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Do You Like Stickers? Twitter Wants to Know.

Twitter is considering a new product that would let you add images to your photos.


Do you like stickers? Do you like putting them on photos you plan to share online? Twitter wants to know!

The company is considering a new product it’s calling “Stickers” that would let you add images to photos before tweeting them out. (It offers something similar with its celeb-only photo app, Twitter Camera.)

Perhaps more interesting than stickers is that Twitter says the feature will let you “see how other users from around the world have edited the same photo” and will also “suggest photos that you can edit and post to participate in trending conversations and breaking news.”

Where will Twitter get these photos? How will it determine which ones to recommend? We don’t know yet. That’s because this product info is from a test the company is running with some users as a way to garner feedback on Stickers (including whether or not people like that name). One of those test users, @XBLFoxes, sent along screenshots from the study.

“We’re always researching potential new ways to make Twitter more expressive,” a spokesperson told Re/code.

Here’s one possibility for how the photo suggestions might work: Twitter could categorize photos based on which stickers they’re associated with. So if a user shares a photo with a heart sticker, for instance, she may be shown other photos that include the same heart sticker.


This is a theory, though, and we don’t know how far along this product is, or whether or not it will make it into users’ hands. But we do know Twitter cares a lot about getting more photos and videos into your timeline. It does this already in a lot of ways by surfacing your camera roll instead of your phone’s keyboard when you compose a tweet on mobile, or showing photo and video previews inline. Plus tweets with images tend to get more retweets and engagement.

So it wouldn’t be a surprise if Twitter started suggesting that users post more photos.

Twitter would not be the first company to build a stickers feature. Facebook lets you add stickers to photos. On Snapchat you can add emojis to photos and videos that look a lot like stickers. Doctoring your photos is meant to be fun, so it’s likely Twitter is trying to appeal to more mainstream users, one of its biggest challenges.

 Stickers on Twitter (L), Facebook (C) and Snapchat.
Stickers on Twitter (L), Facebook (C) and Snapchat.
Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat

The best part of the test might be the name options. “Stickers” is apparently the front-runner, but Twitter also suggested names like “Stamptags,” “Taptags” and “Stickits.”

 The potential names for Twitter's new feature.
The potential names for Twitter’s new feature.

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