Earlier on Amazon’s game streaming service Twitch teased a new Friends feature called ‘Friends List, this feature would enable users to search for, add and view friends on the site via their profile page and also chat via private messages called ‘Whispers’ when they are online. The company has now launched into beta, and has sent out beta invitations. Thanks to the beta users can now add friends by sending requests, which is also another way of gaining access to a beta invite. The procedure is simple, to locate friends use the new search bar on the left, to search and add them, when the friend request is accepted, you will be able to see when they’re online and send them a “whisper”. Also you get a list of recommended friends based on those you’ve interacted with in the past within the site, users can add up to 500 friends.
These additions, added more to the company’s social networking features that could even match up to top apps such as Messenger, WhatsApp and Snapchat.
When Justin.tv 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 Amazon.com Inc. Introduced in June 2011 as a spin-off of the general-interest streaming platform Justin.tv, 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.