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created by iamthatisApollo Developera community for 8 years


Hey all,

It's been an amazing run thanks to all of you.

Eight years ago, I posted in the Apple subreddit about a Reddit app I was looking for beta testers for, and my life completely changed that day. I just finished university and an internship at Apple, and wanted to build a Reddit client of my own: a premier, customizable, well-designed Reddit app for iPhone. This fortunately resonated with people immediately, and it's been my full time job ever since.

Today's a much sadder post than that initial one eight years ago. June 30th will be Apollo's last day.

I've talked to a lot of people, and come to terms with this over the last weeks as talks with Reddit have deteriorated to an ugly point, and in the interest of transparency with the community, I wanted to talk about how I arrived at this decision, and if you have any questions at the end, I'm more than happy to answer. This post will be long as I have a lot of topics to cover.

Please note that I recorded all my calls with Reddit, so my statements are not based on memory, but the recorded statements by Reddit over the course of the year. One-party consent recording is legal in my country of Canada. Also I won't be naming names, that's not important and I don't want to doxx people.

What happened initially?

On April 18th, Reddit announced changes that would be coming to the API, namely that the API is moving to a paid model for third-party apps. Shortly thereafter we received phone calls, however the price (the key element in an announcement to move to a paid API) was notably missing, with the intent to follow up with it in 2-4 weeks.

The information they did provide however was: we will be moving to a paid API as it's not tenable for Reddit to pay for third-party apps indefinitely (understandable, agreed), so they're looking to do equitable pricing based in reality. They mentioned that they were not looking to be like Twitter, which has API pricing so high it was publicly ridiculed.

I was excited to hear these statements, as I agree that long-term Reddit footing the bill for third-party apps is not tenable, and with a paid arrangement there's a great possibility for developing a more concrete relationship with Reddit, with better API support for users. I think this optimism came across in my first post about the calls with Reddit.

When did they announce pricing?

Six weeks later, they called to discuss pricing. I quickly put together a small app where I could input the prices and it would output monthly/yearly cost, cost for free users, paid users, etc. so I'd be able to process the information immediately.

The price they gave was $0.24 for 1,000 API calls. I quickly inputted this in my app, and saw that it was not far off Twitter's outstandingly high API prices, at $12,000, and with my current usage would cost almost $2 million dollars per month, or over $20 million per year. That is not an exaggeration, that is just multiplying the 7 billion requests Apollo made last month by the price per request. Could I potentially get that number down? Absolutely given some time, but it's illustrative of the large cost that Apollo would be charged.

Why do you say Reddit's pricing is "too high"? By what metric?

Reddit's promise was that the pricing would be equitable and based in reality. The reality that they themselves have posted data about over the years is as follows (copy-pasted from my previous post):

Less than 2 years ago they said they crossed $100M in quarterly revenue for the first time ever, if we assume despite the economic downturn that they've managed to do that every single quarter now, and for your best quarter, you've doubled it to $200M. Let's also be generous and go far, far above industry estimates and say you made another $50M in Reddit Premium subscriptions. That's $550M in revenue per year, let's say an even $600M. In 2019, they said they hit 430 million monthly active users, and to also be generous, let's say they haven't added a single active user since then (if we do revenue-per-user calculations, the more users, the less revenue each user would contribute). So at generous estimates of $600M and 430M monthly active users, that's $1.40 per user per year, or $0.12 monthly. These own numbers they've given are also seemingly inline with industry estimates as well.

Apollo's price would be approximately $2.50 per month per user, with Reddit's indicated cost being approximately $0.12 per their own numbers.

A 20x increase does not seem "based in reality" to me.

Why doesn't Reddit just buy Apollo and other third-party apps?

This was a very common comment across the topics: "If Apollo has an apparent opportunity cost of $20 million per year, why not just buy them and other third-party apps, as they did with Alien Blue?"

I believe it's a fair question. If these apps apparently cost so much, an easy solution that would likely make everyone happy would be to simply buy these apps out. So I brought that up to them during a call on May 31st where I was suggesting a variety of potential solutions.

Bizarre allegations by Reddit of Apollo "blackmailing" and "threatening" Reddit

About 24 hours after that call with Reddit, I received this odd message on Mastodon:

"Can you please comment publicly about the internal Reddit claim that you tried to "blackmail" them for a $10,000,000 payout to "stay quiet"?"

Then yesterday, moderators told me they were on a call with CEO Steve Huffman (spez), and he said the following per their transcript:

Steve: "Apollo threatened us, said they’ll "make it easy" if Reddit gave them $10 million."

Steve: "This guy behind the scenes is coercing us. He's threatening us."

Wow. Because my memory is that you didn't take it as a threat, and you even apologized profusely when you admitted you misheard it. It's very easy to take a single line and make it look bad by removing all the rest of the context, so let's look at the full context.

I can only assume you didn't realize I was recording the call, because there's no way you'd be so blatantly lying if you did.

As said, a common suggestion across the many threads on this topic was "If third-party apps are costing Reddit so much money, why don't they just buy them out like they did Alien Blue?" That was the point I brought up. If running Apollo as it stands now would cost you $20 million yearly as you quote, I suggested you cut a check to me to end Apollo. I said I'd even do it for half that or six months worth: $10 million, what a deal!

The bizarre thing is - initially - on the call you interpreted that as a threat. Even giving you the benefit of the doubt that maybe my phrasing was confusing, I asked for you to elaborate on how you found what I said to be a threat, because I was incredibly confused how you interpreted it that way. You responded that I said "Hey, if you want this to go away…" Which is not at all what I said, so I reiterated that I said "If you want to Apollo to go quiet, as in it's quite loud in terms of API usage".

What did you then say?

Me: "I said 'If you want Apollo to go quiet'. Like in terms of- I would say it's quite loud in terms of its API usage."

Reddit: "Oh. Go quiet as in that. Okay, got it. Got it. Sorry."

Reddit: "That's a complete misinterpretation on my end. I apologize. I apologize immediately."

The admission that you mistook me, and the four subsequent apologies led me to believe that you acknowledged you mistook me and you were apologetic. The fact that you're pretending none of this happened (or was recorded), and instead espousing a different reality where instead of apologizing for taking it as a threat, you're instead going the complete opposite direction and saying "He threatened us!" is so low I almost don't believe it.

But again, I've recorded all my calls with you just in case you tried something like this.

Transcript of this part of the call:

Audio of this part of the call:

(If you take issue with the call being recorded please remember that I'm in Canada and so long as one participant in the call (me) consents to being recorded, it's legal. If anyone would like the recording of the full call, I'm happy to provide.)

I bring this up for two reasons:

  • I don't want Reddit slandering me to internal employees or public people by saying I threatened them when they reality is that they immediately apologized for misunderstanding me.
  • It shows why I've finally come to the conclusion that I don't think this situation is recoverable. If Reddit is willing to stoop to such deep lows as to slander individuals with blatant lies to try to get community favor back, I no longer have any faith they want this to work, or ever did.

What is an API or an API request anyway?

Some people are confused about this situation and don't understand what an API is. An API (Application Programming Interface) is just a way for an app to talk to a website. As an analogy, pretend Reddit is a bouncer. Historically, you can ask Reddit "Could I have the comments for this post?" or "Can you list the posts in AskReddit?". Those would be one API request each, and Reddit would respond with the corresponding data.

Everything you do on Reddit is an API request. Upvoting, downvoting, commenting, loading posts, loading subreddits, checking for new messages, blocking users, filtering subreddits, etc.

The situation is changing so that for each API request you make, there's a portion of a penny charged to the developer of that app. I think that is very reasonable, provided, well, that the price they charge is reasonable.

Claims that Apollo is "inefficient"

Another common claim by Reddit is that Apollo is inherently inefficient, using on average 345 requests per day per user, while some other apps use 100. I'd like to use some numbers to illustrate why I think this is very unfairly framing it.

Up until a week ago, the stated Reddit API rate limits that apps were asked to operate within was 60 requests per minute per user. That works out to a total of 86,400 per day. Reddit stated that Apollo uses 345 requests per user per day on average, which is also in line with my findings. Thats 0.4% of the limit Reddit was previously imposing, which I would say is quite efficient.

As an analogy (can you tell I love analogies?), to scale the numbers, if I was to borrow my friend’s car and he said "Please don’t drive it more than 864 miles" and I returned the car with 3.4 miles driven, I think he’d be pretty happy with my low use. The fact that a different friend one week only used 1 mile is really cool, but I don't think either person is "inefficient".

That being said, if Reddit would like to see Apollo make further optimizations to get its existing number lower, I’m genuinely more than happy to do so! However the 30 day limit they’ve given me after announcing the pricing to when I will start getting charged significant amounts of money is not enough time to deal with rewriting large parts of my app to lower total requests, while also changing the payment model, transitioning users, and ensuring this is all properly tested and gets through app review.

Further, Reddit themselves said to me that the majority of the cost isn't the server, it's the opportunity cost per user, so the focus on 100 versus 345 calls, rather than the cost per user, doesn't sound genuine. At the very least providing even a bit more time to lower usage to their new targets would be feasible if they've historically provided it, and it's not the majority of the costs anyway.

Me: "Because I assume the majority of it isn't server costs. I assume the majority is the opportunity cost per user."

Reddit: "Exactly."

Why not just increase the price of Apollo?

One option many have suggested is to simply increase the price of Apollo to offset costs. The issue here is that Apollo has approximately 50,000 yearly subscribers at the moment. On average they paid $10/year many months ago, a price I chose based on operating costs I had at the time (server fees, icon design, having a part-time server engineer). Those users are owed service as they already prepaid for a year, but starting July 1st will (in the best case scenario) cost an additional $1/month each in Reddit fees. That's $50,000 in sudden monthly fee that will start incurring in 30 days.

So you see, even if I increase the price for new subscribers, I still have those many users to contend with. If I wait until their subscription expires, slowly month after month there will be less of them. First month $50,000, second month maybe $45,000, then $40,000, etc. until everything has expired, amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars. It would be cheaper to simply refund users.

I hope you can recognize how that's an enormous amount of money to suddenly start incurring with 30 days notice. Even if I added 12,000 new subscribers at $5/month (an enormous feat given the short notice), after Apple's fees that would just be enough to break even.

Going from a free API for 8 years to suddenly incurring massive costs is not something I can feasibly make work with only 30 days. That's a lot of users to migrate, plans to create, things to test, and to get through app review, and it's just not economically feasible. It's much cheaper for me to simply shut down.

So what is the REAL issue you're having?

Hopefully that illustrates why, even more than the large price associated with the API, the 30 day timeline between when the pricing was announced and developers will be charged is a far, far, far bigger issue and not one I can overcome. Much more time would be needed to overhaul the payment model in my app, transition existing users from existing plans, test the changes, and have users update to the new version.

As a comparison, when Apple bought Dark Sky and announced a shut down of their API, knowing that this API was at the core of many businesses, they provided 18 months before the API would be turned off. When the 18 months came, they ultimately extended it another 12 months, resulting in a total transition period of 30 months. While I'm not asking for that much, Reddit's in comparison is 30 days.

Reddit says you won't get your first bill until August 1st, though!

The issue is the size of the bill, not when it will arrive. Significant, significant charges for the API will start building up with 30 days notice on July 1st, the fact that the bill for those charges being 30 days from then is not important. If you hear that your electricity bill is going up 1,000x and the company tells you, "Don't worry, the bill only comes at the end of the month", I hope you understand how that isn't comforting.

What would be a good price/timeline?

I hope I explained above why the 30 day time limit is the true issue. However in a perfect world I think lowering the price by half and providing a three month transition period to the paid API would make the transition feasible for more developers, myself included. These concessions seem minor and reasonable in the face of the changes.

I thought you said Reddit would be flexible on the timeline?

That was my understanding as well based on what they said on a call on May 4th:

Reddit: "If there's an entity who's like 'Hey I'm showing really good progress', you know trying to like we're trying to get a contract in place, we're trying to do all that type of stuff, I don't think you're going to see us be like, you know, like overly aggressive on that timeline. And I feel pretty confident about that point by the way based on conversations I've heard internally."

However when asking about more time, such as a 90 day transition period to make the changes, they said:

Reddit: "On the 90-day transition, remember that billing doesn't kick in until July 1. So you won't see your first bill from July until the beginning of August, and it won’t be due until the end of August (It’s net 30 day billing). You do, however, have to sign an agreement to get paid level access on July 1."

Did you explicitly ask Reddit for more time?

Yes, my last email to them (including Steve) said:

In terms of timeline, what concerns me most is the short nature of it before I start incurring costs. I have a large amount of users at price points that I won’t be able to afford to support with 30 days notice. For instance, users who subscribed for a year for $10 six months ago when I had no idea any of this was coming, amounts to $0.83 per month or $0.58 after Apple’s cut. Even if I’m able to decrease my API usage down to the number in your charts, that still puts me in the red for everyone of those users for awhile with no recourse. A situation like this is one that is legitimately making me legitimately leaning toward shutting down the app, but one that I could salvage if given more time to transition from the free API to the paid API.

In prior calls you mentioned that provided I kept communicating and progress was being made, the timeline wasn’t an absolute.

Is that still the case, or is it now the case that the date is set in stone?

That was a week ago and I've yet to receive any further contact from Reddit.

Isn't this your fault for building a service reliant on someone else?

To a certain extent, yes. However, I was assured this year by Reddit not even that long ago that no changes were planned to be made to the API Apollo uses, and I've made decisions about how to monetize my business based on what Reddit has said.

January 26, 2023

Reddit: "So I would expect no change, certainly not in the short to medium term. And we're talking like order of years."

Another portion of the call:

January 26, 2023

Reddit: "There's not gonna be any change on it. There's no plans to, there's no plans to touch it right now in 2023.

Me: "Fair enough."

Reddit: "And if we do touch it, we're going to be improving it in some way."

Will you build a competitor? Move to one of the existing alternatives?

I've received so many messages of kind people offering to work with me to build a competitor to Reddit, and while I'm very flattered, that's not something I'm interested in doing. I'm a product guy, I like building fun apps for people to use, and I'm just not personally interested in something more managerial.

These last several months have also been incredibly exhausting and mentally draining, I don't have it in me to engage in something so enormous.

Will you sell Apollo?

Probably not. Maybe if the perfect buyer came along who thought they could turn Apollo into something cool and sustainable, but I'd rather the app just die if it would go to a company that would turn something I worked really hard on into something that would ruin its legacy.

To be clear: I am not threatening anyone in the previous paragraph.

Reddit states that the Twitter comparison is unfair

Reddit stated on the first call that they don't want to be like Twitter:

Reddit: "I think one thing that we have tried to be very, very, very intentional about is we are not Elon, we're not trying to be that, we're not trying to go down that same path. [...] We are trying to do is just use usage-based pricing, that will hopefully be very transparent to you, and very clear to you. Or we're not trying to go down the same path that you may have seen some of our other peers go down."

They now state that the comparison of how close their pricing comes to Twitter is an unfair one, and that when they said that above, they were apparently referring not to the pricing, but to the decision Twitter made to ban third-party apps at a rule level, not a pricing level.

I think regardless of whatever their intent/meaning behind the comparison to Twitter was, the result is the same: the pricing will kill third-party apps, just as Twitter did.

I said this to Reddit, and they responded that they don't think Twitter's pricing is unreasonable, and that if anything, if Twitter reversed the rule about third-party apps, they would probably increase the prices as well.

Just to be clear about how wrong and out of touch that is, without naming names, a formerly very, very high up person at Twitter messaged me on Twitter and said:

"The Reddit api moves are crazy. I’m not sure what choices you have but to move to another network. [...] That pricing is designed to prevent apps like yours forevermore."

So to be clear, even this person thinks this pricing is unreasonable. I do too.

Have you talked to CEO Steve Huffman about any of this?

I requested a call to talk to Steve about some suggestions I had, his response was "Sorry, no. You can give name-redacted a ping if you want."

I've then emailed that person (same person I've been talking to for months) suggestions approximately one week ago about how Apollo could survive this, and I've yet to receive a response.

Do I support the protest/Reddit blackout?

Abundantly. Unlike other social media companies like Facebook and Twitter who pay their moderators as employees, Reddit relies on volunteers to do the hard work for free. I completely understand that when tools they take to do their volunteer, important job are taken away, there is anger and frustration there. While I haven't personally mobilized anyone to participate in the blackout out of fear of retaliation from Reddit, the last thing I want is for that to feel like I don't support the folks speaking up. I wholeheartedly do.

It's been a horrible week, and the kindness Redditors and moderators and communities have shown Apollo and other third-party apps has genuinely made it much more bearable and I am genuinely so appreciative.

I am, admittedly, doubtful Reddit wants to listen to folks anymore so I don't see it having an effect.

Your initial post in April sounded quite optimistic. Are you dumb?

In hindsight, kinda yeah. Many of the other developers and folks I talked to were much less optimistic than I was, but I legitimately had great interactions with Reddit for many years prior to last week (they were kind, communicative, gave me heads up of changes), so when they said they were aiming to have pricing that would be fair and based in reality, I honestly believed them. That was foolish of me in hindsight, and maybe could have had a different outcome if I was more aggressive in the beginning. Sorry. /canadian

(And to be clear, they did indeed say this. They used the word "substantive" and I wanted to make sure we had the same definition of something "having a firm basis in reality and therefore important, meaningful, or considerable")

Reddit: "That's exactly right. And I think, thankfully, the word is exactly the right one. It's going to have a firm basis in reality. I also just looked it up. We're going to try to be as transparent as we can."

Reddit claims they've reached out to developers who were bad users of the API, was Apollo contacted?

On May 31st Reddit posted a chart of large excess usage by some unlabeled API clients, and stated: "We reached out to the most impactful large scale applications in order to work out terms for access above our default rate limits via an enterprise tier."

To be clear, Apollo was never contacted, and I've been told from someone internally that Apollo is indeed not one of the unlabeled API clients.

The only time that Apollo was reached out to by Reddit in any capacity about usage was late last year when we received an email about a 6 minute period where Apollo's server API usage increased by 35% before lowering again. Despite 35% for 6 minutes being a comparatively small blip (the above post references clients that are over by 500000%), we responded within 2 minutes. We offered to jump on a call with Reddit engineers if they needed an answer ASAP, identified the issue within several hours and Reddit thanked us for the fast investigation.

Full email transcript:

Claims that Apollo has made no attempt to be a good user of the API

On the call with moderators, Steve Huffman said:

Steve: "I don't use the app, so I'll give you the best answer I can -- he does scraping so that he can deliver notifications faster, but has done NO EFFORT to be a good citizen of the internet."

First off, Apollo does no scraping, it's purely through authenticated calls to the API and has checks in place to ensure it stays within Reddit's API rate limits. I've open sourced the server code to show this.

Secondly, to say we have made no effort is categorically false. I have so many emails where I've reached out to Reddit expressing concerns about and bugs inefficiencies in the API, or ideas on how to improve things, or significant Reddit bugs that made things hard on us. When Reddit has had questions for us, as discussed above, we immediately jumped into action to get an answer as quickly as possible.

Here's an email of me giving a heads up to Reddit of IP address changes on our server:

Me: "With the new change it'll be maybe like, one IP address. This is all obviously still within the API rate limits as the requests are from individual user accounts that have signed in. Again, long story short the result will be more optimized if anything, I just wanted to give a heads up and ensure that it'd be okay if Reddit suddenly saw the server go from a bunch of different IP addresses to a single one which might cause some confusion if I didn't give a heads up."

Me wanting to make sure we were doing everything as best as we could:

Me: "Everything is going well, we just had a few questions about best practices making sure we’re following any suggestions your team has. Is there any way we could poke someone on your team with a few questions we’ve been having and have a tiny back and forth? We were just seeing some elevated response times, and just thought it would be great if we could maybe describe what we’re doing and see if anything seems off/suboptimal."

Me reporting to Reddit that the API has a serious bug in recording rate limits:

Me: "We obviously respect the rate limit headers and if a user comes close to approaching it (within 50 requests of the 600 every 10 minutes limit) we stop their requests until the refresh period occurs. However we're seeing some users have very, very weird rate limit headers. Things like "requests remaining: 0, requests made: 17,483, reset: 598 seconds left" which indicates they've somehow made over 17 thousand requests in two seconds which seems hard to believe."

Me suggesting to Reddit improvements that could help improve efficiency of notification API calls:

Me: "So like little stuff like that, where even if there's a streaming client or some way to minimize the calls there, I think it would help us both out enormously."

Further, when making suggestions to your own employees, they themselves have expressed concern about how terrible the public API is:

Call on January 26, 2023

Reddit: "I cannot tell you how painful it is to use our API. [...] The API needs to change. Like it's just unusable. I am surprised that you're able to build a functional app on it to be honest."

Claims that third-party apps are not interested in talking

Steve: "Why not work with the third party apps? Their existence is not a priority for us. We don't use them. I don't use them. It's a part of our traffic but not a lot, and it's a lot of work on our side to keep them alive. If I have to choose where to put our effort, we're going to focus internally. I'm kind of open to it, but I haven't – and I can't convince you, but I don't get the sense that they want to work with us either."

I'm genuinely not sure where Steve has got the impression that I don't want to work with him. Despite reaching out multiple times and him declining to talk, I've stated multiple times on calls, literally saying the words "I definitely still want to talk".

Reddit: "What I'm hearing is like, Yeah, great. We have this disagreement on pricing methodology, etc. But any feasible number that we get to, any number that's even in, the zip code of what we're sharing with you is unfeasible from your perspective financially. So it's like arguing around the edges of that price thing is like, it just won't make any sense to you. And I presume also just given the NSFW stuff and the removal of ads that makes it even more trickier." Me: Yeah. I mean, to be very clear, I'm not saying I'm walking away from the negotiation table and taking my basketball and going home and just gonna kick up a storm. That's not my intention at all. I definitely still want to talk. I'm not asking you to lower the price by a hundred times or something. I don't think – depending on what you mean by zip code – I don't think I'm so unreasonable that I'm requiring you to bend over backwards here."

I've also emailed Steve and the other contact directly stating that I'm interested in talking, and including ideas for how we could come to a solution:

Me: "I understand where Reddit's coming from in this. A free API, while appreciated, is not tenable for you especially heading into an IPO, and my only goal here is to come to a solution where we both feel understood. I also hear you that killing third-party clients isn't actually the goal, and in that spirit have been working on how to address your concerns from my end: [...]"

I don't know how you can say I'm not interested in talking when you haven't my most recent email in a week. To say it once more, I was very interested in talking.

On the other side of things, per the transcript, Steve and the other admin on the call don't even know when the discussions with third-party apps began.

Steve: "When did we start talking with them?"

AnAbsurdlyAngryGoose: "What month did you first start?"

Steve: "FlyingLaserTurtles? Do you remember? April or May of this year."

FlyingLaserTurtles: "Maybe late March? But yes."

Claims that Reddit has been talking to developers for months talking about these changes

Steve: "We've been in contact with third party apps for MONTHS, talking about these coming changes."

When you announce that the API will be charging developers, the most important portion of that conversation is what will be charged, which was not available for almost two months after the initial call. From the time developers were told the price, to the time developers will be subject to the price, is 30 days, not "months". Months would have been very helpful, in fact.

What about existing subscriptions?

I've been talking to my rep at Apple, and over the next few weeks my plan is to release something similar to what Tweetbot did (Paul has been incredibly helpful in all of this) where folks can decide if they want a pro-rated refund on any existing time left in their subscription as Apollo will not be able to afford to continue it, or they can decline the refund if they're feeling kind and have enjoyed their time with Apollo.

For the curious, refunding all existing subscriptions by my estimates will cost me about $250,000.

A nice send off at WWDC

Apollo got mentioned a few times during Apple's 2023 WWDC keynote, even by Craig Federighi himself, and even during the Vision Pro announcement showing Apollo as one of the existing apps compatible with the headset (I'm sorry I won't be able to see that happen).

I was lucky enough to be there in person and it felt incredible. Some folks asked if there was any deeper meaning behind that, and while that would be cool, in all reality these things are so well produced that they've been done for a while now, so I'm sure it's just a coincidence, even if it's a really cool one.

Extra icons

A funny amount of people have reached out wondering about all the extra monthly icons I had queued up for Apollo. I love them, was so excited for them, and I'll make them available immediately for the short time left, but if you're curious here's a screenshot of all of them:

We ended up with well over 100 custom icons created by incredibly talented designers, and I'm really sorry to those designers who didn't get to see their work launched in the app (to be clear, don't worry, I paid them all – there isn't some bs "exposure" agreement – but it's fun to have your icon launch and I feel bad!)

When is Apollo's last day? What will happen?

In order to avoid incurring charges I will delete Apollo's API token on the evening of June 30th PST. Until that point, Apollo should continue to operate as it has, but after that date attempts to connect to the Reddit API will fail.

I will put up an explainer in the app prior to that which will go live at that date. I will also provide a tool to export any local data you have in Apollo, such as filters or favorites.

Thank you

I want to thank a lot of people who have made this last week bearable. First and foremost, the communities, Redditors, and moderators who have reached out in support of third-party apps, making Reddit's gaslighting a lot more bearable in making me feel like at least someone was understanding me and in my corner.

My girlfriend's been absolutely incredible and supportive. This year was our 10th anniversary, and Monday was her 30th birthday. We're down in California for Apple's WWDC and had a bunch of things planned to do for her birthday afterward, and I feel terrible that we're flying home early to deal with all of this instead of making her 30th special. I'll make it up to her.

André Medeiros worked on the Apollo server component with me for the last two years, and it's been an absolute joy to work with a professional who knows so much on that side of things.

The iOS developer community has been unbelievably kind to me over the past several weeks, I've spent the last week with many of them, even staying at an Airbnb with a bunch of them (they ordered me pizza as I wrote this post!), and I've got so many hugs and condolences haha. Specifically want to thank Paul Haddad of Tweetbot/Tapbots/Ivory, Ryan Jones, Brian Mueller, Curtis Herbert, André Medeiros, Quinn Nelson, Paul Hudson, Majd Taby, Ryan McLeod, Phill Ryu, Larry Hryb, Charlie Chapman, Mustafa Yusuf, Adrian Eves, Devin Davies, Jordan Morgan, Yariv Nassim, Will Sigmon, Barry Hershman, Joe Rossignol, Michael Simmons, Joe Fabisevich, my family, and so, so many more.

Also want to thank everyone at Apple who have gone out of their way to be incredibly kind here (I don't know if I'm allowed to name names but you know who you are).

I'll be fine

No bullshit, I'll be fine. Through pure chance last year I spun off my silly Pixel Pals idea into a separate app, and that actually makes good revenue on the side. I also have savings. Recently (like last week) my city had its worst wildfires in history with over 100 homes destroyed. That's brutal, losing an app is sad, but it's been helpful to me to recognize how much worse it could be just literally down the street from me.

Honestly. Apollo had an incredible run, I met the coolest people, by my last count talked with folks over 15,000 times in our subreddit about Apollo, and raised over $80,000 for my local animal shelter through Apollo. I feel incredibly fortunate.

I think I'll rewatch Ted Lasso though.

Supporting my work

I build a second app called Pixel Pals that I spun off from Apollo that's thankfully done pretty well and I'll be spending more time on going forward. If you like the idea of digital pets it's a really fun app to check out.


If any media/press folks have any questions, please shoot me an email rather than messaging me on Reddit, I missed a few last week because my inbox was blowing up. My email is [email protected]


I think I covered everything, but if there's any questions feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer!

In the event that this post is taken down or you want to link somewhere else, it's also available at

Thanks for everything over these last 8 years,

- Christian

EDIT: Few updates:

Tip Jar

Per many requests I also added back the Tip Jar to the top of settings if you update the app. It's incredibly kind of anyone to even think of that, but please feel no pressure. On one hand I don't want it to feel like I'm profiteering off this event, but on the other hand I imagine people understand it would have been much more profitable/ideal if the app were able to just continue to exist in the first place so that would be really bad profiteering, and the refund thing genuinely is daunting.

What if…

I've seen a lot of questions along the lines of: "What if Reddit gives you a deadline extension because of this post and posts by other developers?" and that's something I truly would have loved for them to have made an effort to communicate earlier. You can't give developers 30 days between when the pricing is announced and when they will start incurring charges, and also wait a week (25% of the time we're given) between replying to emails without so much as a "we hear you're concerned about the short timeline and looking into what we can do". In conjunction with your previous emails, it just appears like you've stopped any desire to communicate with developers, in a period where we have a serious, expensive deadline looming with not that much time to wind down our apps.

And I also just know if I sent another email saying "I'm going to post tomorrow that Apollo is shutting down unless you do something about the timeline", it would be construed as a threat.

Even more than that, Reddit's behavior has been so appalling that for any developer I've talked to it's completely erased the indication that they even want us around.

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[–]NotTheSicario 858 points 20 hours ago

This came up as a talking point on the floor I work on between everyone there during lunch. We discovered that around 60% use Apollo, 15% use other third party apps and the remaining 25% don’t use Reddit at all.

The reason Reddit is doing this is because their investors want full control over what their users see and what they can do on Reddit. Considering Reddit only exists because of the content their users post, this seems like they’re trying to destroy Reddit from within.

During our discussion we came to a consensus that the likelihood of any of us using Reddit, if the third party apps disappeared, was basically zero. Reddits own app is lacking so many features, and their new desktop UI seems like a garbage TikTok clone.

Thank you for all the hard work Apollo has been doing since it’s inception, and I wish you all the best in the future.

[–]AkioDAccolade 108 points 20 hours ago is 100% on the block next, no way they kill something like apollo which has so many users without killing, which avoids a ton of the new reddit bullshit. I dont see ads at all on my reddit feed because

[–]ElectronGuru 255 points 20 hours ago

It’s worse than that. Twitter and facebook pay their mods. Reddit mods are all volunteer. And many/most use apollo. All that free labor is about to go poof!

[–]Masterofunlocking1 471 points 21 hours ago

I want to thank you for making honestly the smoothest app I’ve ever used. It’s a shame they can’t see the error of their ways already. I wish the best for you.

[–]Mathesar 1141 points 21 hours ago

Oh lawdy there are tapes.

[–]geckospots 458 points 21 hours ago

He’s got the receipts.

[–]50shadesofeyy 40 points 19 hours ago

Aw u/spez you know what's up, we kept the file!

[–]Smooth-Question-3069 122 points 20 hours ago

Yeah absolutely legendary move getting these bozos on tape. Insane spin by Reddit.

Not that I expected anything less but this is a disaster, this valuation is cratering.

[–]ngwoo 48 points 16 hours ago

If it's any consolation there's now concrete proof that if you try to work with Reddit on anything, they'll lie and publicly smear you to try and make you capitulate. Good luck building any business relationships in the future Reddit, you fucking clowns!

[–][deleted] 337 points 19 hours ago

Deleting my Reddit account now, I could wait till June 30 but it feels wrong to keep using the site now that we know for sure what they’re doing to Apollo. It’s been a great run, and thanks Christian for all the work over the years. Will miss the communities a lot. Stay awesome guys

[–]lman2121 4228 points 20 hours ago2

Craig’s widgets :’(

[–]glenn1812 2381 points 19 hours ago

Wish apple could intevine somehow. One of the best apps on iOS. God damn I can't believe that in a few months I won't be browsing reddit at the end of the day ever again

[–]BlesserBot 1180 points 19 hours ago

Apple won't be able to do anything :(

It's REDDIT who with their outlandish api pricing brought us to this stage.

Fuck this, I am out.

[–]fs454 985 points 19 hours ago

/u/spez I hope you enjoy the large exodus of users. Should have just worked with him to add first party ads or something. And maybe not be greedy Elon clones.

[–]Mister_Hangman 512 points 18 hours ago

Dear /u/spez,

Sincerely, get fucked. What an absolutely stupid business decision... but then again, you clowns and your private equity bullshit.

This is why digg v4 happened. Now youll see it happen here.

[–]lennypartach 40 points 19 hours ago

I didn’t even think about losing my Apollo widgets, I have the pictures one in multiple spots as a reminder to myself to just look at pretty things once in awhile.

[–][deleted] 2225 points 19 hours ago

Thank you for everything. I’m deleting my 11 year old account.

So long

[–]wedid 1421 points 19 hours ago

Bro actually did it

[–]NazTehRpR 648 points 19 hours ago

A lot of people are actually following through.

[–]Blarghnog 464 points 18 hours ago

I’m just waiting until the 30th. But I’ll be knocking out a half dozen accounts, some of which are over 10 years old.

[–]NazTehRpR 121 points 18 hours ago*

I got 7 years on this platform and enjoy being on it. This app makes it possible, & It’s sad that this is happening. Hopefully something happens before than. But I’m definitely seeing [deleted] in some places.

[–]terribletreble 44 points 14 hours ago

I deleted other social media almost two years ago and reddits been my single social media site in that time. My usage has gone up and I’ve been more engaged. I barely used twitter but deleted that account the day Elon took over and started allowing people back onto the platform that shouldn’t be there.

It’s unfortunate to see what’s described here taking place, I don’t expect corporate entities to look out for the individual user, but the way they treat people who arguably help drive traffic to their site and especially Apollo is horrifying.

Getting off of Reddit will be a blow for me as I enjoy my time here, but short of Reddit having a real come-to-Jesus moment, it feels like June 30th will likely be my last day with an account and using it for anything other than the occasional reference.

[–]Eminem_McFlurry 52 points 18 hours ago

Yeah I’m gonna stop using on the 12th and delete on the 30th assuming nothing changes.

(And honestly, the way this post is written makes me think even if Reddit does back down, Apollo is still done - because why work with a company that already showed its hand?)

[–][deleted] 48 points 16 hours ago

We might as make this a thread for users making good on our promise.

11 years, 3 months.

So long.

[–]Dyan654 2859 points 19 hours ago*

This is legitimately heartbreaking. I downloaded Apollo on the first day it was out of beta, and it’s unequivocally my favorite app. It’s one of the only third-party apps I use that is so well designed, so emblematic of Apple’s HIGs, that it might as well be a first-party application. As far as I’m concerned, it’s literally perfect.

I’m absolutely disgusted at the way Reddit has conducted themselves. It’s embarrassing, unprofessional, and imo libelous. I think you’d have a good case for a libel lawsuit, especially given your documentation. I suppose this isn’t a surprise, given Reddit’s precious corporate bullshittery, but this is a new low.

/u/iamthatis - if the June 12th blackouts are effective in making Reddit change their course, and they issue a full-throated apology, would you be interested in continuing the app’s operation? I get it if not - the way you’ve been treated is reprehensible - but it’s an important question to ask.

Thanks again for all your work. If Apollo indeed shuts down, I swear to god, I’ll never use Reddit again. May their IPO burn.

IMPORTANT EDIT: As far as I can tell, this post is being suppressed. Check out the different between when I'm logged in and logged out (same exact page, 1 second apart): Could be because of this feature, but it's hard to say.

[–]IndexZer0 106 points 17 hours ago

I'd love for this to be higher up so as to get an answer to this. It's a well worded question and I'm in total agreement the treatment of /u/iamthis being uncalled for. Apollo came with the receipts and proper math for how Reddit is just being disingenuous with their asks.

I think I like this question because I'm still holding out hope for a miracle here. I guess the only social media I use is something I'm going to have to stop using. I mean...what now? Do I have to go socialize in the real world?!? That's not what's supposed to happen in 2023!

[–]Ungoliantsspawn 46 points 17 hours ago

This stuff is blowing up in HN and in other places. There is no way u/spez will doge this.

[–]SkyGuy182 3961 points 20 hours ago

Apollo is an absolutely amazing app that I use to judge all other iOS apps. I will sincerely miss this app, the people who love it, and Christian’s engagement with the community. My Reddit usage will almost certainly die alongside Apollo.

I’m pouring one out for you, u/iamthatis. Thank you so much for such an incredible app. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t crying a little right now.

[–]jerrymandarin 127 points 19 hours ago

Truly, Apollo is so intuitive and so seamless. Other iOS app developers should aspire to create something as functional as Apollo.

[–]Dead_Politician 263 points 20 hours ago

Holy shit. End of an era. I hate to read this.

[–]Cheechers23 258 points 19 hours ago

Man this has really killed my mood. Reddit really is trying to villianize Apollo and it’s disgusting

[–]Defying 5463 points 20 hours ago3& 2 more

Their fucking claims of you blackmailing them is incredibly insane. Fuck this place

[–]disgruntled_pie 1901 points 18 hours ago

Yeah, that sounds like it borders on defamation. Maybe Christian can still get $10 million out of this after all…

[–]acelsilviu 1413 points 18 hours ago*

They were internal statements though. It might have been possible (and funnier) if he’d waited for spez or an admin to publicly say that shit, and only then hit them with the "btw I recorded everything you said".

Edit - that was wrong, Reddit did publicly state that Christian threatened them. Hoooooo boy.

Edit2 - as several people have pointed out, the distinction seems to be legally irrelevant anyway, thanks /u/Professional_Row340 /u/throwaway39402 /u/noturlawyer

[–]Manny-Both-Hanz 516 points 18 hours ago

Yeah, and they even doubled down on it:

Apollo threatened us, said they’ll "make it easy" if Reddit gave them $10 million.

I am confused about this bullet point, can anyone clarify what it actually means? Apollo threatened who? Where? And what does that $10M figure have to do with anything?

BuckRowdy replied:

Reddit is saying that when they approached the dev of Apollo about the changes, he asked them to buy his app for $10 million. They characterized it as a threat which makes little sense.

[–]Jakeman52 417 points 17 hours ago

Legitimately should have taken his offer and fired their entire mobile team if they were smart.

[–]btk79 411 points 17 hours ago

10 million for an app like Apollo is a FUCKING BARGAIN. They are incredibly dumb. The default Reddit app is ridiculous in comparison.

[–]cougrrr 56 points 17 hours ago

But if Spez and company buy the app for $10 million they can't then extort the creator of the app for $20 million so (taps forehead).

[–]MINECRAFT_BIOLOGIST 131 points 18 hours ago*

Well, thread's archived now, so there's a permanent record of what they said. Let's see how this shakes out.

EDIT: Archive link -

Wayback Machine's being a little odd so I used Ghostarchive.

[–]throwaway39402 38 points 18 hours ago

The context of internal vs. public doesn't matter here. The issue with suing is whether they operated with knowledge the information they said was false and that it harmed the reputation of the subject.

[–]changelogApollo Server Man 6672 points 20 hours ago*222& 9 more

Working with you on this has been nothing short of a blessing. Thank you for everything, /u/iamthatis <3

Edit: I'd like to remind folks that Apollo does have a tipping function. I know Christian deserves every bit of support we throw his way.

Edit edit: Please be kind when looking at the code. Remember that this was something that served its purpose at the time, sometimes iterated on quickly, and due to time constraints, we weren't aiming for perfection. I know there are 50 things I could have done better, thanks :P

[–]iamthatisApollo Developer[S] 333 points 11 hours ago

André it's been an absolute delight. For the uninitiated he randomly DMed me on Twitter if I needed help on the server side of things at a time when I was at wits' end how to go any further with my server knowledge. I gleefully agreed and it's been a delight working together since, I'm an iOS developer so backend server design isn't one of my biggest strengths, and having someone who knew what they were doing on the server side of things was so, so nice.

[–]changelogApollo Server Man 131 points 11 hours ago

no u <3

[–]Gruzzly 70 points 11 hours ago

Dang, this is like watching the musicians on the Titanic who said "it’s been an honor playing with you tonight."

End of an era. Thank you both for everything. It will be sorely missed.

[–]aldeology 44 points 18 hours ago

Yes, /u/changelog is a great person to work with, someone I miss working with IRL.

[–]eggimage 729 points 20 hours ago*

well. looks like my reddit addiction is getting cured in less than a month.

this really sucks. so sorry this amazing app has to end like this. reddit truly is garbage

edit: reddit, fuck you very much

[–]RE_Chief 1506 points 20 hours ago

Looks like June 30 will also be my last day on Reddit. Thanks for making and improving a world-class Reddit client.

[–][deleted] 183 points 18 hours ago

Why wait? I’m done now

[–]anakinfan8 222 points 20 hours ago

Well, this is a post I had hoped to never read. I’m gobsmacked that the Reddit head honchos can be this inept. Christian, thanks for literally everything you’ve done man.

[–]Arvann 2164 points 20 hours ago

If Apollo goes, it is goodbye reddit for me. I never would have thought I would have to let go of this amazing app.

Thank you Christian for working on Apollo for the last 8 years and delivering an app that so many people loved.

Sad to see it go.

Greed is evil.

[–]tman612 9764 points 20 hours ago362& 5 more

I will stop using reddit on June 30 :(

[–]mininova721 4402 points 19 hours ago

There's no way I'll ever use their official app. I rather give up the site entirely.

RIP Apollo. You were truly the best.

[–]GoingTibiaOK 1404 points 19 hours ago*

Same. I actually quit Reddit before until I found Apollo. I have no problems giving it up, realistically Reddit has been wearing me down lately, it’s all fighting and political shit now.

[–]LlamaAndNinja 45 points 19 hours ago

I’m just glad Reddit is forcing me off the app. I already put a time limit on it and will be glad when they kick me off completely. I’ll probably use old.Reddit from time to time but I won’t be on my phone looking at Reddit all day.

[–]LordTopley 599 points 19 hours ago

Same here.

While I know I'll view it occasionally as so many of my Google questions end up as an answer on Reddit, I shall be doing that logged out and with an ad blocker on.

I will provide nothing to Reddit other than an occasional viewer that provides 0 revenue.

[–]stupid-donkey 96 points 19 hours ago

Yeah, if /u/iamthatis had been given a reasonable cost and passed it on to users, I would have paid and Reddit would have got some money out of me. Now I’m only going to look at it on the desktop with ad blockers running when I want to look something up.

[–]LordTopley 37 points 18 hours ago


I would have been happy to pay for Reddit Premium to be able to continue using 3rd party apps and tools.

[–][deleted] 1343 points 20 hours ago

BRB, deleting my Reddit account(s)

[–]stoplookingusernames 470 points 19 hours ago

fuck reddit!!!

im not gonna see my pets in my apollo app

[–]theFavbot 95 points 19 hours ago

Just downloaded the Pixel Pets standalone app

[–]lawofficeofbobloblaw 36 points 18 hours ago*

i’m devastated I will lose my Hugo boi

Edit: omg just realizing Christian developed a pixel pet app because of course he did! So many emotions!

[–]Kdegeek 601 points 19 hours ago*

Welp. I guess I will no longer be using Reddit. My cakeday is October 31st, 2012, so heading towards 11 years.

June 30th will be my last sign in if this goes through.

I love this site, and the community on it, but I cannot support Reddit leadership on this. u/spez , the way you and the rest of Reddit's leadership team have handled this has been incredibly cruel, stupid, and tone deaf.

If this is how you want Reddit to be run, then you don't want me.

*edit to add: I also signed up for the PixelPals subscription. Not really my thing, but Christian has it turned off for me to up my Apollo sub to a year (so I could refuse the refund Lol).
I know this is gonna be a lot of money out of his pocket, for something that wasn't his fault. If you like the idea of pixellated pets, or want to help a bit in offsetting his sudden $250k out of pocket bill, please consider downloading and subscribing :)

[–]arthurcarver 2719 points 20 hours ago

Fucking greedy basts. Well, I’m sure I speak for everyone using this insanely amazing app, my absolute favourite by a long long shot, but thank you so much Christian. Big ups, man.

[–]hariharan_mifsud 518 points 20 hours ago

It seems the intention since the beginning is following Twitter's move to kill third-party app and redirect all traffic to themselves and monetize user's data.

[–]bodnast 336 points 19 hours ago

Yep the 3rd party apps are first. Then will come next. It's like they want us to use Reddit less

[–]jlusedude 223 points 19 hours ago

It will succeed. I’m not going to use Reddit after this. I don’t have other social media and don’t need this.

[–]SethRavenheart 5686 points 20 hours ago

Heartbreaking bye reddit

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    [–]sumgye 111 points 19 hours ago

    It is so sad. What Reddit has done is inexcusable. I only wish I could code and make my own Apollo using my own API key.

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      [–]Nick4753 2154 points 19 hours ago*

      To make it even worse, they lied about someone who, even if they lowered the price, would've been one of their single most significant sources of revenue as a company.

      Either they're enormously unprofessional and don't know how to run a business, or they had no interest in keeping 3rd party apps alive. Or, most likely, both.

      There are many reasons to leave after all of this, being malicious to the creator of one of their biggest apps is just one of the more painful ones.

      [–]bodnast 739 points 19 hours ago

      they had no interest in keeping 3rd party apps alive.

      I imagine they were never really negotiating in good faith. This rate increase was their way of saying "gtfo"

      [–]sigtrap 122 points 19 hours ago

      Absolutely. They didn’t want to outright say they’re killing 3rd party apps so they just priced them out of business.

      [–]LunaMunaLagoona 40 points 15 hours ago

      Reddit is just another evil corporation. They're trying to go public, so expect all the normal evil to start

      [–]kilobitch 347 points 19 hours ago

      They don’t want 3rd party apps. They want to funnel users through their app to collect and sell their data and to show them ads.

      [–]Anzai 42 points 18 hours ago

      Given that, you’d think they’d maybe make an effort to not have an app that is such hot garbage. I didn’t even know there were 3rd part apps at first, I only went searching after the official app was just not fit for purpose.

      Why do so many massive companies struggle to do what a lone app developer seems to be able to do?

      [–]azermanus 1183 points 19 hours ago*

      Yeah I’m done.

      Mods, if you actually give a shit about this and want to affect effect change, don’t do a two-day blackout - shut your subreddits the fuck down. Make Reddit come to the table.

      This isn’t just Apollo. This isn’t just about third party apps. This is the beginning of the end of Reddit being anything resembling what brought us all here in the first place.

      Reddit’s execs are ready to hack this thing to hell in an attempt to make it a "desirable" product to sell. Maybe we make that hard since WE are the fucking product.

      [–]soaringSpriggan 191 points 19 hours ago*

      Well, that does it. I’ll be deleting all my reddit content on each account and then deleting each account so that I leave nothing behind on the site. I recommend each 3rd party app user do the same. Fuck Reddit, it’s time to move on to something else and maybe overall spend less time looking at screens. I suppose this will be my last comment. I’ll leave my content up until the Apollo blackout. One last edit: here is how you can delete your content:

      Thanks for everything Christian. As a fellow software developer, I can only imagine how shitty this is for you. If there’s somewhere like Mastodon that I can follow your future work, please link me to it. I am interested to see what you get up to in the future.

      One final edit (this time fr). I’ll be on instead for my Reddit fix. The fediverse is the future. I hope to see everyone here somewhere there.

      [–]Yorktown2016 527 points 19 hours ago

      /u/spez you sound like a complete asshole and I will leave Reddit after the shutdown date.


      [–]7plysMaple 168 points 20 hours ago

      Thanks for the great UX and your dedication. I guess I’ll start reading books instead of mindless scrolling.

      [–]shlem90 1283 points 20 hours ago

      I left Twitter when they killed Third Party Apps like Tweetbot. I will do the same here.

      Thanks for making a great App and making this site user friendly more than Reddit ever could.

      [–]jack0rias 1273 points 19 hours ago

      Fuck /u/spez and Reddit in general.

      They're insane if they think their plan is going to work out.

      Furthermore, fuck /u/spez even more.

      [–]doctor_who_17 166 points 19 hours ago

      Fuck /u/spez

      Didn’t think it was possible to be an even bigger cunt

      [–]cocoiadrop_ 3593 points 20 hours ago

      "I don't use the app, so I'll give you the best answer I can -- he does scraping so that he can deliver notifications faster, but has done NO EFFORT to be a good citizen of the internet."

      spez joins the r/LeopardsAteMyFace alumni.

      [–]Runelite_HD 1402 points 19 hours ago*

      LMAO spez

      You’re telling me the guy in this interview isn’t a good citizen of the Internet?

      Think your fedora is on too tight m8.

      [–]geraldisking 409 points 18 hours ago*

      Remember the article where Spez fantasized about a future dystopian world where he would be one of the leaders? Guys a nut job.

      Edit Here’s the article for those asking.

      Edit edit: the part that matters from a very very long but good read. TLDR:

      Huffman has calculated that, in the event of a disaster, he would seek out some form of community: "Being around other people is a good thing. I also have this somewhat egotistical view that I’m a pretty good leader. I will probably be in charge, or at least not a slave, when push comes to shove."

      [–]AhmCha 166 points 17 hours ago

      Lol he’d drink bad water and shit himself dead within days

      [–]geraldisking 64 points 17 hours ago

      I guess he fancies himself as a survivalist and someone people would follow. It’s probably some of the most neckbeard shit I’ve ever read.

      [–]present_absence 61 points 19 hours ago

      Being a bad citizen of the internet means using the api normally I guess lol

      [–]aishik-10x 52 points 16 hours ago

      Steve Huffman is NOBODY who should be talking about being a good citizen of the Internet.

      This is the same fucker who secretly edited other people’s comments which criticized him.

      Nobody even knew that was possible before this. The CEO of Reddit, being a prime loser and powertripper.

      [–]GBLoveSZN 2204 points 19 hours ago

      /u/spez is an absolute piece of shit. Hope there are bad things coming his way. Do your job, karma.

      [–]GoatboyTheShampooer 1227 points 19 hours ago*

      u/spez needs to resign. He continually fucks up over and over; and now this.


      Annnd he's shitting himself:

      [–]PinStacker 591 points 19 hours ago

      Dude was caught changing messages and survived. Hence people recognizing this place is a time-waste cesspool. I am glad it's going to blow up in their faces trying to monetize it.

      [–]MATHIL_IS_MY_DADDY 133 points 18 hours ago

      lmao i remember that t_d fiasco was crazy. admin fiddling with messages was a wtf moment for me

      [–]CheckOutMyPokemans 94 points 18 hours ago

      Lmao doesn't even give a time for the AMA. Amazing stuff.

      [–]390TrainsOfficial 97 points 18 hours ago

      It'll be during the period when Reddit has fewer visitors and the admins will be censoring the hell out of it because how dare the precious u/spez face the reality: he's made a terrible decision, destroyed one of the most popular third-party Reddit clients and caused a planned temporary shutdown of a massive number of subreddits (with several more subreddits closing permanently).

      [–]nevertrustamod 43 points 17 hours ago

      All the AMA will be is an announcement how reddit is actually in the right, and how any subs that participate in the protest will be purged of mods and replaced.

      [–]ApostatePipe 43 points 18 hours ago

      Oh man, that AMA is gonna be an awesome shit show

      [–]SquadPoopy 54 points 17 hours ago*

      r/AMAdisasters greatest day. It’s gonna become a holiday for that sub.

      EA is gonna finally lose the most downvoted comment award. Sad cause that comment is iconic in internet lore.

      [–]tao_jones 439 points 20 hours ago

      Just tweeted this to you, but I’ll say it again here: Apollo was truly one of the greatest apps ever made for iOS. Unparalleled in quality. I will be so incredibly sorry to see it go. That spot on my main Home Screen will be hard to fill. Thank you for everything!

      [–]RSD94 10.1k points 20 hours ago*62& 8 more

      fuck reddit and fuck /u/spez

      thank you for everything Christian & co. <3

      edit: thank you for the awards, but please consider sending that money to Christian & other affected developers as a thank you for their hard work rather than reddit's soulless pockets. shoutout to r/ModCoord & r/RedditAlternatives

      [–]anchoricex 1391 points 19 hours ago

      I’m absolutely tilted at that call recording. Honestly what a total dickhead. Hyped Christian got them receipts.

      [–]WalkingCloud 812 points 18 hours ago*

      I was already pissed off about this, but /u/spez bold-faced lying on a call to moderators to try and spin things in Reddit's favour is absolutely disgraceful. Thankfully there is a recording because they were obviously banking on a he-said/she said situation.

      It's not a good look for a company that wants to charge developers millions of dollars per month for access. Would you trust a company with a CEO like that to send millions to? I sure as shit wouldn't.

      Honestly should be hounded about this on every announcement post he ever does.

      Edit: Holy shit they're doing an AMA lmao

      [–]urStupidAndIHateYou 86 points 17 hours ago

      Somehow I bet Victoria Taylor gets fired again over this.

      Yes, spez, we remember this shit even when you sweep it under the rug. You run a massive ONLINE platform, you think you'd understand object permanence at this point.

      [–]Thosepassionfruits 249 points 17 hours ago

      That AMA may very well break EA’s record for most downvoted post in the history of Reddit.

      [–]Stig27 133 points 17 hours ago*

      That was -167k, I'd love to see it break -200k

      Edit: it was 667k, let's go for a million then!

      [–]Kami_no_mikoto 121 points 17 hours ago*

      -167k? its more like -668k

      /u/spez, you are gonna make history tomorrow again... in a VERY bad way.

      [–]mrm00r3 64 points 16 hours ago

      INB4 u/spez realizes this stands a good chance of getting him shitcanned.

      All they had to do was not be dickheads and goddamn if they didn’t fail hard at that.

      [–]Realtrain 50 points 17 hours ago

      Edit: Holy shit they're doing an AMA lmao

      Get ready for u/spez to start editing people's comments to be softball questions.

      [–]PC_Master-Race 113 points 17 hours ago

      Edit: Holy shit they're doing an AMA lmao

      oh my god I cannot wait. I REALLY hope more subs go dark for longer than 48hrs - and I'm sure this AMA will help that

      [–]ArnoldVonNuehm 3422 points 19 hours ago

      Hey u/spez

      care to comment on the topic, you lying piece of shit?

      [–][deleted] 19 hours ago*


        [–]I_PUNCH_INFANTS 1526 points 19 hours ago

        /u/spez cant hear you he is hiding in his doomsday bunker till this is over.

        [–]moonsun1987 911 points 18 hours ago


        I wonder if /u/spez is considering quietly editing all our comments to say

        we love /u/spez because that's what he would do

        just to be clear, fuck /u/spez

        [–]McRibs2024 348 points 19 hours ago

        Nah he will just edit the post and feel happy again.

        [–]correcthorsestapler 330 points 19 hours ago

        Yeah, u/spez, edit our comments. I fucking dare you.

        [–]DaveedDays 52 points 18 hours ago

        Dude could u/spez be any fucking stupider??? I remember when the whole comment edit debacle happened, I remember the Ellen Pao debacle, I remember them firing Victoria.

        Every time I don't think u/spez could stoop lower he does.

        Fuck you, Steve. From the bottom of my heart, as a decade+ user of this site, fuck you. Your greed is going to tank this site that I once truly loved and enjoyed.

        [–]ShinShinGogetsuko 443 points 19 hours ago

        Careful he might stealth edit your comment. He's known to do that.

        [–]darkshark21 41 points 18 hours ago

        Even worse, the comment is deleted already.

        fuck reddit and fuck 'CEO of Reddit here username reference here'

        thank you for everything Christian <3

        Hope I'm not next.

        [–]Chicho_Procer 601 points 19 hours ago

        He disabled pinging his username because he's a bitch who can't handle the slightest criticism.

        Still FUCK Steve Huffman.

        [–]MarijuanaFanatic420 100 points 18 hours ago

        I guarantee you he's read this. There's no way "major app developer burns all bridges and personally calls out CEO of reddit" doesn't hit his desk.

        He's just not going to comment on it until the lawyers have a chance.

        [–]Chicho_Procer 65 points 18 hours ago


        Steve, if by any chance you stumble upon this comment: If you love Prepping so much then prepare a traffic cone with lube and stick it up your ass.

        [–]elkend 66 points 19 hours ago

        Every post we post on Reddit should now end with "fuck /u/spez" like a forum signature.

        fuck /u/spez

        [–]R0hanisaurusRex 761 points 19 hours ago

        I heard /u/spez is being questioned by the DOJ about his connection to Jeffery Epstein.

        [–]CrepeTheRealPancake 367 points 19 hours ago

        He'll probably just edit your comment like he's been known to do.

        [–]BovineJoniHimself69 298 points 19 hours ago

        i love /u/spez and He is thE best and he's totalLy not Pointing a gun at me now

        [–]Teknoeh 55 points 19 hours ago*

        I heard /u/spez is and will always continue to be a gigantic piece of shit who’s entire legacy will be running Reddit into the ground.

        Year after year, one bad business decision after another. Just another Elon except Spez hasn’t done anything even remotely useful for the planet.

        [–]Hmesce42 893 points 20 hours ago

        looks like u/spez is taking this personal! will be my last weekend using the website.

        [–]vxx 51 points 18 hours ago*

        He's lying if he thinks it might help him. He has done it to me before. Even sworn.

        He's the type that would fake crying to dodge tough questions.

        He's unfit to lead a company and if reddit tries to survive he needs to step down in my humble opinion. I doubt he's been acting in the best interest of the company at any point as a CEO.

        [–]Kirihuna 135 points 19 hours ago

        I refuse to refund.

        You can keep my money and Reddit can lose my money.

        I'll find a new platform for sports, porn, programming and other subjects.

        Thank you for your hard work over these years. Your app has helped me in many areas of my life, from mental health (being able to access subreddits for it without having to use old.reddit on Safari or using the shitty App), to changing careers and everything in between. And wasting a shit load of my time that I could be productive lol.

        I hope you find peace in the next step of your journey.

        [–]coolaaron88 131 points 20 hours ago

        Wow the fucking End of an era. Never thought it would do down like this but thank you for being as transparent as you've been through all of this, I know it’s been a back-and-forth battle trying to fight the good fight but I understand that you can only do so much. thank you Christian for everything, you’ve been an amazing developer.

        [–]Car333 1593 points 20 hours ago

        Very sorry to hear this. I guess that means my Reddit consumption will go to 0 now ¯_(ツ)_/¯

        [–]bodnast 415 points 19 hours ago

        Yeah my mobile reddit consumption will be zero, just like when Twitter killed tweetbot. Once they kill, I'll be done with reddit on desktop. So frustrating

        [–]pouwerkerk 123 points 20 hours ago