"Coworking and Study" Category
Last year, you all implemented a "coworking" tag for WFH, study, and remote working streams.
All of us in the coworking community really appreciated the tag! It helped users and viewers find streamers to study alongside, especially in a time when everyone was working from home. Even now, a year and a half out from the tag introduction, many users are still working from home, looking for coworking streams to pass the time and find company in.
Unfortunately, the addition of custom tags—while innovative and helpful for many streamers generally—has presented a problem for the coworking community. It's no longer easy for coworking streamers to use their designated tag to aid discoverability.
There are, after all, SO MANY iterations of "coworking" that could be used: "coworking," "co working," "study," "WFH," "costudy," "working," "studying," working...." and the list goes on.
This lack of clarity has effectively nullified the benefits that the designated "coworking" tag gave us back in early 2021, muddying the waters and hampering discoverability for coworking streamers.
ALL THAT SAID, now that custom tags have been introduced and the discoverability environment has changed for us, it would be incredible to get a designated "Coworking and Studying" category for coworking streamers to live in. Not only would it help viewers find us, it would also help us discover other new coworking streamers much easier—especially when not many know how to use the tag system efficiently.
Thanks so much for considering!
It seems people do have many questions in terms of "Why not use the game as a category". While it is a workaround that accommodates the Twitch eco-system it MIGHT, and I emphasize might, as I have no deep knowledge of how the Twitch algorithm for searchability and visibility inherently works. But I do know algorithms in general, and splitting content into two different places will only weaken the general visibility of both "categories". Also, note that Twitch or other companies might be unable to tell you exactly how their algorithm works in many cases, so just getting a "recipe" to beat the algorithm isn't really easy.
So while it might not harm you directly by using this "game" as a category, it might have repercussions further down the line as a ripple effect. I am not saying that one or the other is the "correct" thing, though I would be as bold to say that coworking is not a game. And if it's used the Twitch algorithm might think that this coworking game is quite popular, but again, not visible to the people who are not looking for content in the gaming category.
But back to the topic, Twitch introduced specific categories for different types of content to help streamers categorize their streams more accurately and for viewers to find the content they're interested in more efficiently. A dedicated "Coworking" category would imply that Twitch recognizes coworking as a distinct type of content. Streams under this category are likely focused on creating a virtual workspace where viewers can watch and possibly work alongside the streamer, fostering a sense of productivity and community among remote workers, freelancers, or anyone looking for a virtual office environment.
To just sum it up. The main difference lies in visibility and searchability. A dedicated "Coworking" category directly targets viewers interested in that kind of content, making it easier for them to find streams that match their interests. Using a game name for coworking content is a workaround that might not accurately represent the stream's content, potentially leading to a mismatch in audience expectations and making it harder for the right viewers to find your stream or even at all.
Has anyone been using the "Coworking" category? It is technically a game but could be used similarly to how the "I'm Only Sleeping" category gets used.
We need a study category on Twitch!
It is often difficult to find new study channels because of this.
This category is very necessary. There are many of us who use Twitch to study.
I started leading my own Coworking stream around a month ago now, and it has already grown so much, and been one of the best things I've done.
I'm now looking to connect with other Coworking streamers, and this would be much easier if it had it's own category.
Coworking is also already a rich and quickly growing community of great people, who all deserve their own category to connect in :)
I hope Twitch makes this small change!
As a student, it's nice to be able to do schoolwork while hanging out with/ chat. a coworking/study category would help
This would be amazing because “Just Chatting” does not encapsulate Co-Working streams and some of us don’t be chatty during Co-Working streams anyways ~ Give us a co-working category please please please! ;—;
As a neurodivergent creator, co-working streams have provided sorely needed structure and consistency for me, as I don’t have a consistent support system outside of it.
Making this an official category would broaden Twitch’s horizons to add accessibility to many of its backbone community. The body doubling is insanely helpful, help make it legit!
@TrainerRio It's not an official category, it's a game created in IGDB: https://www.igdb.com/games/coworking/
Just echoing what others have said in support. Almost every co-working stream I’ve found has either been through raids, recommendations from similar streamers, or messy inconsistent tagging. It would be so helpful for discovery if this was a dedicated category. Just Chatting feels inaccurate because most co-working or study streams only chat during breaks between pomodoros (which I like) and the purpose behind these streams is very intentional. The community already exists on Twitch as evidenced by the upvotes and comments on this — it’s just tricky to find currently. Thanks for considering the co-working communities for inclusion!
I believe Coworking became a category as of today. I saw the option earlier
I would really like if there was a category for this!
YES PLEASE I would use this weekly if we had it!!
This would be helpful for viewers and streamers alike! Especially when “Just Chatting” is such a wild card category.
I would love a Co-working category! I've started doing co-working streams and it felt so awkward being in Just Chatting when I am in actuality doing Pomodoros. Having a category would assist in helping with discoverability for a very niche category that has a growing demand.
Please I would love this!!
This would be so nice. Please
This is a great idea! Most of my time is spent in the co-working community! It would also help many looking for these types of spaces/communities.
Yessss this would be amazing!!!
Please make this an category, I support! I wonder how come Twitch still ignores this :/