Increasingly, the majority of people are content to experience the online world through the warm, blue-white glow of Facebook. But beyond the closed ecosystems of giant tech companies, the open web remains populous, anonymous, strange and sometimes, very unpleasant.
Twitch is giving its streamers a chance to offer a new, VIP-like feature to their most loyal viewers: subscriber-only streams. The new initiative may encourage viewers to spend $5 a month to support streamers.
And the big social platforms are all part of it now. Remember when the internet was about emerging voices and disintermediation? Instead, we’ve just built up new gatekeepers, more ruthless than the old.
@adders This news, not to mention the jokey response of some journos with 30k followers to it, go a long way to show why normal people think journalists are part of the elite. Made me re-read this from April this year: https://t.co/DzUzd6WnGG
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