Twitch Live Annotations for YouTubeJun 20 2014 · 29 comments · New Features, Tech, Twitch Weekly
Letting your audience know when you go live can be a lot of work. Chances are you maintain a presence on at least one social network, potentially two, if not three or four (we can keep counting … five, six, seven …). Our goal is to help you reach as many of these networks as quickly and easily as possible, each time you go live.
You can already manage your Twitch account so that your Twitch, Twitter, and Facebook followers are alerted when you begin a broadcast. Now, we’re excited to introduce a powerful new way to alert your audience: Twitch Live Annotations for YouTube.
Twitch Live Annotations enable a promotional alert that appears on all of your YouTube videos the instant you start broadcasting. These alerts are designed to direct people watching your videos on YouTube to your content as it happens on Twitch — keeping your current audience up to date and even bringing new viewers to your channel.
For those of you that already have a YouTube account connected with your Twitch account, visit the Connections page in Settings and opt-in to Live Annotations. This may also be done when exporting any highlight using our YouTube exporter.
Once enabled, the Live Annotation appears every time you go live with no additional effort by you. If you ever choose to disable the annotation, you can do so from the same connections menu where they are enabled.
Live Annotations do not override any existing annotations or promotions you have on your YouTube videos. The Live Annotation appears next in line behind other scheduled promotions. Closing the active annotation, or letting it time out, allows your Twitch Live Annotation to appear.