Twitch goes social, announces new friends feature


Although Twitch is great website known for video game live-streaming, it lacked social features until recently. The company has announced a new Friends feature called ‘Friends List, this feature lets users connect and add friends on the site via their profile page. Also in addition to that, you’ll be able to see when friends are online and chat via private messages called ‘Whispers’ also users will be able to add up to 500 friends.

Twitch is about to become much more friendly… with the introduction of Friends List! Friends List lets you connect to Friends, see who’s online, and whisper them with just one click!


Twitch announced the new feature on Friday, and is rolling out the feature in beta. Those present at the PAX East event in Boston this weekend were able to sign up for the early trial by visiting the Twitch booth (#9044). It is important to note that signups to the beta are only available at Twitch’s booth at PAX East come 23rd of April, those that were not in attendance might miss out on this, unless the initial testers begin adding other users as Friends, who will then in turn be invited to join the beta as well. In essence, for those that didn’t get an invite, cheer up, you can also receive an invite to the beta when someone sends you a friend request.

“Soon we will be sending out the first round of invites for the Friends List Beta. Once you’re in, you’ll have your very own Friends List and be able to send Friend requests to other Twitch users that will double as invitations to the Beta.”

Rather than just serving broadcasts to viewers, this new feature will better enable like-minded folks to meet and connect with one another.

When was launched in 2007 by Justin Kan and Emmett Shear, the site was divided into several content categories. The gaming category grew especially fast, and became the most popular content on the site. In June 2011, the company decided to spin off the gaming content as Twitch.TV, inspired by the term twitch gameplay. Today, Twitch is a live streaming video platform owned by Twitch Interactive, a subsidiary of Inc. Introduced in June 2011 as a spin-off of the general-interest streaming platform, the site primarily focuses on video gaming, including playthroughs of video games, broadcasts of esports competitions, and more recently, creative content. Content on the site can either be viewed live, or viewed via Video on demand.

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