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 other users 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 others 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 broadcaster 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 broadcasters 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.
How will I be notified of reactions to posts?
While on the website, users will receive notifications in the Navigation Toolbar in the top-right portion of the screen. There will also be email digests of this interaction activity. These notifications will be grouped in batches, as to not overwhelm users with too many notifications.
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 link back to the full post on your channel.
Any Twitch user who is following at least one post creator will have access to Pulse.
When posting on the web, you will be able to post via your Broadcaster Dashboard, the Channel Feed beneath the video player on your channel, or beneath the carousel on the front page:
Create your post, which can include links, videos (Vimeo, YouTube, & Twitch), images, & GIFs (Imgur & Gfycat) along with any comments (which can now support non-English characters) and hit Post
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:
Navigate to the Channel & Videos tab of your Settings page and then scroll down to Activity Feed
Choose to enable or disable all comments on Channel Feed posts, which hides all current comments and prevents new comments when disabled.
Choose who can comment on your Channel Feed posts by limiting access to friends, followers, and subscribers (if applicable) only. All comments for Followers, Subscribers, and Friends are enabled by default. Comments can be made on both browser and mobile app versions.
HELPFUL HINT If AutoMod is enabled for Chat, it will also be enabled to comments on posts. Moderators can allow or deny comments that AutoMod surfaces.
You can also share content from the feeds of others, which will sohw on your Pulse feed! By clicking on the reshare button on the bottom right corner below the post, the post will appear on the Pulse feeds of your friends and followers in addition to your Channel Feed.
You can change these settings at any time. As a confirmation that the post was reshared, the button changes from purple to green. On Pulse feeds of your friends & followers, your username appears at the top of the reshared post to provide context. When the reshared post appears in Pulse, users can follow the original poster.
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.