is Twitch a social network

Is Twitch a Social Network

Is Twitch a social networkPeople are asking what is Twitch, is a social network?  To find out the answer to this first we need to know what is social networking and what are social networks for.

What is Social Networking

A social network service enables users to find like-minded individuals or people with the same interests to connect with. So a social network is basically that community or social relations. We use social networks to interact with others, we follow them, connect with them, share content with them. In short a social network is a community of people finding and communicating with each other, to be social within a network or on a platform.


So, is Twitch a social network

With the above meaning, to me, yes Twitch is a definitely social network.  Although Twitch is referred to as a broadcast media platform because Twitch is all about live streaming.  Some would say that it’s not classed as a social network.  Live streaming could actually be the next big thing in social media, its growing fast – With Social media, its all about connecting with your community and Twitch also has a community, a huge community of gamers and developers which has over 60 million views per month. And at just three years old, that is amazing.

On Twitch you can follow and connect with users, send messages and chat live to them while users are streaming.  The Twitch community is very friendly, and usually, friendships leak out of Twitch and on to other networks, of course, many of the streams are recorded and saved on Twitch and or saved to YouTube, plus more and more users of Twitch are making use of Twitter.

is Twitch a social network

Whats so special about Twitch

If you have anything at all to do with the Gaming world you should be on Twitch. Its big now, and its going to get bigger, its the future.

Let me tell you this much – it’s not about watching kids gaming.

On Twitch streamers…

  • Are usually very skilled gamers
  • Promote your games by showing other users how cool they are
  • Show you the newest games before you might see them in action elsewhere
  • Create competitions and giveaways – where you can get in-game codes or codes to try out games for FREE
  • Raise money for charities whilst streaming
  • Chat with you, while they are streaming, you aren’t just watching, you are involved
  • Create how-tos and tutorials on new and old games, where you can ask questions on parts you are stuck
  • Are very helpful and will generally take time to answer any questions you might have and go out of their way to help you
  • and Twitch features the biggest events in gaming


Is Twitch a social network

Who owns Twitch

The acquisition was closed on September 25, 2014. Twitch is now operated as a wholly owned subsidiary of, with Emmett Shear remaining as CEO.

So, now you can see why Amazon would like to, and has acquired Twitch – hopefully, there won’t be too many changes – TechRadar spoke to Twitch recently to alleviate any fears about Twitch being bought by Amazon 

Twitch is great fun, or can be very serious or helpful it depends on what you want out of it.

However, if you want to get involved with the biggest community of gamers then this is a very fast and easy way to do it.  If you need help with this, please let me know.

If any steamers have anything they can add to this or think I’ve got it wrong, please let me know below and I will add or correct anything.


UPDATE: December 2017 – Twitch has now added – Many more channels, it’s not all about gaming anymore but about creatives, about real-life, cosplay, people are doing chat shows, drawing, music shows, requests.  I think Facebook is still falling behind on Twitch.  Twitch have also added recently a mobile app and extensions which creates new ways to interact.


how many networks are there

How Many Social Networks Are There?


don't panicPeople are often surprised at how many social networks there actually are, they often think of just Facebook and Twitter.

Wait for it… there are literally hundreds of social networking sites, more than 500 in fact.  That’s without counting all of the Chinese and other countries networks such as China’s Tencent who own WeChat with 200 million users. . However, out of the 500+ not all are of good quality or exactly thriving but they are available, and might just be the next big thing.

Some social networking platforms are obviously more popular than others and many of them you may not class as a social network but if its aim is to be social and to share and connect with other users then it’s often called a social network, social media platform or social site, and you can even include mobile applications in this such as Path a social networking-enabled photo sharing and messaging service for mobile devices.

Which network should I be on for my business?

Don’t panic though; you do not have to have an account on all 500+ networks for your business, that would be crazy. This is why Fairy Dust keeps up with emerging networks to ascertain which networks fit into your niche, your brand or your industry. We regularly test and review new sites, and many old sites that we might have just heard about to see what benefits there might be to join.

  • Media
  • Technology
  • Gaming
  • Music
  • Retail
  • Business to Business
  • Construction
  • Finance
  • Health
  • Cosmetics
  • Transport

All of the above are totally different industries which would have different needs; so which networks do you need to be would be a difficult question to answer here, right now. It could just be that the more active networks that you can manage the better reach you will have but some people cannot handle this and don’t want to.   Some businesses prefer to outsource their online activities to a social media manager, with social networking stills that would provide a social media strategy and manage the networks for you.

However, a good place to start would be to use or choose from the top ten social networks or applications.

The top 10 social media sites

The top ten social media sites are so called because they are the most popular and have the most monthly visitors or users.

1 – Facebook

2 – GooglePlus

3 – YouTube

4 – Twitter

5 – Pinterest

6 – Linkedin

7 – Tumblr

8 – Instagram

9 – MySpace

10 – Efactor

Although this list is in no particular order, that is how I would feature the top four.  And of course, again depending on your business, YouTube might not need to be included (although Video is the way to go if you can) and other networks might feature in your chosen networks such as Foursquare.

For really small businesses that don’t have the time it’s often suggested that they start with one network and really build that up until they start the next one, this will obviously take a very long time, and social networking done properly does take a long time.

Many people still do not “get” Googleplus saying that there is nothing to it, these people aren’t on Google plus or are not using it properly. Google plus is thriving, its more popular than Twitter and its fast approaching taking over Facebook in popularity.  Pinterest is also a network you might be surprised at, 3 years since the launch was reported at having 70 million users in July 2013.

Googleplus however should not be sniffed at as it is really a requirement for a business, or blogger –  for many reasons and one is search, the more you share your blogs posts on Google plus the more chance you have appearing in a Google search another top reason is Google authorship.

So, in answer to the question “How many social networks are there”, the answer is that you really do not have to worry about how many but which social networks should your business be a part of to maximize its social media presence.-


How to remove a contact from LinkedIn

LinkedIn-LogoLinkedIn is a professional social networking website with over 200 million members, its a great place to manage your professional identity and to engage with people on a professional level.  So why would you want to how to remove a contact from LinkedIn? People are usually careful about who they connect with on LinkedIn as its not the same as other networks it is usually for work purposes but some people like to be open networkers, and connect with many people, and on LinkedIn these are called LIONs.

What is a LinkedIn LION

It stands for Linked In Open Networker, it basically means that they will accept invites from anyone, even if they don’t know them, where as LinkedIn always used to be the place that you never, ever connected with people you didn’t already know.  However things in social networking have changed somewhat since the old days and many people want to grow their networks and reach out to new contacts.  That being said, there are still people that will hit the I don’t know this person button and that could get you into trouble on many networks.

So, many people love to connect and engage with new people, its how we grow our networks – However sometimes, there may be an occasion say for instance you realised one profile was fake, you were getting too many spam emails from a person or you just decided you didn’t want to be friends on LinkedIn any more – and you might want to know how to remove a contact from LinkedIn  – because we do not do this very often, we forget, and in fact I think it may have been changed in the last year.  So this is how you do it.

Delete a contact from your LinkedIn Account

Its as easy as pie, when you know how.

linkedin remove friend

Click Contacts

Click Connections

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on the far right Click Remove Connections

linkedin remove contacts

Find the person you want to remove in the list of Connections (Surname first)

linkedin remove

Click remove connection

Click Yes I do want to remove


And that is done, connection removed.

And that’s how to remove a connection from LinkedIn – I hope that you never have to do that, but if you do find you are getting spam emails or you just don’t like what you see, then this might be the best option.

Short and sweet.




Customer Service – The Best and the Worst


Which company saved your life this Christmas  or which company will you not be using again because of their poor service?

How was your customer experience in 2012 – I’d love to know.

In this day and age, most of us at sometime order goods online, I did most of my Christmas shopping on-line, and there is a lot of trust involved, you need to know that the company will live up to their promises, that they are trustworthy and that you can contact them if there is a problem (Yes, problems do happen, we understand that, to be informed is all that customers ask).  It is helpful to check for reviews on businesses before you order but people seem more inclined to post a bad review for the company that has upset them, than the company that has done as expected.

This is why an active social presence is so important, customers can see how businesses deal with people and problems. Some Brands really take advantage of this chance to boost brand loyalty. Even though some of them receive many complaints, at least they do try to answer customers –  maybe Brands such as –  Virginmedia, O2, Nokia, Orange, Xbox  Sainsburys –  I’m not saying they all get it right all of the time, (I’ve had many a run in with Virgin, but they try) this would not be possible with their customer base but they appear to be trying to improve or keep their good reputation and retain their customers.

Amazon – super service

It doesn’t surprise me to see Amazon on most of the lists for the best customer service or customer satisfaction, they almost always deliver quicker than they say – quality is good and they are contactable 7 days a week.  Apple are also up at the top with their own customer service. I’ve used these companies numerous times, and have never been disappointed.  Maybe you have?  Let me know.

Cambridge Accessories saved me this Christmas

With Amazon, its usually better if you are ordering from them direct but my best purchase this year was with Cambridge Accessories. Just before Christmas my hard drive died Sony was little or no help at all, so I ordered a new hard drive from Cambridge Accessories, delivery was 4-7 days but I paid for the quickest delivery which was up-to 3 days as I was desperate to get it fixed, no false promises from them. To my amazement it arrived the next day, and I’d only ordered it at 3pm, brilliant service, thank you Cambridge Accessories.

One relatively new business that I had problems with this year, did eventually listen. I was contacted by a senior member of staff via email and who said that they would sort out the problems that I discussed and even gave compensation, not that I wanted that, I just wanted some reassurance that others wouldn’t be dealt with this way, customers don’t like to be tricked or fooled into ordering and they sure do not like it when there is no way to contact with the company. I wouldn’t use this company again, the trust is lost, you see how fickle we consumers are, we have so many companies to choose from out there, we do not have to stick with the same supplier if they are useless.

Talking of useless …..

iWoot iAwful

However sometimes the horror story is from someone you might not expect – I want one of those –  a type of gadget shop online – when they first started in 2000, they cared – they won awards! –  it was their baby – but it was sold in 2010 to The Hut Group. Just wow!

The Hut Group who in 2009 and 2010 also won awards from Young Finance Director of the Year, 100 fastest growing tech company in the UK and Matthew Moulding won Bank of Scotland Entrepreneur of the year 2009.

I want one of those are otherwise known as iWoot, and it seems its now a different story, they just don’t have any customer service at all. Zilch!  AMAZING! 

  • The phone number says they are busy and cuts you off,
  • They don’t reply to emails,
  • They don’t reply on Twitter
  • They have a messaging system on their own website but they rarely reply to that, and if they do they haven’t read all of the other messages so their reply is late and not related to your last problem.

They charge for next-day delivery which is supposed to be free it states this on their own website, (see above) and then deliver over a week late – which for me, meant that I had to go out (yes, outside) and buy more Christmas presents in time for Christmas. No apologies, nothing.  If you search #iwoot on Twitter you will see that many other people have complained and received no answers – many of those customers are fighting for refunds. They do appear to have a presence on Social media but they simply post out adverts.

I could write a whole post about how bad I want one of those service is, but I want to look at the bigger picture.

Strangely enough when I was searching for the hut group online I found someone saying that Zavvi also owned by The hutgroup has the same answerphone message as iwoot – not accepting calls due to high volume, he is also fighting to get a refund. 

Obviously people / consumers can have different experiences with different companies but generally you can tell those Brands or Companies that care –

  • They Engage on Social Networks
  • You can contact them easily !
  • Others have positive things to say about the company.
  • Staff seem like they actually care, and go out of their way to help.
  • Staff listen –  and not read solutions from a card.
  • Staff need to be able to speak the language they are communicating in correctly.
  • Companies / Brands admit their mistakes.

Technology is increasingly making it easier for companies to connect directly with their customers and to show their GREAT customer service

Of course, the better our customer experience the more likely we, the customers are going to recommend that company or Brand. We certainly won’t be recommending or using those companies again that do not fulfill promises, lie or have a terrible customer service.

I would love to think that as we grow, using the various tools now available, that so will old and new businesses, for the better.

What were your best and worst experiences this year with Customer Service, lets big up the great companies, and warn the others that it is time they improved. 

Empire Avenue iPhone and iPad application – Eav Mogul


Empire Avenue iPhone and iPad application Eav Mogul

If you have been looking for a good iPhone or iPad application for the Social Media “game” Empire Avenue then you have found it. Eav Mogul is a FREE application or client by Korutech App Solutions that enables you to easily view and manage your portfolio on the stockmarket “game” Empire Avenue while on the move.

What is Empire Avenue

Just briefly, as I have already written a blog about Empire Avenue – Empire Avenue is an online game where you “play” the Empire Avenue stock market – buying and selling other players shares. You need to really be connected to many social networks such as Google+, Twitter Facebook Linkedin to get high dividends and a great share price and you need to be an active member of those networks to increase your network scores, its not enough just to be on Empire Avenue you do have to “Play”. The great thing about Empire Avenue is that there is a fantastic community to engage with – you don’t just leave it at buying and selling shares you get to know people and add them to your networks.

Empire avenue does need some attention if not daily, at least every few days, and to be able to keep up it is very useful to have an application on your phone so that you can manage your stocks and shares and see how you are performing while you are travelling or away from the PC. The best part for me is the bulk buy or sell feature on Eav mogul. Here you can easily increase your network activity and daily earnings straight from your phone.

EavMogul are currently working on a new update to the application which allows you to leave shout outs on Empire Avenue too, which are all important for engaging with new players, so I can’t wait for that!

Using Eav Mogul – You can view and manage

  • Your Portfolio
  • Your Shareholders
  • Recent arrivals
  • Leader board influencers

On these pages you can sort by many options – such as portfolio value or shares I own – you can find actual players by ticker (name) and you can filter by falling earners, or rising earners and many other options.

I just bought 100 more in Pirillo - I thought I was maxed! 🙂

If you have a large portfolio it seems a little slow at times – not often but at times –  but just be patient and it will work its magic. Although I may speak to @eavmogul about this as it could be something to do with the settings. I’ll keep you informed.

Update @eavmogul said. 

It is mainly because of a large portfolio – The cache tweaks how much profile info is pulled down at one time by setting cache time longer, the data you download survives a lot longer. The only risk is the prices get out of date

The other setting changes how many records are pulled in one call. It balances wait time with performance. Less records, less wait, but more API calls and more frequent short delays.

There are also Pro Features that you can buy which enable you to do other things such as leave shout outs on Twitter, set your status message and get more views.

I’ve used this application for most of the weekend and I really like it, its easy to use and has  many more options than I thought it would have.

I have news !!!

First this update from korutech app solutions blog

Second is this  tweet.


Working on a speed improvement for players with BIG portfolios. Hope to put into next update @EmpireAve @michelledh#SMRocketFuel #eavmogul

This is going to rock that rocket fuel 🙂

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 5.0 or later.



The redesign on Empire Avenue – Explained.


I first blogged about Empire avenue 10 months ago – when I had just started. Back then I didn’t realise the impact it would have on my social media strategies,  networks and more importantly I that would find a fantastic community of people that now mean a great deal to me.

Anyway – I digress…

Empire Avenue have relaunched a new design – which is said to engage you more with your social networks.

Most people that “play” Empire avenue have always used it to engage and connect with other users, moving that to their other networks.  I think previously that was the problem, that, people that don’t play Empire Avenue do not see it this way at all.  Empire avenue for me, is primarily not a game but is a way to connect and engage with a brillant community of “players”.  Empire avenue is fun to play but it should also be part of your social media strategy.  It is possible to connect, interact and engage with clients and/or customers, contacts and like-minded people to help and share, when using this tool correctly.

Empire avenue are trying to make this more perceptible by supposedly making it easier to connect via their new headings expand, engage and evaluate.

New headings on Empire Avenue

  • Expand – Get more followers 
  • Engage – Talk to your followers
  • Evaluate – Measure Your success 


On this new page you have a number of users listed as follows
Recommended (by others)
Leaders (site wide top leaders
Recent Arrivals
Social Networks
Empire Avenue’s trending communities.
These were all available to see on the previous version but now they are all together on this one page, which I do like.


This page is to help you to engage with content on your Facebook and Twitter networks – you can even post a shout out on your networks from this page.  Also on the right hand side you have
Recent Shareholders
Recent Mentions
Recent Arrivals
From this page you can reply to messages, or tweets, you can retweet and you can view what your followers are doing on their own networks, without even leaving empire avenue.


This show your scores so that you have evautate your success, which includes pie charts on…
Network ScoreAudience & Quality Score Breakdown – Share Price Breakdown
Buying HistoryShares Bought vs. Shares Sold 
7 Days Share Price
All of this information was available on the old design – on various pages but mostly on the Advisors page which is also still there, just click the icon.
With the new design you can click on each icon on this page to see how your networks are performing.  You can view various interesting and important statistics on networks you have added – such as Empire, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, facebook page, youtube, wordpress, instragram, google+ etc. With a variety of information.
Youtube, here shows – How many videos, subs, views, comments and favorites
One thing to remember is that this new design is all icon related – if you want to view a players performances on twitter for instance you would go to their profile and hover over the icon and it will tell you how many tweets this week and  how many today.  More tweets, Steve 🙂

How to endorse other users blogs

You need to go to their profile page, click on blogs – and you will see a list of their blogs which you can then click on to endorse. As you can see, I have already endorsed Jackie’s blogs.

One thing I haven’t found yet – is an easy way to see mentions – you can see who’s mentioned you on your notifications page and the engaged page but not what they said On the engaged page, you can click the mention but you have to scroll through all of their mentions to see your own.  Their must be an easier way, has anyone found it?

People were discussing that they couldn’t find the edit public profile so that you can change your bio – this is in Account settings – privacy – at the bottom it says Customize your public profile. However there is a bug that logs me out when I click it. Not sure if that will be the same with you.

All in all, apart from the bugs – I do like the new design, it will take a bit of getting use to, as always with something new. We all had our shortcuts and ways to do things which are now going to be different, but remember we are all in the same boat or avenue.    I do think that this new design will help new players see right away what Empire Avenue is for, and that is to expand, engage and evaluate your social networks!

Tips or How to

From Steven Johnson 

To find Portfolio value

Go to their profile page – on the right you will see – “30 day share price” view more – click this and you be shown a graphs with Today’s share price history – Last 30 days – Last 7 days and portfolio value with other stats.

And, if someone is in the top 100 for their country, you can still see their # in that leader board:

If you have any tips or how to’s that you can share with us, I’m sure we will all appreciate that, leave you ticker so that we can thank you. 🙂

Storify launches a new look with a stronger foundation today!

I’m glad to read today that Storify have made lots of changes – They say they have rebuilt it from the ground up.

Storify is a new way of blogging your life in social media – You can make stories from the social web using moments, tweets, in the realtime. Just search on a subject on various platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and Google plus and make your own story!

Storify was Co-founded by@burtherman and @xdamman

I’ve always loved the idea of this, but to be honest most of the time, it didn’t work that well for me for various reasons, but now they have made big changes, I hoping that my problems with Storify are all over.  Then instead of screen printing the results like this I can actually embed a story.

The changes are …….

  • A new logo and new look. The search and the editor sides of the interface have been switched, and we have made it easier to add text to stories. Photo searches are displayed in gallery format and pictures shown larger in stories. Saving stories is more reliable.
  • A revised bookmarklet and all-new Storypad that lets you collect and save media from all over the web, and easily share what you’ve gathered with other Storify users. You can use media from anyone’s Storypad in any story.
  • Smoother drag-and-drop functionality, which makes it easier to build stories and reorganize them.
  • A collapsed view of your Storify story while it’s being built, so you can see it easily and organize it better.
Okay so maybe its not going to correct my problems of embedding the stories to WordPress and not really getting an answer on twitter, but I love it so much – I will carry on with how I am using it already, and hope they keep going with the improvements. Its worth the wait. Love it!
Hope this helps






Twitter and BBM involvement in UK riots

Riots that started in London have now spread to other British cities, such as Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham and Manchester.

It has been said that networks such as Facebook, Twitter and BBM have helped organise some of the riots.  Police say that the main culprit however is BBM; BlackBerrys Messenger service as it is/was thought that messages cannot be traced, although Blackberry have said that they will help police to trace people which is a little confusing?

I am surprised that if the police felt so strongly that BBM was to blame for the start of the London Riots that it still hasn’t been blocked, or shut down. Or is it now because now they have Blackberry to help track people, police want the looters to use it.

I assume though that police will see from phone records of those arrested, who those people have been contacted by or contacted to arrange the meet ups, via text or BBM.

I do believe that Twitter has been detrimental to the riots, but from a small minority of people,  mostly people thought they were helping.  Suffice to say that although this messaging didn’t help it certainly wasn’t the cause.

I did notice some strange tweets that could have been said to have been organising locations, from kids that had obviously just signed up to twitter. One particular tweet I contacted the Rt’r who uses the hashtag #croydon to retweet and sent the message to spam. Other messages with false information on riots being retweeted by others that thought it was actually happening.  It could be that looters turned up there to see what was going on, and it started from there.  This can be said of a lot rioted area’s.   Apart from that, there is a lot of rubbish being tweeted on twitter at the moment about UKriots; hit spam and don’t RT.

Please do not spread false rumours !

Obviously the real information on Twitter was very important for many people, we had live news of road closures and what places to avoid.  The main message  here is don’t re-tweet anything unless its 100% confirmed, its not helping its harming.   Even the police are putting this message out to users now.

The news isn’t all bad for Twitter though – since the start of this there has been a clean up operation organised though the hash tag #riotcleanup  or @riotcleanup which was the brain child of Dan Thompson from Worthing. This clean up operation has taken off so well, with Tweeters rushing out to help clean up our cities, it has now got the attention of the media and celebrities are even involved.

Facebook has  helped by first a looter proudly showing his loot on his profile pic – and secondly by police or users posting videos or photographs of looters or rioters, one already turned himself in after seeing himself in one of these videos.

Also the police are now all over twitter, giving out information and advice and more importantly posting videos and pictures of looters asking the Twitter community if they know who these people are, which everyone is sharing.

For the best information on UK riots and how to help –  follow the police on Twitter, don’t believe all the tweets you read.  Follow @metpoliceuk  @GMpolice @sussex_police @essexpoliceUK @northants999  @lancspolice to find your local police on Twitter a good way it to type in google police “area” twitter

Remember, don’t spread false rumours, its important.

Hope this helps