Many popular third-party Reddit apps will be shutting down on Friday because of the platform’s forthcoming paid API, and fans of the apps are sending them off with heartfelt posts and memes.
After we first published this story, Selig posted his own eulogy in the Apollo subreddit. “Legitimately, I really feel a sense of that ‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened’ right now,” he wrote. He also teased that he was “pretty deep” into work on an iPad app, which he says he may open source one day. As I write this, his post is at the top of r/all.
Not every app is shutting down once July 1st rolls around. Narwhal, a popular iOS app, will live on, though with a subscription. The developer of the Infinity for Reddit Android app says they plan to make it subscription-only, too. Accessibility-focused apps, including RedReader, Dystopia, and Luna, received exemptions from the fees from Reddit, so they’ll still be available. And on Friday, the developers of Relay for Reddit and Now for Reddit said their apps would survive, too.
But for fans of apps like Apollo, RIF, Boost, and more, there’s only a few more hours until the apps shut down for good. At least we’ll have the memes.
Update June 30th, 6:48PM ET: Added eulogy from Christian Selig and that Relay for Reddit and Now for Reddit will still be available.