Originally unveiled in April 2017 as an April Fools’ Day experience, Reddit users have been asking the company to bring back the subreddit r/Place every year since then.
Finally, Reddit is fulfilling these wishes. If you’re new to r/Place, here’s what to know about how it works and how you can be a part of it in 2022.
What is r/place?
In short, r/Place is a dedicated subreddit consisting of a blank canvas made up of tiny white pixel grids. On a blank canvas, Reddit users can place colored pixels once every five minutes, creating a giant piece of art.
The subreddit was Reddit’s April Fool’s Day experience in 2017, and it was wildly popular, which is why it’s coming back. In fact, the company says it was one of its most popular April Fools’ Day experiences.
According to the company, more than a million Redditors participated in creating the collaborative digital art piece in 2017 (check out the embedded post above) by placing more than 16 million pixels. The concept behind r/Place is to showcase the power of online communities working towards a common goal.
What’s even more interesting about r/place is that it was created by Josh Wardle, the same developer behind the viral word game Wordley.
How r/place works
The concept behind r/place is very simple. Reddit offers a huge blank 1000×1000 tile canvas with tiny blank pixels, and any logged-in user can place a tile or pixel of their choice. You have complete freedom to use any color pixel or tile. The only limitation is that you can only apply a tile or pixel once every five minutes.
As it allows every logged-in Reddit user to participate, the canvas grows in real time. And you can see how things unfold even if you don’t use reddit or are logged out of the platform. The only limitation is that you won’t be able to participate—you’ll just be watching from the side.
How to contribute to Reddit’s art experiment in 2022
Reddit’s r/Place experience will go live on Reddit’s mobile and web apps starting April 1st at 9 a.m. ET. The canvas will be available until midnight ET on April 5th, so you have plenty of time to take part in Reddit’s art experiment.
If you want to contribute to Reddit’s 2022 April Fools’ Day experience, you’ll need a Reddit account. If you don’t have one, don’t panic; You can create an account and be ready in a matter of minutes. If you need step-by-step instructions, check out our guide on how to get started with Reddit.
Once you’re logged into Reddit, tap or click on the new “P” widget icon at the top of the home feed in the top right to access r/Place. Alternatively, you can open the Community drawer in the Android or iOS app and tap the “P” widget icon.
Don’t Miss Reddit’s 2022 Art Experiment
If you felt bad for missing the first r/place April Fools’ Day experience on Reddit, the social media platform has a second chance for you. Reddit’s r/place communal art experiment will run for 87 hours starting April 1 at 9 a.m. ET, so you have no excuse not to participate.
Even better, the participation requirements are very low – all you need is a Reddit account. You will be ready to participate in the experiment using the steps highlighted above. So, make sure you don’t miss out.