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Twitch's identity crisis...
PLUS: TikTok's ascent as a search hub
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In the spotlight: Twitch's identity crisis
From gaming glory to uncertain future
Twitch, once the undisputed king of livestreaming, finds itself at a crossroads. Riding high on the pandemic wave, the platform witnessed an unprecedented surge, turning gamers into celebrities and games into cultural phenomena. Fast forward to today, and the story is less triumphant. Let's break down Twitch's journey from triumph to turmoil.
Genre struggles: Gaming vs. mainstream Tussle
Roots to rifts: Born as Justin.TV in 2007 and acquired by Amazon in 2014, Twitch's gaming roots clashed with ambitions to be a mainstream entertainment hub.
Exclusivity drama: Disputes with streaming heavyweights like Ninja and xQc showcased the platform's internal identity crisis.
User woes: Neglected experience, community chaos
UX Neglect: Twitch's failure to prioritize user experience and reluctance to invest in on-demand content left a sour taste.
Community Clash: #ADayOffTwitch highlighted harassment issues, signaling a need for better community management tools.
Competition quandary: Trailing YouTube, Amazon's influence
Feature fumbles: Attempts to emulate YouTube's success fell short, revealing Twitch's struggle to evolve beyond live content.
Corporate conflicts: Amazon's influence steered Twitch away from non-gaming ventures, leaving the platform at odds with its own identity.
In the bigger picture: Twitch's recent tweaks and brand adjustments aim to right the ship, but layoffs, CEO shuffles, and internal strife linger. Profitability remains elusive, and the distinction between gaming haven and mainstream hub blurs. As competitors gain ground, Twitch faces a daunting question: Can it rediscover its magic and reignite its livestreaming dominance?
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TikTok's ascent as a search hub
Unveiling TikTok's search appeal
TikTok, the reigning champ of short-video content, is making waves in the search realm, especially among Gen-Z users. While it's not dethroning Google, a recent Adobe Express survey sheds light on TikTok's emergence as a unique search tool, uncovering what users seek and why TikTok trumps traditional search engines.
The quest on TikTok: From recipes to personal stories
The survey snapshot: Adobe Express surveyed 808 US-based respondents, revealing that TikTok's users turn to it for diverse searches, spanning recipes, music, DIY tips, fashion, beauty, and workouts.
Beyond the basics: Brands eyeing TikTok should cater content to answer questions on these trending topics, realizing the platform's potential as an influential discovery tool.
Style matters: Preferred video content on TikTok
Visual preferences: Users favor "video tutorials," "product or service reviews," and "personal stories or anecdotes" on TikTok, while showing less interest in "short, digestible text slideshows" or "Q&As or interviews."
A peek into searches: Top searches on TikTok include new recipes, music, DIY tips, fashion advice, and workout routines, presenting a roadmap for content creators.
Why TikTok over Google? The user perspective
Short-video magic: Users find TikTok's "short-video format more informative and digestible," a sentiment echoed by those drawn to its "storytelling aspect," personalized content, and up-to-date information.
Distinctive appeal: TikTok users appreciate its interactive experience, seamless integration into social media habits, diverse perspectives, and the ability to see products in real-world settings.
Top 10 reasons users prefer TikTok over traditional search engines
The short-video format is more informative and digestible.
I enjoy the storytelling aspect of TikTok videos.
The content is more personalized.
The information is more current.
I enjoy the interactive and immersive experience.
It's more integrated into my social-media browsing habits.
It curates diverse perspectives and unique ideas.
It offers a sense of community and interaction.
It provides more user reviews and experiences.
I can see products in the real world.
Despite TikTok's ascent in search popularity, it's still a contender among giants, with Google maintaining its undisputed lead. While 64% of Gen-Z users turn to TikTok for searches, only 17% of US consumers deem it the "most helpful," trailing significantly behind Google's 91%. As TikTok shapes its role in the search arena, the battle for user attention unfolds.