Surprisingly, LinkedIn has introduced Stories before Twitch, a completely unexpected move. It has been almost eight years since Instagram copied the feature from Snapchat, and now Twitch has announced on Saturday that its users will soon have the ability to record Stories. This rollout is scheduled for later this year, specifically in October. Once implemented, Stories will be accessible on the Following page of the Twitch mobile app, and they will be subject to Twitch’s Community Guidelines and automated safety systems. Creators also have the option to limit the visibility of their Stories to their followers only.
Stories is just one of the many exciting features Twitch unveiled on Saturday. In the near future, the company intends to introduce a new Discovery Feed, which aims to facilitate audience growth for creators, even when they are not streaming. Similar to Stories, the Discovery Feed will be available on the company’s mobile app and will encompass both live and recorded content.
According to Twitch, “Because Twitch is all about live, interactive channels, it’s not our goal for viewers to spend hours in a Clips feed.” They believe that investing in Clips will help viewers discover channels, encouraging them to join and participate in communities during live streaming. Before introducing the Discovery Feed to the wider Twitch user base later this year, Twitch plans to conduct limited testing. The company is also working on improving its built-in clip editor, which will soon enable creators to directly export vertical videos to TikTok.
Furthermore, Twitch announced that creators will now have more control over the timing of ad breaks during their streams. A chat countdown timer will inform viewers exactly when an ad will play, and streamers can delay the advertisement if it might disrupt an exciting moment or a conversation with their community. This feature comes after Twitch recently reconsidered a proposed ad policy that would have imposed restrictions on the inclusion of branded content in creators’ streams.
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