Many people love using Discord and Guilded to connect with friends and communities online. However, for some, closed-source platforms are less than ideal due to privacy and customization concerns. While Discord and Guilded offer great features, there are also open-source options worth exploring. In this blog post, I'll compare Discord, Guilded, and Matrix - an open-source alternative with its own advantages and disadvantages.
Now, both Discord and Guilded are excellent choices for most
As an independent creator, it's important to take control of your creative content rather than relying entirely on large platforms.
Having your own website or blog allows you to host videos, podcasts, writing, art, and other works on your own domain. This enables you to control how your content is displayed and monetized without worrying about unpredictable algorithms or account suspensions.
While sites like YouTube and Twitter make distribution easy, consider them supplemental to shar
Embedding content and live streams on external websites has become increasingly common in the past few years. For creators and businesses, it offers a convenient way to reach wider audiences and drive more traffic. However, there are also controversies surrounding things like over-embedding and copyright claims that aren't as cut and dry. In this post, we'll explore how to properly embed your content, the potential benefits, and some of the debated issues.
Setting Up Embed Codes
While Discord has become the dominant voice and text chat platform for gaming communities, there is another option that is worth exploring called Guilded. In this post, I'll provide an overview of what Guilded is, how it compares to Discord, and why you may want to consider it as an alternative.
Guilded was created with the goal of providing many of the same features as Discord in a more full-featured and usable interface. At its core, Guilded offers servers with text and voice channels tha
As a live streamer, engaging with your viewers in real time is one of the most important aspects of building a community. However, keeping track of conversations happening across all the different platforms you stream to can be challenging. Whether you’re streaming to YouTube, Twitch, Trovo, and more simultaneously or just using multiple services, Social Stream is an invaluable tool for aggregating all those chat feeds into one cohesive view.
Social Stream is a free Chrome browser extension
Notion is a highly versatile note-taking and productivity application that allows you to organize pretty much anything you can think of. Whether you need to manage tasks, create to-do lists, take notes, or build out full databases and wikis, Notion has you covered. In this blog post, we'll explore what Notion is, how its pricing plans work, and some examples of how you can use it to be more productive.
So what exactly is Notion? At its core, Notion is a note-taking and task-management tool
Discord has become one of the most popular platforms for online communities and conversations in recent years. With its focus on voice chat and dedicated text channels, it provides an engaging space for discussion. However, as with any tool, it's important to understand both its strengths and limitations. Let's take a deeper look at Discord servers to analyze what they can offer and where they may fall short.
An Overview of Discord
Discord is a free voice, video, and text communication
As an advocate for alternative communication platforms, I've long been impressed by the features and implementation of Guilded. In today's landscape, many users are looking for options beyond what Discord offers through its controversial Nitro paywall system. That's where Guilded shines as a free-to-use alternative with a robust set of included features.
In previous videos on my Indie Creator Hub YouTube channel, I've highlighted some of Guilded's top advantages over Discord for both indivi
As the intro music plays in the background, I want to thank you all again for stopping by for the first two hours of the night. This is normally when I would choose a game completely random from my Steam library collection and play it blind for you guys since these titles usually have zero hours played. We'll critique it, review it, and have some fun in the process. At the end of the two hours, I'll give my overall thoughts - is it worth replaying? Absolute garbage? Just what I think after exper
If you've been streaming regularly on Trovo over the past few months, you've likely noticed some significant changes to the platform's interface and features. Trovo has been hard at work overhauling key areas to provide streamers with more robust community tools and a better overall viewing experience for audiences.
While some of these updates caused initial frustration among longtime Trovo users accustomed to the old layout, taking time to understand the goals and benefits of these c
We all remember the early days of online communities - those of us who have been online for a while will fondly recall the Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) of the 1980s and 90s. While something of a precursor to modern forums and social networks, BBS laid the groundwork for bringing people together in online spaces to share information and ideas.
It was forums, however, that really helped online communities blossom in the late 90s and 2000s. Forums provided a centralized place for members' thou
If you want to display your chat on screen when you're streaming, there are a few different options available but one method I'm going to show you uses Mix It Up, a handy bot that works for Trovo, Twitch, and soon YouTube as well. Let's jump right in and get started.
One of the first things you'll need to do after installing and setting up Mix It Up is to go into the settings menu by clicking the gear icon in the upper left or right corner. Then select "Overlays" from the menu. Make sure th
Streaming platforms like Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Gaming may seem interchangeable on the surface. But scratch beneath that veneer, and one constant theme emerges - viewer loyalty.
When Mixer made waves in 2019 by signing exclusive deals with top Twitch stars Ninja and Shroud, many speculated their loyal fanbases would follow in droves. However, that loyalty proved far more nuanced. While Ninja and Shroud did bring some viewers over, the majority remained dedicated to Twitch rather than
We've all experienced the soul-crushing fear that comes with a looming doomsday scenario. Whether it's through movies, books, or real-world events, the threat of total annihilation can throw our humanity into sharp relief. In 60 Parsecs, developers Mortewolt throw the player into just such a situation - hurled helplessly through space as a nuclear weapon bears down with destructive intent. However, instead of inducing panic, 60 Parsecs uses its high-stakes premise to explore what truly makes us
There is a really growing problem within the Trovo streaming sphere, called treasure boxes. The problem is that box farmers are causing discomfort for many streamers and outright driving some away from the platform. Now, why is this happening?
When treasure boxes were first introduced several months ago, it was to help streamers get their streams out to a wider audience for a little monetary incentive. The idea was that you would gain more viewers on your channel by offering treasure boxes.
Coming into 198X, you immediately get that feeling of being immersed in an 80s movie. Sweeping camera pans introduce the scenes and settings while the synth-heavy soundtrack perfectly captures the vibe of that era. Within just a few minutes of starting a new game, I was effectively transported back to the 1980s just by the aesthetics and attention to authentic detail.
The core story focuses on our main character, an unnamed teenager, who discovers an abandoned arcade one day and begins usin
For a while now, we've been complaining and eventually getting used to the growing amount of advertising that is being added on top of the live-streaming service of Twitch. It was inevitable that ads would become synonymous with live streaming and of course, there was a very small minority of viewers who would make it known quite loudly about the degradation of the viewership experience on Twitch.
Throughout social media sites like Reddit, Twitter, and even TikTok many would proclaim that t
The feeling of the art animation and style is very reminiscent of that of a dream. Where the world and characters have this fuzzy look about them. I think that this was a design choice for immersion of the player experiencing the game and brings you a little bit more into the story.
Speaking of the story it was interesting in seeing how the choices you make for both Harry and Kurt effect the story as it continues. Harry's story starts as this wide-eyed wonder with some sense of wantin
For many independent content creators, YouTube has long been the dominant platform for growing an audience and generating income from videos. However, relying solely on YouTube ads and monetization comes with risks as algorithm changes and policy updates are always looming. In this article, we will explore a variety of alternative methods creators can use to generate revenue and diversify their income streams beyond just YouTube.
Patreon and Ko-Fi for Direct Fan Support
Two popular cro