As a small update to Cheering, Twitch released a feature that would pin the most recent Cheer to the top of the chat. Previously, Cheers would go with the regular flow of chat and a Cheer could get lost in more active channels. To make them more noticeable, Partners can choose to have them stick to the top of the chat window until a new Cheer comes in. Pinned Cheers can still be moderated so if someone wants to Cheer just to yell at you, you can flag it or block it as you so see fit. Likewise, the Cheer-er can choose to unpin the message or the broadcaster or mods can unpin the Cheer with a button or typing /unpin in chat.
Twitch is very forward about the fact that this is just the first step in the evolution for Bits and Cheers and have already implemented an update based on feedback. The Pinned Cheer already adheres to your minimum Cheer limit for your channel but if you want to set one for the Pinned Cheer specifically, you can also set a minimum for that as well.
If you are a Twitch Partner with cheering enabled on your channel, you can opt into pinned cheer messages by going to your Partner Settings -> Pinned Cheering Settings.
Even with this small update, this feature could still do with some tweaks. For one thing, there’s no way for viewers to just disable Pinned Cheers if they don’t want to see them for whatever reason. Also a set of toggles on the broadcaster end to set minimum and maximum display times for Pinned Cheers would be nice. And I don’t know what the options look like personally but specifically blocking words for the Pinned Cheer might be useful to help curb people using the pinned message as a form of advertisement or spam.
This is all from a feature that is a couple days old, however, so we’ll keep our eyes open for more updates. If anything, this does mean in some small way that Twitch is putting both feet forward with Cheers and trying to come up with some kind of way to utilize Bits as more than just a money exchange. For more info on Bits and Cheers, check out our article on the feature.
Source: Twitch Blog