Reddit announced a new type of post called Liveupdate about five months ago. It made the feature available to admins, who could add reporters to them.
Now, reddit announced that it's making the feature available to everyone under the name "reddit live". The company explains in a blog post:
reddit live is a new feature of reddit for real-time updates. A reddit live thread’s multiple contributors can post updates, and anyone watching gets sent those updates immediately without having to refresh. Unlike with self-post or comment based live threads, there's no limit to how many updates can be posted during the course of an event. These live threads exist outside of subreddits and are designed to be submitted, like any other link, to whichever (multiple) subreddits are relevant to the thread. Pictures, video, and more can be embedded in the updates by simply pasting a link.
This feature has been in semi-open beta for a few months now. We posted about the beta testing of the feature back in February after a couple of threads got popular: A live thread about the conflict in Ukraine that has been updated continuously for nearly five months now, and the breakout hit Twitch Plays Pokemon, which followed an incredible event. Most recently, we ran a live thread of the NBA Summer League.
Anyone can set up their own live thread from reddit.com/live. There's also a subreddit at /r/live, where you can submit threads.
It's pretty easy to set up a thread, and you can change the title/description after it's been set up. You can also delete your updates, and close the thread at any time.
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