Comparing a Twitch Streamer to A YouTuber

Comparing a Twitch Streamer to A YouTuber
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Many creators see themselves as either a content creator or a streamer. It's depending on the main aspect of the content that they produce. By live streaming the majority of the time, they might see themselves as a streamer. While those on the other side create mainly long-form or even short-form content as content creators. 

Depending on which side you see yourself on you’re still creating some sort of content. Like it or not those of you who feel that live streamers as not actual content creators, are wrong in thinking of that. Live streamers are creating a variation of content that lives in the moment. Their content is dynamic and often unscripted. Being dedicated to spending the most amount of time going through interactive gameplay moments or if they are of the IRL variant, showing off the travels and interacting with those people they come into contact with. 

The fact of the matter is that on both sides, there still is content being made. We have to look at them as both sides of the coin. Yes, there is a difference in the type of content but content nonetheless. Its we that have to move away from placing one group in a box from the other. Looking at one side as the lesser of the two and giving them not as much time for their content to flourish. 

There is a difference in that for those who are still learning to be much more interactive with their potential audience. I’ve seen many of these live streamers that sit there, silent for a great majority of their stream. You can see them occasionally looking over to their chat to see if anyone has posted or to look at their viewer numbers. That in of itself is a problem, for beginners to focus so much attention on viewership numbers is detrimental to their mental state and to the quality of their content. Those viewer numbers are not displayed in real-time, as it’ll be delayed and so the streamer has missed that opportunity in being there in the moment of that person coming into their stream.

For the YouTuber viewership numbers are good and there’s no initiative for them to make sure that each viewer coming in has the interactiveness as a streamer. You’ve already made the content and it’s uploaded for your subscribers to enjoy at their pace. For the content creator who focuses on crafting a video to be at its best that they can do. There’s still a large amount of stress in which a single video can take a week or more before it gets uploaded to YouTube. For these content creators, the work doesn’t stop at upload. There’s still the process of keeping on top of viewer reactions and promoting it on social networks in order to further its potential reach for viewers. Experimenting with thumbnails and titles in order to flesh out in garnering more views. For this, content creators still look to get that reaction from viewers but at a much slower pace and longer reach than their live-streamer brethren. 

At the end of the day, both live streamers and YouTubers are in the same game. There isn’t much of a difference as we both are looking to entertain as many viewers and to bring awareness to the content they are making.

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