Chatbot: How to Set Up Chat Bots and What Features to Include on Twitch and YouTube
Chatbots have been around in live streams for many years to the point that every professional stream has one. Streamers use chatbots to handle many of the repetitive tasks and questions that come up every stream. If you are reading this blog, you are likely looking to add your own chat bot to your stream, so let's discuss how to best add chat bot to your stream and optimize it for common chat tasks.
Step 1: Choose Your Chatbot
First things first, you need to choose a chatbot that suits your needs. There are plenty of options out there, but make sure to pick one that integrates well with your streaming platform. Some options are paid, some options are free. Some options work on both Twitch and YouTube, while others only work on one or the other. For example, Nightbot is an amazing free chat bot that works well on both Twitch and YouTube.
Step 2: Set Up Your Chat Commands
Once you have your chatbot set up, it's time to create your commands. Commands are keywords or phrases that your viewers can type in the chat to trigger a specific action from your chatbot. Here are some common examples:
!discord - Displays a link to your Discord server
!socials - Displays links to your social media pages
!uptime - Displays how long you've been streaming
!rules - Displays the rules of your stream
!song - Displays the name of the current song playing (as always we recommend using only a safe and trusted source of music during your live stream, such as StreemTunes - read more about finding music that is safe for live streaming here)
But don't stop there! You can create custom commands for your stream. For example, if you're a gamer, you can create a !setup command that displays your current gaming setup or a !games command to show a list of your favourite games. Feel free to add in some inside jokes, random fun commands (such as !hug username) or other commands that answer the most common questions that pop up during stream. Watch other streams to learn what commands they use.
Step 3: Customize Your Chatbot
Now that you have your commands set up, it's time to customize your chatbot. You can change the color scheme, font, and layout to match your stream's theme. You can also give your chatbot a name and even a personality. Just be careful not to give it too much personality, or it might start taking over your stream!
Step 4: Test and Tweak
Before you go live, make sure to test your chatbot and tweak it as needed. You want to make sure that your commands work correctly and that your chatbot doesn't go rogue and start spamming the chat.
Step 5: Engage with Your Chat
Now that your chatbot is up and running, it's time to engage with your chat. Respond to their questions and comments, and make sure to thank them for their support. This is very important if you wish to grow your stream and following. Your chatbot can handle the common questions, so you can focus on interacting with your viewers on a personal level.
That conclude this guide on how to setup and optimize your chatbot. Continue to check back for new posts about music, streaming, and levelling up your content.
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