On Aug. 11, Fortnite streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins gave away his number to fans via Twitter. In a video attached to the tweet, Blevins asked his fans to text him and fill out some information so they could stay in contact. Blevins said he would personally respond to a handful of fans and further promised to group up with some to play Fortnite later in the week.
We tested it out, and sent Ninja a quick text. The response is a crafted message (pictured above) asking fans to sign up so they can keep in contact with their favorite streamer.
One section reads: “additionally, you understand that a message sent by a Client may appear to come from a celebrity or other famous individual or influencer but may actually be sent to on his/her behalf by the public relations or other social media representatives.”
Summed up, those texts won’t always be from Ninja; his team may use it to sell you stuff, and Community can make use of your data.
If you’re a Ninja super-fan, it’s possible this new Community feature could lead to you playing a match with him in Fortnite — Blevin tweeted that he’s been replying to fans with personal videos. But it’s worth knowing what you’re subjecting yourself to before you sign up.
Ashton Kutcher launched a similar service through Community earlier this year.