Introducing… Tonight’s Host…

So, I’ve been pondering a thing or three. Possibly two. It’s hard to keep track.

So, I have a moderately extensive auto-host list. I know one person who, unless he is going to be on that stream, normally leaves his hosting up to the auto-host. I know someone else who doesn’t use the feature at all, preferring to select who he wants to host manually.

I tend to take a middle-road. I’ll look for people I might like to host, but if there’s nobody/nothing I want to be hosting. Auto-hosting though, has it’s limits. The Twitch API doesn’t send those events to other streamers, so they don’t see it, which means it only does half of what it’s meant to.

As I see it, a host is meant to do two things.

  1. You should be introducing your viewers to other streamers or games that they might find fun or interesting.
  2. You should be using it to introduce yourself to other streamers, so that you can build up a web of collections to farm for viewers in the future.

I’m not sure exactly how to do it really, so I’ll probably just keep doing things how I do, manual host when I find something or someone interesting, and let the auto-host handle it the rest of the time.

Very interested to hear the thoughts of other streamers, both their thoughts hosting and being hosted. Let me know what you think in the comments!

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