RedditRewind Goes Back to the Future

Two developers have created an easier way to browse old reddit posts. RedditRewind is a virtual time machine for finding photos, videos, and links posted on reddit in the last few months. With a newly enhanced interface, it’s a welcome sight (and site) for sore eyes.

Creator and back-end developer Parham Negahdar was already working on RedditRewind when he discovered a post on reddit asking for a rewind feature for the site. “I saw there was lots of interest in such a thing so I launched my existing project as quickly as I could,” he said in an email, and put up a post about the site on reddit.

“At the time it was purely a utility,” he continued. “The UI was simply a list of links with dates, months, and years to visit a cache, and the result was simple list of links on the page (think 4chan-level UI). I knew the design sucked and made an edit to my post asking if anyone would be willing to design the site.”

Negahdar chose front-end developer Morley Zhi over others who expressed interest based on a sample logo he sent. “Since then, RedditRewind has shifted into a beautiful Reddit client of sorts with the rewind functionality at its core,” Negahdar added. ”Nowadays, I prefer browsing RedditRewind over Reddit even with the Reddit Enhancement Suite installed.”

RedditRewind looks newer than reddit and has its own default subreddits, or categories, on the homepage.

Zhi explained that he and Negahdar removed a few default subreddits, such as atheism, politics, and gaming subreddits, “for quality reasons,” he said, “and added some others we thought deserved to be included (like mildlyinteresting and /r/games).”

The site caches the front pages of popular subreddits every hour. Readers can sort through the posts by date using a sliding timeline and can also filter the stories by time of day. Reddit normally sorts posts by popularity rather than by date. The search results on RedditRewind will show the top posts for the selected time frame.

Clicking on a picture or a video will expand the file within the feed.

 

From there, the “open link” button will take the users back to the original post on reddit.com, where they can read all the comments on the post.

Although the timeline stops at Nov. 24, 2012, Zhi said some of the content goes back as far as Aug. 29.

The site may not rewind all the way to 2005, when reddit was founded, but as Negahdar wrote in his original post, ”it will continue caching hourly until you need it in the future.”

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