million comments posted daily, the Reddit community is very engaged and vocal and the site as a whole reams with information about almost anything under the sun. Therefore, it is a reserve of crowdsourced information and analyzing patterns in the data is a herculean task. At the Everyday AI event yesterday in San Francisco, Reddit CEO, Alexis Ohanian, revealed that they are partnering with Microsoft to leverage their expertise in Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Reddit will leverage two key AI technologies — the Bing Intelligent Search and Power BI. Intelligent Search will incorporate Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) and other Reddit content into search results while Power BI solution templates provide business intelligence that enables marketers and content creators to see how the Reddit community is engaging with their content. Searching for a subreddit in Bing will now show the top threads in that subreddit in the search results. Initially, the following experiences have been launched, with more to follow. According to Microsoft —

  • While already in Bing, when you search for a specific Reddit topic or subreddit, like “Reddit Aww”, Bing will surface a sneak peak of the topic with the top conversations for the day from Reddit.  
  • When searching for a general topic that is best answered with relevant Reddit conversations, Bing will surface a snippet of those conversations at the top of the page so you can easily get perspectives from the millions of Reddit users. 
  • Bing will be the place to go to search for Reddit AMAs, Q&As with celebrities and every day heroes hosted by the Reddit community. On Bing you can discover AMA schedules and see snapshots of AMAs that have already been completed. Simply search a person’s name to see their AMA snapshot or search for “Reddit AMAs” to see a carousel of popular AMAs.  

Ohanian opines that Reddit's huge repository of crowdsourced information is a valuable asset to Bing and Microsoft's AI tools will help Reddit make sense of all this data in a much better way. More features and refinements to existing ones will be added based on user feedback.

Power BI analytics integrated with Reddit. (Source: Reddit)
Power BI analytics integrated with Reddit. (Source: Reddit)

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-12-14 (Update: 2017-12-14)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.