Chat bots are essential to automate many tasks and to entertain your viewers. They also supply a vital role in keep your viewers and yourself safe. In this article I talk you through some of the chat bots I have used and the one I use now.
If you are not tech savvy, no worries. I will let you know which bots are the easiest to use and set up.
What Is A Chat Bot?
Chat bots are pieces of software that you either download and install on your PC or you access them via a website. The later is a great option to keep your chat bot active even when you are not streaming.
A chat bot will help you to maintain an active and safe environment for your listeners and yourself.
They can differ on complexity and function to the point where you can create your own commands.
When looking at chat bots your bot needs to have the bare essentials which form your basic protection, these are :
- URL Blocking – stops people promoting they’re own streams etc.
- Bad Words – blocks the usage of offensive words.
- Commands. This allows you to create some interactivity into your streams.
- Timers. Sending timed messages at random or regular intervals.
This is just the basic needs to help you create a shared and interactive stream for your viewers.
Which Chat Bots?
There are lots out there, I have tried many so here is my take on which ones I found best. This list however will be in ease of use order, starting with the easiest first.
I will focus on Twitch for this article but some of these boys can be used for YouTube too.
Nightbot: A great starter bot with plenty of functions to get you going and give you the experience of using a bot. Very well laid out interface with pretty self explanatory function headings. This bot is web based so no need to download anything and also means it’s always on.
** TIP: remember to use the /addmod function in your twitch chat to allow the bot to have access and full functionality.
Cloudbot: This bot is included with Streamlabs so many of you will have access to this one. It is more complicated than Nightbot but it it possible to only use what you need and it will grow with you. Again this bot is web based so will run 24/7.
MixItUp: After the demise of Mixer the team at MixItUp have ported their bot over to Twitch. This bot you download onto your PC. It looks very complex and can be daunting for new streamers, but as with other bots you can pick and choose what you want to use. So it can grow with you. It is great bot and one I used for a very long time.
Wizebot: This is my current chat bot of choice. It looks quite complex to the novice eye, but can again pick and choose what you need. It grows with you and as some unique features I have yet to find elsewhere, one being able to track un-followers on Twitch.
Wizebot is in constant development and it boasts an excellent dev team that backs that up. It is web based and runs 24/7. There are paid options that allows you to expand this bot even further.
It also includes it’s own Twitch extensions so integration can be taken even further, the leaderboard is excellent and you can see this on my Twitch profile
So you can possibly tell I love Wizebot and it is my bot of choice and would easily recommend it to all. You can read more in depth of it’s feature set by visiting their website.
Chat Bots Conclusion
As with many things to do with streaming it is finding a bot that suits you. Many are free or offer a free tier, so it is worth trying a few out before you make that final decision. Just remember the basic you need and you can’t go far wrong.
If you use a bot that you would recommend, please let me know in the comments below and tell us what you like about it.
Today a new kid on the block appeared BeepBot. I have been following it’s development for some time. Originally a Mixer bot it is now being ported over to Twitch. I will write about it in another article soon once I have managed to try it out. You can check it out for yourself by taking a look at their website.