Twitch has rolled out a new private message feature called Whisper. So say you’re in the middle of watching a stream and there’s something you want to tell the streamer, or maybe somebody else in the chat, that you don’t want the rest of the world to see. Twitch Whisper will allow users to send private messages within the chat window. Check out the screenshot Twitch uploaded below.
Whispering will also enable users to communicate across streams, meaning the chat window can now be used to talk to people watching something entirely different to you. Basically, Whisper lets you chat with any other Twitch user, so long as you’re both online.
“Your whisper will show up in-line with the rest of chat on web and mobile apps no matter what channel you’re on,” Twitch said in a blog post announcing the new feature. If you’re watching Lirik and your friend is watching MANvsGAME, you can still whisper to him/her as long as you are both online. But only you and the user you’re whispering to will be able to see the conversation.”
The whisper feature is already live. To use it, just type /w [username] into the chat window and write your message. “The username will autocomplete with the last 5 users you’ve whispered to or received a whisper from during that particular chat session, or you can type a complete username.” Whisper settings can be changed to allow anybody to whisper with you, or to only allow whispers from broadcasters you follow.
Twitch also says they’ve added support for several languages to their iOS and Android apps, “so you can whisper to Twitch users no matter what language you speak.” You will also be able to block users from whispering to you, and if you have more than one chat window open, your whispers will appear in each of them.