Popular music artist Kanye West wants changes to be made to how likes and followers are displayed on Twitter, and Jack Dorsey, the social media platform’s founder, agrees.
Kanye West believes that Twitter users’ likes and followers are too prominently displayed on the platform, creating a culture that puts too much value into how popular everyone is on social media.
“We should be able to participate in social media without having to show how many followers or likes we have,” the rapper explained in a tweet. “Just like how we can turn off the comments, we should be able to turn off the display of followers. This has an intense negative impact on our self worth.”
Kanye’s tweet caught the attention of Jack Dorsey, and the two began a private conversation in which the Twitter CEO revealed that the platform is considering reforming the likes and followers system in order to reduce their significance in the public forum.
“We’ve been thinking deeply about the follower and like counts, and what that incentivizes. We want to change,” Dorsey said in a text message. “Us making that number bold and big incentivized people to want to increase it, and feel bad if they couldn’t. That’s not right.”
It’s clear that both West and Dorsey believe that people should want to use Twitter to contribute to “the global conversation,” rather than build up a large follower-base just because that is what is demanded in today’s social culture.
Although there doesn’t appear to be any hint of immediate change in the near future, the fact that the CEO of Twitter is publicly having this sort of conversation does hint at major changes coming to the platform at some point.
StreamElements has announced the 20 recipients of its $100,000 Creator Diversity fund, providing creators of underrepresented groups on Twitch with professional livestreaming services.
These streamers are up-and-coming broadcasters who are fighting for their place in the uber-competitive landscape of livestreaming, and who face even harsher competition because of their protected characteristics.
The creators were selected due to the type of content they were producing, their dedication to livestreaming, and their own insights provided when they applied.
The fund hopes to be “a way to help elevate their presence and voice in an ecosystem where discovery and access to information is an issue.”
Marc, who goes by Teknikalx on Twitch, told us “I applied for the fund because I thought it would be beneficial for my channel to receive additional support to give the channel a more professional look vs what I have now. Also to bring to light that programs like this exist and if a channel such as mine can receive support in this manner, other channels can too.”
Teknikalx boasts over 5,000 followers on Twitch, but says that having the support of StreamElements ‘Dream Team’ will “give a boost to my channel in the extra visibility to my content. I truly believe that the access to doors that would otherwise be closed will open, with their support to show that my content is worth not only checking out but supporting.”
Fellow streamer StreetGrind, who streams everything from Fall Guys to Horizon Zero Dawn, said the support from the Creator Diversity fund will take his “content and brand to the next level in overall aesthetics as well as consistency.”
StreetGrind, one of the recipients of the Creator Diversity Fund, aims to take his content and brand to the “next level.”
“I’m hoping to use this support to increase my discoverability on who I am and what my brand is about. Improving every day one step at a time and helping others along the way,” he explained. “We stand stronger together instead of individually.”
Another recipient, GoofyWise, similarly hopes the support will push his stream further and provide a better viewing experience. “Opportunities like these are rare especially those targeted to people who look like me.”
“I plan to use this opportunity to take my channel to the next level by giving my stream an increased level of professionalism that will attract viewers from all around,” he told Dexerto. “Not to mention the added confidence boost from having a higher quality look and feel. Look good, feel good!”
The support will include guidance on growing their brand, securing sponsorships, merchandising, and all other facets of growing and maintaining an audience.
StreamElements is one of the leading third-party services used by countless streamers to manage their donations, overlays, alerts and more while they are broadcasting.
“Livestreaming is not an easy profession and it can be even more daunting for members of underrepresented groups,” said Doron Nir, CEO, StreamElements. “With the Creator Diversity Fund, our goal is to provide those invaluable industry insights on top of improving all aspects of their channels.”
Each of the 20 recipients will have an “account manager”, with 24/7 assistance, and provided a selection of “in-game overlays, alerts, emotes, transitions, sub badges, headers, tipping pages, info panels, and logos,” customized for their channel.