- They use Moments at the bottom of the mobile screen and have it in one of the current tabs at the top.
- They use Moments at the bottom of the mobile screen and add a tab at the top for all #GoLive stuff.
- They actually add a #GoLive button somewhere that is dedicated solely to live streaming content. (I'm going to go ahead and say I hope this is what we ultimately see and I know a lot of you feel this way too.)
My concern is that this stuff needs to be in-your-face obvious for users to find so I’d be more inclined to go with option #3. I can absolutely see a #GoLive button somewhere on the screen that then takes you to a screen with all of their live streaming content nicely organized. It would be sweet and I can only hope that someday we see it.
Based on Noto’s Tweet however it appears that Moments is indeed going to be the vehicle for delivery, at least in the beginning. I do at least understand their wanting to use Moments as a way to do this. It helps the cause and brings more people to it. It utilizes real estate that's already there and designed. And it's probably a pretty easy win for progress on the discovery front for #GoLive content, at least in the near term. As a power Twitter user I do check Moments daily, but I’ll also be the first to admit that it’s totally hit or miss for me content-wise.
The process seems simple enough in that we'd go to Moments and find the game somewhere. But here’s where they could screw things up if they aren’t careful. What if someone goes to Moments and the game isn’t the first thing showing on their screen? Now in theory this shouldn’t be a problem because the first time you check Moments when you first open the Twitter app it goes to the “Today” tab which is an obvious place to put the headline to the game on Thursday (and they should have that headlining that tab all day too). But maybe this is only obvious to me. Maybe they don't even put it on the "Today" tab (and I'd be on record with disagreeing with that move.) But if you go to Moments and swipe a few tabs over then go check your email (or another app) and then go back to Twitter later in the day it’s going to be on the last tab you were on in Moments before you checked your email or whatever app. And if enough time has gone by during the day between Twitter visits, you may not have that in-your-face notice that the game is going on. Not good. Now with this said, I'm pretty sure they're going to hammer the timeline with the game as well and it will be trending for the evening.
Adding a #GoLive tab at the top in Moments could solve a lot of problems. We'd go to Moments and then swipe to the #GoLive tab at the top and then scroll down the screen to see all of the live offerings. But organization is going to be crucial because live streaming on Twitter isn’t just about the NFL. They've got a lot of different stuff coming in sports, finance and other news and entertainment. Whatever they do one of the biggest mistakes they can make as I see it is to have these live streams scattered all over the place with no rhyme or reason. They MUST ultimately live in one location. It seems obvious enough, but hey, I don’t work there so I’m just spitballing here.
There has been a lot of testing leading up to this game on Thursday and I’m excited to see where they stand at this point in the live streaming strategy. I do not expect them to have it all figured out right out of the gate but I do know they've built a great experience thus far and I'll be watching. One of the big advantages to having these ten games is that they can learn, incorporate feedback and iterate. And if it’s one thing I’ve noticed generally speaking with Jack and Adam, they do care what we think and listen to users in trying to make the platform better. These are exciting times for Twitter users and investors, but remember this is one more step forward on Thursday and not the finish line.