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How to use Channel Feed

Last Updated: Dec 15, 2016 10:33AM PST

How to use the Channel Feed (Beta)

This article explains how to opt in to the Twitch Channel Feed beta program and how to use the feature.

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Channel Feed Beta is available for opt-in. Channel Feed is a new section on your channel page that lets you easily post and distribute content and news to your entire audience, all in one place.

Why are we introducing Channel Feed?
We know how important it is for broadcasters to communicate with their viewers, and Channel Feed will make it easier than ever. Your Channel Feed is a customizable space on your Channel Page where you can easily share important news, announcements, and anything else you think is relevant to your community. This keeps your channel page fresh with new content and communicates relevant information with all your viewers without cluttering your channel title or having a chatbot repeat the information. You can also use your Channel Feed to distribute updates through other social media.

Why does Channel Feed replace auto-generated go-live Tweets?
We’ve found the best way to support your channel with Twitter is posting high quality content. Now with Channel Feed that’s easier than ever. You can post a fully custom go-live Tweet right from your channel page.

The legacy auto-generated go-live Tweets simply aren’t great content. Our testing shows they have poor engagement compared to the new Channel Feed posts, meaning less of your Twitter followers actually end up tuning into your stream.

A few things to remember:
  • Channel Feed is still very much in Beta and we’d love to know what you think. Please send us any requests, thoughts, or bugs using our feedback survey for this feature.
  • All content in Channel Feed posts is subject to Twitch Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. All broadcasters are responsible for the content that appears in their posts.
  • Posting something longer than 140 characters and sharing to Twitter will result in a truncated message that, if clicked on Twitter, will simply link back to the full post on your channel.

How to Use on Web


On web, enabling your channel feed is easy:
  1. Simply head to your channel page, flip the Channel Feed beta switch to On:

     

  2. Create your post and hit Post
  3. To share your post simultaneously via your Channel Feed with Twitter, click Connect to Twitter (the tweet will also automatically link right back to your channel)

 


Made a mistake? You can delete your post anytime by clicking the cog in the top right of the post:
 

 


Users can add emoticon reactions and comments, which can also be reacted to with emoticons:
 

If you wish to curate who can comment on your feed, you can do so by following these steps:
  1. Navigate to the Channel & Videos tab of your Settings page and then scroll down to Activity Feed
  2. Choose to enable or disable all comments on Channel Feed posts, which hides all current comments and prevents new comments when disabled
  3. Choose who can comment on your Channel Feed posts by limiting access to friends only, subscribers only, or both friends and subscribers only:
     

     

How to Use on Mobile

  1. In the left menu bar, tap to your Twitch ID and flip the Channel Feed switch to On
     
  2. Write a post and hit Post
     
  3. In addition to syncing your post with twitter, on mobile you can also easily share to any app that supports sharing on iOS or Android (just tap the share icon and reach your community on any other platform)

Made a mistake? You can delete your post anytime by tapping on the post and then tapping the trash bin icon in the top right. You get an extra prompt just in case you touch the trash bin by accident. Tap yes to delete.