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How to use Pulse

Last Updated: Jul 10, 2017 09:32AM PDT
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.

How to Use Pulse

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 provides personalized recommendations of live streams, clips, and VODs from new and followed broadcasters based on your viewing history and who you follow. In addition, Pulse also allows broadcasters to share their updates and content, using text, videos, images, and links, to their friends and followers. Pulse is available on web and mobile.

As a broadcaster, what content will appear as recommended content in Pulse?

Recommended content to relevant existing and new followers includes live broadcasts, VODs and clips. We are also working to integrate additional types of Twitch content into Pulse. On each recommendation, the broadcasters name, title of your video and game will be displayed. If you are a broadcaster, this is often your introduction to new viewers, please ensure that your title describes your content in an accurate and compelling way, including what the content is about and/or your unique personality.

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, on the homepage contains recommended content from new and followed streamers as well as posts that are created by broadcasters you follow.

How can I interact with content on Pulse?

Posts created by broadcasters you follow can be commented on (depending on the broadcasters’ post settings), reshared and reacted to with emoticons. Recommended content can be reacted to with emoticons.

What types of posts should broadcasters share?

Sharing content with followers is a great way of engaging with the community. We strongly encourage broadcasters to share clips and VODs. 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.
  • Networking: Share content of other broadcasters you support in the form of a live broadcast, VOD or clip embed in a Pulse post! You can also reshare posts.

HELPFUL HINT

Hashtags and @ mentions, are currently not supported. Please ensure that your posts on Pulse reflect functionality that Twitch supports.

 

As a broadcaster, how will I be notified of reactions to posts?

While on the website, broadcasters 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 to not overwhelm broadcasters with too many notifications.

A few things to remember:

 

  • 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.
  • 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.

 

How to use Pulse on the Web

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).

Twitch links to VODs and clips will feature an interactive embedded player that can be used to view the linked content.

In Pulse we will recommend live broadcasters based on who you follow and your viewing history. Viewers are able to watch live streams right on Pulse.

You will also receive recommended VODs and clips based on your viewing history and the broadcasters you follow. If you are a broadcaster, you can also share VODs and clips with your friends and followers by creating a post from your dashboard and adding a link from Twitch, YouTube, or Vimeo.

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.

How to Reshare Content

You can also share content from the feeds of others, which will show 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.

How to use Pulse on Mobile

To get started with Pulse for either viewing or creating Posts, select Pulse in the middle of the bottom navigation.

Here you have a scrollable feed of recommended content (live streams, VODs, and clips) as well as posts created by broadcasters you follow, which you can interact with. Embedded media items (gifs and video content) are also supported in the mobile view.

Any post in your Pulse feed can be reacted to with an emoticon. Additionally any posts created by followed broadcasters can be commented on and reshared.

To post, tap in the “Post an update…” bar at the top, and a new screen will appear. Create your post which can include links, videos (from various social platforms, including Twitch), 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.

How to report inappropiate content

How to report on Web

Hover over the post until a gear icon appears in the top right. Select the gear, then choose report, selecting the corresponding reason from the dropdown and then clicking Report.

How to report on Mobile

To report a post for inappropriate content, first tap the post and then choose the flag symbol in the top-right. Select the reason that best fits the violation, and tap Report Post.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Can I embed/view live streams in a Pulse feed?
    • A: Yes, live video, VODs and clips can be viewed in on Pulse.
  • Q: Are non-English characters supported?
    • A: Yes.
  • Q: Who has Pulse?
    • A: All users can see Pulse on web and mobile.