When looking for the best way to manage your stream, the bots that you can add to your channel via Streamelements, Nightbot, and other popular services make it very easy. They include built-in moderator features to monitor your chat and remove any language that you don’t approve of, along with present commands that will broadcast a message to everyone currently viewing.
Setting up commands is easy. Heading into the dashboard settings of the bot will allow you to set up the bots in your channel and give them commands for use in your stream. While normal Twitch commands use the forward-slash key, the bots work with the exclamation mark key, meaning that using it will bring up the contents of the command.
For example, if a person in chat enters “!commands”, this will typically bring up a link that shows a list of available commands in the channel. These commands below will also do wonders for interacting with your community.
Here are the best commands for your Streamelements and Nightbots.
Short for shoutout, this is one of the most important tools that you can use to build goodwill with anyone who also streams or raids your channel. What this does is present an opportunity for your viewers to check out anyone that you want to give a shoutout to as an easy link.
By using “!so @TwitchUser”, you can create an instant link to that user’s channel. This is especially helpful for smaller streamers who are looking to introduce more people to like-minded creators that you also enjoy.
!game & !title
These two commands will be incredibly useful as your channel grows and more viewers take up your attention. Viewers who use the !game command will trigger the bot to confirm what game you’re playing on stream, while your moderators can use it to notify Twitch of a game change for your stream category. For example, if you start with Call of Duty: Warzone and switch mid-stream to Fortnite, a moderator can use “!game Fortnite” to confirm the category as Fortnite to Twitch for you.
Similarly, the !title command is an easy way to make amendments to the title of your stream. Use it along with the new title that you want to give your stream and it will change it immediately for everyone. Your moderators can also help with this.
The act of lurking on Twitch involves a viewer entering into a stream and keeping the stream active while they are doing other tasks. This is an easy way to indirectly show support to a streamer, as it will boost their viewer count while the “lurker” isn’t directly interacting with the chat. The more active viewers there are in a channel, the more favorable the algorithm for discoverability on Twitch will be for you.
Adding a command in the vein of “!lurk” allows people to let the streamer know that they are lurking while the bot responds by offering them a short message thanking them for stopping in the stream. It’s not always necessary and isn’t used by everyone, but it can be very helpful to see who is supporting you.
If you want to offer something back to your viewers by offering a giveaway, the !giveaway command will allow you to present any competitions that you are running easily to your viewers. It’s a great way to interact with them, and the features built into the bot often allow you to ensure that it’s done right.
The hassle of getting together all the names for your giveaway is taken away and replaced with an easy drawing system. This keeps proceedings fair and balanced, and allows for a smooth giveaway.
Built into the StreamElements bot is the ability to set up what it calls the roulette module. This allows viewers to build up “points” that can then be used for a roulette-style function. There is explicitly no real money involved here, and the points can’t be used for anything other than to be top of a leaderboard.
The module can help with interactivity in the chat while also giving a good indication of who is a regular within your channel, even if they aren’t actively using the feature. You will need to activate it in your Modules on StreamElements for it to work.