We're excited to announce our latest update, which includes several changes to improve the quality of life for streamers. First, we've modified the chatbot to send messages with the announce command.  Additionally, we've delayed chat messages by 10 seconds in order to better accommodate mobile users. And lastly, we've blocked the browser source from being used outside of streaming software. We hope you enjoy these changes!

Using /announce with the chatbot

By enabling the chatbot to send messages with the announce command streamers should see improved click-through rates.  This change helps the messages stand out more especially in streams with busy chat rooms. We hope Twitch will support colored announcements for bots soon, and you may see that in a future update. You may see this become a togglable option in the future.

Mobile chat delay

Twitch chat is always at least 20 seconds ahead of the stream. This poses an odd problem for our system since a chat message can be lost on mobile before the advertisement shows. We decided to split the difference and delay the chatbot message by 10 seconds. This should accommodate both PC and mobile users nicely.

Browser source update

The browser source update is a small change with a large impact. We've blocked the browser source from being used outside of streaming software. This means that you can no longer use it in a normal web browser. You may see this become a togglable option in the future, but it is meant to help avoid multiple chat messages getting sent. We have seen several users forget they have the browser source open in a web browser leading to duplicate chat messages.

Summary

This update has been primarily targeting viewership quality of life.  We hope that by making these changes we can make your experience better. As always, if you have any feedback feel free to reach out to us on Twitter or via the chat button in the bottom right. Thank you for reading and enjoy the update!