If you are a gamer, Twitch is probably something you’ve heard of. The video streaming service owned by Amazon, allows users to stream their gameplay for other to watch and comment. The only thing missing from the platform was a way to share updates like Twitter or Facebook. That was until today when Twitch launched a new service called Pulse.
What Is Pulse?
The service looks very similar to Twitter and basically allows you to see all the posts your favorite steamers add to their Channel Feeds, thus converting it into the place to be for all your Twitch related news. Apart from that, streamers can also post links, photos, videos, stream clips, and schedules. Apart from that, you can also share link from services including Vimeo, YouTube, Twitch, Imgur and Gfycat. These will be live on Twitch’s mobile as well.
Twitch’s private chat system “Whispers” was launched back in 2015 and was considered the stepping stone to make the video streaming platform more social. Since then, they’ve also added the Channel Feed feature, and also a friend system.
In a bid to encourage engagement, any post via Pulse will appear to a user’s followers as well as their friends on the home page itself. In addition, broadcasters can create posts for Pulse via the broadcaster dashboard or from the channel feed.
Before Pulse, viewers on Twitch would have to be on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook or even Discord in order to see the latest updates from their favorite streamers in-between streams. With Pulse, Twitch users have access to a one-stop place to be updated and engaged.
Pulse will begin rolling out for all users currently logged in. You can also find the news feed on the front page of the site.
The feature is still in beta and there maybe a few bugs to iron out. If you encounter any issues, you can always leave your feedback for Twitch so they can fix it.