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Twitter Is Testing A New “Stickers” Feature For Photos

March 23, 2016 - Written By Mihai Matei

Stickers have become a popular feature on various messaging applications and social media platforms, and according to a fresh report, Twitter is now considering adding stickers to its own service. At the moment, the feature is being tested by a closed group of Twitter users. The company collects feedback in regards to the feature itself and also asks participants to share their thoughts on what the feature’s final name should sound like. For now, the project is called “Stickers”.

Although Twitter doesn’t force users to add photos to their tweets, previous studies have shown that tweets containing images are much more likely to be retweeted. There’s an old saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words”. With this idiom in mind and considering that Twitter has a limit of 140 characters per tweet, a picture might be worth even more for Twitter users. But what about stickers? Could they help in making Twitter a more expressive way of communicating with your followers? This is basically what Twitter is trying to find out by performing tests in collaboration with a number of Twitter users. The company is working on a new feature tentatively named “Stickers”, which would allow Twitter users to add stickers to their photos. Moreover, the feature is apparently designed to show you how other users from around the world have edited the same photo as you did using Stickers, and further suggest photos that you might want to “edit and post to participate in trending conversations”. As yet there’s no clear answer as to how these photos will be picked and suggested to Twitter users.

It’s worth noting that Twitter has yet to decide on the final name for the feature. While it’s currently referred to as “Stickers”, the company suggests other monikers to testers and asks them to list the names from favorite to least favorite. Other candidates include “Stamps”, “Stamptags”, “Remix”, “Stickits”, “Taptags”, and even “Portals”. Although there’s no guarantee that the feature will be implemented in the future, it does sound like a strong possibility, especially since stickers have become rather popular and have been available in Facebook Messenger since late 2014.