Watch Videos and Chat with New Friends on Twitch

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Find New Friends with Similar Interests on Twitch

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Find new friends who share similar interests on Twitch. Twitch

Do you like to connect with people who have the same interests as you? Do you like to make new friends online? Here’s a fun way to do so!

Twitch.tv is a live streaming video service which allows you to watch people broadcast live video and chat with others who are watching. Twitch was once known as being exclusively for people who play video games — players would broadcast themselves playing as others would watch and comment. Now, however, Twitch is used by creators of all types — from painters to jewelry makers to glass blowers and beyond — there is something for everyone on Twitch. Twitch is both a great way to watch experts and hobbyists practice their technique, as well as is a fun way to meet and interact with people who have the same interests as yourself. With over 100 million viewers worldwide who watch videos on the platform an average of an hour and forty-six minutes per day, there's plenty of opportunity to make new friends!

Twitch basically provides two ways to chat and interact:

  • If you have the expertise or are a hobbyist at creating something, you can broadcast yourself performing that activity. As people join your broadcast and start chatting with other viewers, you will be able to see the conversation and can chat with them just by talking to your mobile phone. People may even ask you questions about what you're doing in the broadcast. For details about how to broadcast a live stream, check out the Twitch help page here.
  • You can watch other people's broadcast and chat with viewers who are watching the same broadcast.

Twitch is a free service, however, you do have the option to support the people who broadcast videos through either donations — one-time payments — or subscriptions, if they accept them. If they do, you'll see buttons under their video broadcast which will allow you to contribute. You can also "Go Turbo" with your Twitch experience and pay $8.99 per month for special features and an ad-free experience. Payment is optional, however — there is plenty of fun and entertainment to be had for free on Twitch.

Twitch is owned by Amazon.com, who purchased Twitch in 2014 for $1.1 billion dollars.

Next: How to start chatting on Twitch

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How to Sign Up for a Twitch Account on a Computer

Sign Up for a Twitch Account
You'll need to sign up for an account in order to start chatting on Twitch. Twitch

While Twitch allows you to view broadcasts and observe chats without having an account, you must sign up and log in in order to perform certain functions, including participating in chats, following broadcasters that you like, and broadcasting videos yourself.

Here's how to start chatting on Twitch:

  • Make sure you are using a current version of the web browser that Twitch supports:
  • Open your web browser of choice and enter twitch.tv into the address bar (or click this link). Hit the return key to bring up the home page of Twitch. 
  • To set up an account, click the Sign Up link at the top right of the page. (If you already have an account, click Log In to enter your username and password if you're not already logged in.)
  • You’ll be prompted to establish a username, a password, to enter your birthdate, and your email address. Click the "Sign Up" button at the bottom of the screen. Alternately, you can also sign up using your Facebook screen name and password. 

Next: How to find new friends and start chatting on Twitch

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Find New Friends and Start Chatting on Twitch

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Watch videos and chat in real time with new friends on Twitch. Twitch

Twitch is home to over 2 million broadcasters who publish over eleven million videos each month. Because there are so many options, it's easy to find videos that you're interested in, as well as new friends to chat with as you're watching the videos. 

Here's how to start chatting on Twitch:

  • Once you are signed up and logged in, you can start browsing the list of available broadcasts. To search for a particular topic, enter the term you’re interested in into the search bar. For instance, you can enter cooking to see a list of results containing videos of people who are live streaming cooking related results including live videos, videos previously recorded, and games that contain the reference that you searched for. 
  • Click on the video that you would like to watch. That will bring up a page containing the video, as well as a live chat on the right side of the screen. To participate in the chat, simply enter your message into the box at the bottom right that says “Send a message.” Click the “Chat” button to send it.
  • Commands are available that enable you to perform actions such as changing the color of your user name, or blocking particular users. You can check them out here

Next: Using Twitch on other platforms

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Twitch is Available on a Variety of Platforms

Twitch can be used on a variety of platforms
Twitch is available for use on computers, mobile devices, and game consoles. Robert Deutschman/Getty Images

Twitch is available on a wide range of platforms which gives you a wide variety to choose from in terms of how you interact and chat. Some platforms can be used to broadcast, others allow you to watch and chat. Here's a run down.

Twitch is available on the following platforms:

Web browser: Click here for a list of supported browsers. You can broadcast, view and chat from a web browser. In order to broadcast, you will need some additional software, which you can find here.

  • iPhone: View and chat only
  • Android: View and chat only
  • NVIDIA SHIELD: Broadcast, view and chat
  • Xbox One: Broadcast, view and chat
  • PlayStation 4: Broadcast, view and chat
  • XBox 360: View and chat only
  • Chromecast: Broadcast, view and chat from another device and watch on your TV
  • Fire TV: Broadcast, view and chat from another device and watch on your TV

For additional details on platforms, visit this page.

Next: Tips and tricks for using Twitch

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Tips and Tricks for Using Twitch

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There's plenty of fun and entertainment to explore on Twitch!. Twitch

If you're new to Twitch, you'll discover that there is a lot to explore on the service. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get started.

Tips and tricks for using Twitch:

  • Curious about what types of videos you might find on Twitch? Check this link for a list of topics that are allowed to be covered on Twitch. It's easy to find something you're interested in from all of the choices, as well as to make new friends who are interested in the same topics as you. 
  • Not all video that is broadcast on Twitch is live streamed. In fact, Twitch broadcasts some retro TV shows such as Julia Child's "The French Chef," "Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home," and The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross. Visit the Twitch Specials page for details. 
  • When you find a broadcaster that you like, you can choose to follow them by clicking on the "Follow" button on the left side under their video. That will enable you to quickly navigate to their channel in the future because all of the accounts that you follow will be on one page when you click the "Following" link on the menu on the left side of the screen. (And who knows — you may follow a broadcaster who has "regulars" who pop in and chat which could mean a whole new group of friends for you!)
  • Many people who broadcast videos on Twitch are doing so for a living. If you like the videos that they produce, you may want to consider subscribing or donating to them.
  • A donation is a one-time payment that you can make to the creator of the video you like. A subscription typically involves a monthly fee for access to special features provided by the creator of the video. Both subscriptions and donations can be made directly to a broadcaster through Twitch's secure servers. Simply click on the "Subscribe" or "Donate" button under the video stream that you'd like to support to get started. The next page will ask for your payment details and related information. (PS: Twitch is owned by Amazon.com, so payment is as and secure.)
  • You may notice a link at the top of the home screen that says "Go Turbo." This is an option to purchase a premium subscription to Twitch which allows you to access additional features. For instance, if you have a paid subscription, your experience will be free of advertising, you'll have access to extra emoticons, colors and badges to use in your chat, and you'll have increased video storage in case you'd like to start creating some video yourself. You can "Go Turbo" for $8.99 per month.
  • You may see a reference to a "raid" when you're chatting. A Twitch raid is when someone posts a link to a similar broadcast occurring on another channel and encourages participants in the chat room to log on to the other channel. It's a form of a joke, or a prank, on Twitch. Check out the video here for some examples of raids and funny reactions.
  • Fun Fact: Have you heard of Mukbang? This is a phenomenon from South Korea that is beginning to gain in popularity in the United States. It refers to people who broadcast themselves via streaming video while they are eating. In South Korea, where many people live alone, it has become a common practice to tune into a video stream to eat with other people. Twitch is one of the first to offer a live streaming video platform for this in the US. The channel is called Social Eating. So, you can now tune in to eat and chat with new virtual friends at dinner time!

Enjoy yourself making new friends and watching fun ​and entertaining videos on Twitch!