Bringing Twitter Tweets into Discord channels

So you have a Discord community and you would like to pull tweets into your channels. I have a Discord server for my Twitch community and I wanted my Tweets to show up in my announcements channel for folks that are not on Twitter. Also I have game specific channels I wanted to bring tweets into. For this tutorial I am just going to show you what I did to bring tweets into Discord using IFTTT which stands for If This Then That. First thing we are going to do is go to the Discord channel you want to bring tweets into, here we are using “#announcements”. Click on the settings cog by the channel name.

Select “Webhooks” on the left tab, then click on “Create Webhook”.

In the “EDIT WEBHOOK” dialog box, put whatever you would like under “NAME”, in the “CHANNEL” selection be sure it’s the channel you want the tweet to show up in. “WEBHOOK ICON” is an image that will show up in the post, I just used my Twitter profile pic. Then copy the “WEBHOOK URL” to notepad. We will use this later.

Now we will will use IFTTT to link Twitter to our Webhook. Visit http://ifttt.com and create an account. Now link your Twitter to the Twitter service. Now it is time to create your applet that will pass the tweet to Discord. Click on “Create”.

Click on “+this”

Click on the Twitter service (you should have already linked your Twitter to this service).

Now we want to choose a trigger. Click on “New Tweet by you” this tells IFTTT when to activate the Tweet.

Now click “Create trigger” If you want to include retweets or @replies just check those boxes.

You can now skip to click “+that”. If you want to use a Twitter account that is not yours. Click on “New tweet by a specific user”.

Now we will say which Twitter account we are grabbing Tweets from. Type in you Twitter account or whichever one you want.

Now click on “+that”.

Now we will choose “Webhooks” as our action service.

It’s the only thing we can select so click on “Make a web request”.

Here is where that URL we copied to notepad is useful, copy it in the URL field, then select “Post”.

Our Content Type is going to be “application/json”.

Now copy the code below into the “Body” field and be sure you change ”@markramsey tweeted” to whatever Twitter name you want. Then click on “Create action”

{ "username":"@markramsey tweeted", "content":"@{{UserName}} tweeted this at {{CreatedAt}}: {{LinkToTweet}}" }

Now you can name your Applet whatever you want. Now turn off the notifications. Hit “Finish” and you have created your IFTTT Applet.

Here is what the final product looks like for me in Discord.

If you want to use Twitter check out my tutorial.

Bringing Instagram photos into Discord channels

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Subscribe to my Twitch channel for free using Amazon Prime

Have Amazon Prime? You can now help support my Twitch channel and get some great free perks as well. One of the many free services that comes with Amazon Prime is Twitch Prime. Once you have Twitch Prime you get one free $4.99 level subscription a month you can give to any Twitch partner or affiliate. Since half of all US households have Amazon Prime, this is a real windfall for Twitch streamers.

How do I activate Twitch Prime?

If you do not have a Twitch account, create one now at http://twitch.tv

Once you have a Twitch account, simply go to http://twitchprime.com to link your Amazon Prime and Twitch accounts.

How do I subscribe to the Twitch channel with Twitch Prime?

Visit my Twitch channel http://twitch.tv/markramsey

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Click on the Subscribe button in the top right corner then subscribe using Twitch Prime.

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How to Farm for Bits on Twitch

You would like to help support your favorite Twitch Streamer but you are strapped for cash. There is one way you can still help. Watching advertisements for Twitch Bits. Bits are a type of currency on Twitch that you can give to your favorite streamers that accept Cheers or Bits. You cheer streamers using Bits.

How can I farm Bits?

  1. You must be in the United States (I have heard it works for some Canadians)
  2. You must view Twitch in a web browser (PC or Mac)
  3. You must turn off all your ad blocking (no you can’t just whitelist Twitch)

If the streamer accepts bits you will see a diamond-like shape in the chatbox.

CLICK ON THIS

Click on the Cheer diamond icon and you will then see this.

CLICK ON “Get Bits”

Click on the “Get Bits” button and you will then see this.

CLICK ON “Watch Ad”

Click on the “Watch Ad” button and you will get an ad to watch, if the button does not show up then you need to really disable your ad blockers. By watching ads you will receive bits, either 5, 10, 25, 50, 75 or 100 bits. Most commonly you will receive 5 or 10 bits. Twitch resets their bits at midnight PST “Twitch Time” that is the best time to start farming, you seem to have a better chance at getting the most bits for the day. I would also recommend using a separate PC than what you are watching the streamer on, because you won’t be a able to hear or see the streamer while watching the ad. If you have any other techniques that have helped you leave them in the comments or send me a message.

I have heard from The_Kramer on Twitch that using “incognito mode” on Chrome seems to help him farm.

So something has happened and I can’t farm for bits anymore. Let me know in the comments if this has happened to you.

If this helped you please follow https://twitch.tv/markramsey and sub and bit me if you wish.

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Tips for PlayStation 4 Streamers on Twitch

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1. Game on Twitch Issue

Double-check that the game being displayed on Twitch is valid. Sometimes, more often that not, the PS4 will attach ™ or ® to the game name. When this happens your game will not show up in the proper game directory on Twitch. A viewer searching for people playing that game will not be able to find you. Simply view the stream on a phone or web browser to detect and fix the issue. Using the Twitch Dashboard you can remove the offending symbols and make sure you are easily visible on Twitch. Here is a link to my tutorial on how to fix it. How to Fix the Twitch Game Category Issue when Streaming from a PS4.

2. Headset

Audio is extremely important in your stream. People are more likely to switch to another channel because your audio is bad than if your video is bad. Test your stream’s audio, make sure you are coming through clearly. Please, please don’t use the microphone built into your PlayStation Camera, that is definitely bad form and sounds like shit.

3. Chat Bots

There are many bots available to use in your Twitch chat. If you are first starting up you could go weeks without having hardly any followers in your chat. A chat bot is not really necessary at first. Once you find you may need a hand, get Nightbot running. You may want to change to another chat bot later, but Nightbot is the biggest and a great place to start. You may find you want certain features that Nightbot does not support, that is great. However, try not to run more than two bots in your channel, it just becomes too overwhelming.

4. Automate your Social Media

Get the message out that you are streaming to the world. Be sure to setup your Twitter and Facebook links via

Settings -> Sharing and Broadcasts -> Link with Other Services

In addition, via

Share Button -> Broadcast Gameplay -> Twitch -> Share Link

Click Twitter and/or Facebook. This will automatically alert your followers on Twitter and friends on Facebook that you are have gone live on Twitch. Twitch also has a feature called Pulse which is a new social feed that will let your followers find out what’s new on your stream and comment as well.

5. Your Connection

When streaming your PS4 needs the fastest upload speed possible. Especially if you want to stream multiplayer games. Connect your PS4 using a direct network cable connection to your Internet modem/router. Do not use Wi-Fi to stream. Make sure other people in the household know you are streaming and make sure they are using the Internet as little as possible. Get the fastest upload speed that you can afford from your Internet provider. Your stream will experience less drops and may even look better to your viewers.

6. Regular Schedule

Try to keep and regular streaming schedule. Twitch now has an events feature, post your schedule there. Stick to it. Your viewers want to know when they can find your stream. The schedule can also help you stream more often which helps build your audience. Do not be afraid to do additional shows, when a new game comes out or if you have a special event, just notify eveyone using your social media tools.

7. Laptop or PC Part of Your Setup

Yes, you can use a phone to watch your chat and manage your Twitch account, but some of the features are limited. If you have a laptop or PC, you should really bring it into your streaming setup. Streaming in your living room with a laptop running chat next to you will really help. If your PC is powerful enough, you may want to consider getting a capture card for your stream. You can bring the PS4 video into the computer and use streaming software like OBS to add video overlays to spice up your stream.

8. What Games to Stream

Choosing what games to stream can be extremely important to your success. Should you stream the most popular games on Twitch? When you are starting out you could get stuck at the bottom of the list in obscurity. I would recommend starting off with a newly released game, it could make it easier to get some exposure. Also, since you are a PS4 streamer, consider streaming games that are PS4 exclusives when they are initially released.

9. PlayStation Camera

If you are going to stream directly stream from your PS4, the PlayStation Camera is the only way to get your face in the stream. Again, try to never use the built-in microphone it is strikingly bad. If you want to use another camera, you will need to use a streaming PC. You can use chroma key or a green screen with the PlayStation Camera.

10. Watch PS4 Streamers

Be sure to watch other PS4 streamers. They may have some great ideas for improving your stream. Find them easily by doing a Twitter search for #ps4live which is the default hashtag. Join a few PS4 streamer communities to get an inside perspective.

11. USB Sound Mixer

If you are streaming directly from the PS4, there is no way to add video overlays or video alerts to your stream. However, there is a way to add audio. If you use a USB sound mixer, the PS4 will detect it as a headset. Just plug the sound mixer into one of the PS4’s USB ports and you will be able to add multiple microphones or audio sources to your PS4 stream. You can then use OBS to trigger audio alerts when people follow or host your stream. You could also add music or other sound effects if you want.

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