Hello, I’ve been watching TWiT shows for over 10 years now (I’ve been watching since I was around ~12, never saw The Screen Savers or TechTV when it was around) and have some feedback on the shows and production.
1. Enable Archives on livestream platforms like Twitch/Mixer
Since most new shows now are gonna audio-only but are still recorded live on camera, it might make sense to leave the “past broadcast” archives platforms like Twitch make up till they automatically delete them ~1 week later or you guys could even probably automatically set up an API call to those platforms to delete the VoD’s on a scheduled task every 1-3 days.
This would accomplish a couple things.
- People can watch the production of an audio-only show without you guys having to put the man hours in to properly produce a video podcast (which as mentioned before, is not ideal due to 90% of people listening to audio).
- Your visitor FAQ mentions you are allowed to upload clips of your apparences on TWiT if someone records it for you. By enabling Archives, you yourself could go back to get it even if you don’t have someone who could do it for you.
2. Show graphics need updating for “classic” shows.
A lot of the newer shows like HoT and Tech News Weekly have drastically improved intros that aren’t just the podcast cover art (like TWiG) or a really old animation that feels dated (AAA looks insanely out of date with that super glossy 3D models and old Android font). They really need some updates to match newer shows as it makes these older ones look very cheap in comparison.
Same goes for things like Lower Thirds, new ones like HoT and HoP look so much better than the gradients used on shows like TWiT and AAA. Also I wish more shows adopted similar practices to those shows where the the lower third doesn’t stay on screen the entire show, we already know the people’s names and that it’s episode X, they can be off the screen for most of the show only leaving a logo bug (like what Tech News Weekly does when they are on websites) the rest of the time.
3. A Couple Show Ideas
- Gaming is really big part of tech so having a show covering gaming news would be a smart move. I remember when Game On used to be a thing and I think having a gaming show is a good idea that should be experimented with again but definitely not in a format like that. No big studio production, no LAN parties, etc. Just news, reviews, and opinions discussed at a roundtable like TWiT.
- Maybe some type of music/audio focused show, a lot of music involves technology and I think Jason could be a perfect host for it since he makes music as Yellowgold. This would also be a good fit for the new focus on audio-only podcasts since a show about audio doesn’t necessarily need visuals.
4. Other misc. improvements
- Add a dark mode to the website with a toggle on the bottom of the page and support auto-toggling it using Browser APIs that follow system-wide themes.
- Re-record the intro. It’s cool that you guys are reverting to the original “Podcasts You Love” intro that was only used in two TWiT episodes from 2006 before Apple sued another company so you changed to Netcasts but the quality feels a bit off compared to the newer “Netcasts” recording. I think it would be great if you guys got some new recordings of it. Maybe the same people if they can still be reached, you could get Jim Cutler who does the “Previously on TWiT” bumpers, or maybe even have hosts do it (possibly make multiple variations so it doesn’t get stale?).
- Maybe setup something like an official Discord, Slack, Rocket.chat, Matrix, etc. server? It would allow more discussion during off-show hours by more people (since a lot of people who are growing up now don’t know how to and don’t care to use IRC), allow more detailed conversations with images/videos, and could work in tandem with the IRC chat (you could have a bridge channel that connects to the IRC for the live chat). It could also work great for show hosts to gather news topics shared by the community or to directly ask for feedback.
- As an addon to point 3, Twitch chat can work over IRC, setting up a relay to work with the main streaming platform you show on the website might be a better solution than just locking the chat off using Sub only mode. Just like the last point, it wouldn’t replace the IRC chat, just complement it for people who might not want or know how to use IRC.
Most of these above are minor changes that I believe would overall add a bit more polish to the network and help bring in more of the younger tech audience of late 10s-early 20s considering the network currently skews more towards late 20s-60s which will definitely be needed eventually as you can’t forever rely on “nostalgia” for a dead show/TV channel. I’ve been watching TWiT for years and feel emotionally attached as it’s something I grew up with during a rough time in my life, I would hate to see the network vanish from not adapting to newer audiences. My suggestions are nowhere near enough of course but are relatively quick, minor fixes that would be a good start.