Feature small, quality streamers
On the frontpage, feature 1 small, quality streamer, next to the top streamers. Newcomers and hidden gems could be featured there to give them some more exposure. Obviously it has to be a quality stream so they could/should be picked by the twitch staff.
I definitely agree with Ravynia about having a Featured Affiliates section where maybe 10-15 affiliated people are shown every 6 to 12 hours.
However, I also think there needs to be something for streamers who aren't affiliated yet, too. Many of them put so much into their streams as well, so seeing a little 5 person category for them would be nice.
Including under-populated games/sections would need to be implemented with this, though.
For a platform claiming to be about community, only ever seeing the 1% spotlighted for BHM, Pride Month, etc or featured as the PogChamp of the day is very discouraging to us small streamers who feel like we're purely an afterthought to Twitch as a whole because we don't have hundreds of people watching.
I think this is a great idea. It would be easy enough to call it 'Featured Affiliate', and just feature someone every 12 hours or so. Or have a 'Featured Affiliate' section that highlights a group of affiliates that Twitch feels are putting out great content.
Twitch needs a system set in place that allows more discoverability for small streamers like YouTube has.
Make a community for small streamers but only after they stream for a certain amount of time because it would not be fair to be putting hours into streaming and have other small streamers who just started get put in front of the ones putting the time in, if you get what I mean? Otherwise I feel it would not be that fair.
Small channels with few followers and few views should be recommended in the "Recommended" section of Twitch, in order to make those channels grow in their statistics to support the minority that has few views; this with certain requirements, such as those described to reach the affiliate or partner, this because not all channels will want to grow, and to have more control over this suggestion and its possible implementation. Users will be notified by email that they have been chosen for a "Referral Program", which they only have to accept in order for their channel to be widely recommended, as long as the user does not accept their entry to the program, the channel will not be recommended.
it will make a lot of things easy
It is much easier for channels to grow on YouTube so make it easier like that. For example, the more audience retention per viewer a small stream has, then it probably means that it is a quality stream, so promote it more. That is just an idea for a small streamer tool that could be used for them to grow faster.
Average concurrent viewers for Partner is 75, I think anything above that isn't "low viewer count" as that's a decent amount of people in your chat seemingly chatting and interacting with you as a streamer. If it were 5-75, and cycles out every 10-30mins and hits low viewer categories vs saturated categories like IRL, or popular games it'd make it a lot better.
As it stands I hardly visit the frontpage because there's nothing there that interests me or streamers I already follow are being featured. I would like something new in rotation so I can get a glimpse of a different set of streamers and decide if I want to go to their channel or not.
I think this is a good starting ground and a way to give new streamers a chance to prove themselves.
Quality can be a tricky thing to define, but some algorithms can help bring new and small streamers to the forefront. The left hand panel is under utilized in this regards. Moving the "followed" links to its own tab would free up space to provide links for both top, medium, and small streamers.
the panel easily supports 10 links, perhaps the first 4 for top tiers, 3 for mid tiers, and 3 for the small guys (the 50+ followers group) . This would allow a greater diversity of streamers; and content and go a long way to prevent the slow downward slide of popularity contests.
P.S.: The sub 50 group can still be left to fend for themselves as the "proving ground" to filter for the above mentioned quality
P.P.S.: I strongly suggest people up vote this suggestion:
"Change front page model to Genre > Game Genre > Game > Streamers"
I think this will go a long way to not only improve the front page but to allow smaller streamers more chance to be seen.
I agree as well. Platforms that focus on popularity well eventually concentrate that focus on a small group of overwhelmingly popular people.
This sows the demise of the whole system as people get bored of the top tier and without new, fresh up and coming personalities to replace them, they leave for more interesting venues (Youtube is struggling with this right now)
A suggestion put forward that would go a very long way to distribute popularity and give new comers more opportunity is changing the front page to categorize by genre and sub genre before breaking down into individual streamers.
I strongly suggest people up vote this suggestion:
"Change front page model to Genre > Game Genre > Game > Streamers"
to draw attention to this; not my suggestion btw, but I think worth a big improvement
Strange - I commented on this back in 2016. Mixer basically got given the same idea in 2018 and they initiated it almost straight away, with 110% community support. It's giving them a weekly chance to be front page featured and whilst some will never use that opportunity, many new streamers have been given the chance to shine and brightly have shown the way for others. Time to keep up Twitch.... your failing behind now.
In my opinion, Small channels should be able to be seen abit more easily. when i want to check out new high quality streamers with a low view count that are stuck down the list im having a hard time because you need to scroll endlessly until you find them. I am sure they would appreciate being able to be seen better
my biggest problem with this would be, you could get some really bad/offensive and low quality streams, its much better that it is for partnered streamers, it gives you incentive to get partnered and helps partnered streamers continue to grow, they put in their hard work and were recognized as good enough quality to become a partner.
HOWEVER, they seem to only really show high view count people on the featured channel and the partnered streamers that have low view's have no chance at all to get on the featured list, you made them a partner... why exclude them? the streamers with low views that do get featured just seem to be favorites of a staff/admin
Sekkuar 666 commented
Would be great but never gonna happen.
They need to keep those spots for someone who will give them money and not just leech their expensive bandwidth.
Daniel Vojnic Tunic commented
It would be enough to make a form where you can apply for this feature
Ryan McCann commented
I like this idea, but how would Twitch make money off of this idea?
As a further to this idea, an option to view the list based on LOWEST view count (and maybe even hide streamers from the list)