Monday, 16 July 2018

The Twitch streamers who spend years broadcasting to no one

quote [ When seemingly everyone wants to record footage or live stream, who ends up watching the content? ]


What I find sad is this:

“My regulars and I always talk about our lives, and we all know stuff about each other,” lolimdivine said. “It’s like we have our own little internet family honestly. I see these people as my friends and not viewers. We welcome people with open arms from all around the world, and we remember things about the people who can only stop by once a month. It’s really an incredible thing that Twitch can do for people’s loneliness or friend groups.” Many streamers I spoke to said that they initially became interested in Twitch after finding a personality that entertained them through a tough time, such as the loss of a loved one.


We had a whole goddamn internet full of little communities like that twenty years ago: IRC channels, Telnet talkers, social MUDs, smaller forums and Usenet newsgroups.There were tons of places where all you had to do was show up and talk about stuff and before long you were meeting people, making friends, and becoming a member of a community. That all went to shit when blogs became a thing and everyone decided they'd rather be the star of a show no one was watching than a mere member of an active community.
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[by arrowhen@4:55pmGMT]

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profetscott said @ 6:55pm GMT on 16th Jul
Couple of years ago, I was unaware of all the streaming social sites. Found a celeb I was following on one site. But they had left. Found friendlife and joined. Was interesting for a while, and I even live streamed a bit. Actually got a couple of viewers while doing motorcycle maintanance. Found a couple of folks I enjoyed watching. Was watching twitch for a while, but couldn't really get into any of the streamers. Just not t a gamer and that was most of what was there then. Interesting thing about friendlife was when I went to joinin, Apple considered the whole site "spyware".
profetscott said @ 7:01pm GMT on 16th Jul
My memory is shot. The guy that started SE, I was communicating with him via pm and he suggested I go to anIRC he liked. I was such a nubs with computers at the time that that small task was beyond me.
blacksun said @ 9:30pm GMT on 16th Jul [Score:3]
Teh Matt. Praise be the maker.
lilmookieesquire said @ 6:18pm GMT on 17th Jul
I heard he became Steve Jobs and assended to the Apple UFO building.
5th Earth said @ 11:09pm GMT on 16th Jul
Yahtzee had it right: making media on the internet is like throwing a message in a bottle into an ocean made of messages in bottles.

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