Wednesday’s #ToTD: Stream Etiquette:

This is something that is missed by many when first starting out. Usually because you are so pumped from your stream you forget, or maybe you are shy and unsure what to say or do. This piece is for the Streamer and the Viewer as there is etiquette for both sides. It is a bit long but there is a lot of info in this piece.

As a streamer you want to be courteous and polite, not unwelcoming and rude. You would think this is simple but you will be surprised at how many times I have walked into a stream, typed in chat and was not acknowledged once. This as a viewer will turn me off of your channel real quick and you just lost a follow, a view and someone who would have supported your channel.

So how can we make sure this does not happen to us? When anyone comes into your stream Welcome them with either your own voice, chat bot or some crazy way to personalize their experience. Acknowledge the viewer when they type into your chat and yes sometimes it can be difficult due to the kind of game you are playing, but that is still no excuse you can turn around and say ” Hey sorry will check out the chat once I am done owning these n00bs.” Or by letting your channel know a head of time, or tell one of you mods and they should be able to reiterate what you want said. Most of the time viewer’s can completely see you are in the “shit” and will understand that you can not look. But once you can look do it right away and make sure you welcome that person into your stream/family.

What about busy chats? What about it? I have busy chats some days where it is just flying by, still that is not excuse to not acknowledge someone. You have mods and you have bots, use them to your advantage. With your mods they should know your rules already, they should know what you want said in the event that you are busy and can not reply to chat. There are so many bots out there now that will do greetings for you, one bot is Vivbot. Vivbot will welcome anyone that steps into your stream whether they type or not. This has its pros and cons in my eyes and we will speak on that in another tip of the day.

Don’t get me wrong there will be times that you will miss someone or something being said it happens but make sure you get a chance to acknowledge it. Example: I was playing Overwatch and I was in the shit could not look at chat or my OBS. My follower alert sounded off and I was unable to welcome that person. I did however say ” Hey who followed me thank you and welcome.” Then once the round was done I opened up my Twitch Alerts and seen it was “The_Sleepy_Kitty” I then stated to Kitty, welcome to my stream and did my little welcome message/song that I do for new followers.

At the End of your Stream:

  • Make sure you thank everyone who stopped by, thank them for their time and their follow.
  • Always state your next stream time if you know it.
  • Send out all your social media links
  • State what social media you want them to follow.
  • If you are going to raid another streamer.
  • Very important! Thank your mods for what they do for you. They do it for FREE!

When you are done completely and you turned off your stream for the day, make sure you hit up all social media and tell your fans what a great stream you had. Also make sure you throw in a thanks! We talk about Social Media in another #ToTD so don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for updates!

Now it is time to be the Viewer/Streamer: What do you mean? I am talking about those streamers who go into other channels to view what you as the streamer is doing.

We have all had that one guy/girl to come into your stream and start announcing they are a streamer. One of my biggest pet peeves! Just the other day I was in mid stream when someone who I do not know walked in and said “Hey can you please look at my stream?” Which did piss me off, but I did not tell him or her where to go. I simply put it to them, that coming into someone’s stream and announcing that is wrong and that they should not be advertising their stream in someone else’s without permission. Now I know many other streamers that would banned or timed him out. I decided to school him on streaming/viewing etiquette. I then received a follow out of that instead of a bitter a troll.

The only times I feel it is permitted to talk about your stream is:

  • The Streamer asks you how your stream went
  • Streamer says: Do you stream?
  • If you are in a stream that does not mind you advertising

If NEITHER of these apply please do not bring up your stream! It is rude, and disrespectful to the streamer and the streamer’s viewer’s. Just don’t do it!

In my stream for example my mods are aware of who and who not to do shout outs for. How many shout outs in a certain amount of time. In my chat I will shout out streamers that I support and that support me, as one of my goals is to help other streamer’s out.

My advice to you is Respect your fellow streamer and treat them as you want to be treated. We are all human and we are all trying to reach very similar goals. So please raise each other up.