This article explains the purpose and features of Pulse as a new place to connect and engage, as well as how to use it and other frequently asked questions.
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What is Pulse?
Pulse is a tool for broadcasters to interact with their followers in new and meaningful ways. It is a single place on Twitch where broadcasters can post content to all of their audience and viewers can engage with their great content on the go. Using text, videos, images, and links to connect with their audience, broadcasters can grow their audience and engage with their followers even when they are not broadcasting.
How is this different from Channel Feed? Channel Feed and Pulse are different ways of sorting posts. The Channel Feed which is located on the Channel Page, only shows content that the broadcasters has posted. Pulse, however, is an always-on aggregation of posts that are created by everyone who you are Friends with or Follow, and the consolidated view of these posts will now be found on your homepage. The Channel Feed feature will continue to be developed in parallel to Pulse and all new Pulse features will become available in Channel Feed.
What types of posts should streamers share?
Every broadcaster on Twitch is unique and will need to determine what type of content works best for their community. Based on initial qualitative and quantitative data, here are our recommendations:
Video works: Whether it is a clip or VOD, share highlights from your broadcast with followers who missed the show or just want to re-live the moment.
Functional posts: Weekly schedules and updates are always informative and help keep followers up to date.
Drive engagement: Contests, polls, memes, GIFs and more are some of the ways to keep your followers engaged when you are not live.
At launch, hashtags, @ mentions, and other features associated with other social networks will not be included. Please ensure that your posts on Pulse reflect functionality that Twitch supports.
Reactions to posts are also subject to moderation. In addition to Twitch moderation, the broadcaster, channel moderators and editors can delete comments or timeout, and report users for inappropriate responses. Broadcasters can limit who can comment on posts via their settings page.
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.
To get started with Pulse for either viewing or creating Posts, select Pulse Beta in the left navigation menu.
Here you have a scrollable feed of posts from users you follow or are friends with, which you can interact with. Embedded media items (gifs and video content) are also supported in the mobile view.
To post, tap in the “Post a status update…” bar at the top, and a new screen will appear. Create your post which can include links, videos (from various social platforms), images, & GIFs along with any comments (which can now support non-English characters) and hit Post.
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.
To report a post for inappropriate content, first tap the post and then choose the triangle alert symbol in the top-right. Select the reason that best fits the violation, and tap Report Post.
A: Not at launch. However, that is a planned feature for the future.
Q: Are non-English characters supported?
Q: What if I have no friends and do not follow anyone?
A: At launch, Pulse will only release to users who are following at least one content-creating broadcaster. So users who do not follow at least one post creator will not see the feature, but in the future, they may see recommendations on users to follow or friend instead.
Q: What does the future of Pulse look like?
A: We plan to continue to develop the Pulse product to increase the value proposition for our broadcaster and viewers. Over the next couple of months we plan to release better Pulse centered communication tools, new content types, and better tools for our creators to create content with.