On Monday, June 27th, Twitter announced the arrival of #Stickers. The new feature will allow Twitter users to tag their photos and images by choosing and applying one of the hundreds of stickers soon to be available.
The #Sticker feature will allow all such tagged public images and photos to be searchable, in the same way Hashtags are used to search Tweets.
Some could look at Twitter’s visual hashtags and call out the microblogging site on attempting to imitate Instagram. The latter boasted on reaching 500 million active users earlier this month. With Twitter user activity averaging out at close 310 million active users, the service could be seen as trying to catch.
#Stickers is not Instagram though, just as much as Twitter is not Facebook. Although #Stickers could end up serving a similar service of visual entertainment, it only adds to what Twitter already was.
While Instagram has half a billion active users liking, commenting, and sharing content, the actual number of daily posts has been scarce. Twitter, on the other hand, is flooded with millions of photos which tend to be more frequent and spontaneous than Instagram’s.
#Stickers allows users to organize their own photos, to give them a unique twist, and to provide them with the opportunity to be shared in an easier way worldwide.
The feature will be available to Twitter users, through the already integrated image editing option. Stickers will be organized in several categories, and the current library has several hundreds of them. Based on how much popularity the feature will be gaining, more stickers could be coming, similar to Facebook Messenger own sticker system.
#Stickers will also have a Featured category, which will include Live Stickers connected to world news, calendar events. The Stickers were obviously designed to make sharing and connecting easier and fun.
A Sticker can only be used in photos and images. They can be placed anywhere in the picture, with additional options to resize and rotate. Possible options like changing the color or combining stickers could be soon coming if there is enough demand for it.
Tapping on a Sticker already placed in a photo will take the user to a Timeline view of all public Twitter photos with the same sticker.
The feature will be made available for Android and iOS in the following weeks. #Stickers will be integrated into the Desktop Twitter and official extensions as well.
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