Let’s admit it, TikTok is slowly taking over the internet. A ton of social media and video-sharing platforms have adopted the vertical scrolling feed popularized by TikTok. This app’s influence has spread to the most popular live-streaming platform on the web. Twitch is testing a new TikTok-style feed called the Discovery Feed, according to The Verge.
As stated, a bunch of social media and video sites have emulated TikTok; however, even other types of platforms have found a way to implement a vertical feed. Music streaming services like Spotify and YouTube Music have made their own vertically scrolling feeds. The latter’s option displays clips of music videos (check out our coverage here).
Twitch is testing a TikTok-inspired discovery feed
It might be a weird thought, but the company could be onto something. When you open Twitch, you’re most likely looking for streamers who are currently streaming. You’re not really looking to see pre-recorded content like clips or VODs.
The Discovery Feed could help place clips in your face so you don’t miss out on them. When you summon it, you’ll see a feed of featured clips. This could keep you on the Twitch platform even when the stream you’re watching ends. This is something that the company wants, as you’re spending more time on the platform.
The feed will show you featured clips from different creators. You’ll be dealing with the algorithm, so you’re liable to see clips from creators who are in line with your tastes. If you mostly watch people playing Fortnite, you’ll most likely get clips from other Fortnite streamers.
Hopefully, Twitch eventually gives you the ability to set your feed to show only clips from people you follow. That could be a great way to catch up on streams that you missed or relive great moments from streams that you saw.
Right now, Twitch is testing this out on a limited audience. Chances are that you won’t see it during the test, but you can still check to see if you’re a part of it. Update the Twitch app and tap on the Browse tab at the bottom.