Twitch Has Basically Made 'Twitter For Gamers'

By Holly Brockwell on at

We've all dreamed of a world where that one particular breed of angry, irritating gamer ragequit Twitter and went off to form their own bitter community, steeped in the comforting beliefs of Gamergate, RedPill and "no seriously it's harder to put women in games because of their hair. Boob physics though, we've got that down." Now, thanks to Twitch, it may actually be happening.

Pulse is Twitch's new Twitter-esque social network, described in an official blog post as:

A place where streamers can post and engage with all of their followers and the greater Twitch community right from the Twitch front page. It's an always-on way to share clips, stream highlights, schedules, photos, and more so followers are more informed, engaged, and connected.

For streamers, the posts you create on your Channel Feed will also appear on Pulse on the front page to all of your friends & followers. This will allow you to not only interact with followers and viewers you regularly engage with, but also with those who might not visit your channel page as frequently. Channel Feed will be auto-enabled for all streamers in mid-March.

And it looks like the lovechild of Twitter and Facebook:

We doubt the existing social networks will be upset, though. The gaming community can be really toxic at times, but as ever it's just a small and very noisy minority that gives everyone else a bad name. If those people gravitate to the new platform – sadly not called Twitcher – then the self-isolating effect might make videogame conversations on other platforms more pleasant and constructive. You can't be offended by 4Chan if you don't go on 4Chan, after all.

The new network is perhaps a clue that Twitter has missed a trick (again) – maybe they should have adopted Reddit's model of having smaller sub-communities themed around popular topics. Mind you, what would you call them? 'Subtweets' is taken. [Betanews]