Users may or may not be pleased to discover that Twitter will soon allow users to personalise photos that they tweet using “stickers”.
In a blog post the company described the stickers as “a fun new way to add creativity to your photos and connect them to the world on Twitter.”
The blog added that users will be able to “use multiple stickers on a photo, resize and rotate them, and place them anywhere on [a picture].”
The micro blogging site went on to say that the social media platform intends the stickers to be used “to share what you’re doing or how you’re feeling, to show support for a cause, or to just add some flair.”
— Twitter (@twitter) June 27, 2016
The stickers are designed to add a “visual spin on hashtags” and not merely for decoration but add a “new and fun way to search”.
The new feature means that if someone sends you are photo with a sticker on, you can click on that sticker and Twitter will bring up all the related tweets that have used the same sticker or as Twitter puts it “allowing users to see the world through stickers”.
The main advantage of the new functionality is that the stickers won’t use up any of the characters in your tweet.
You can also add a number of different stickers to the same photo as well as providing a rotating set of stickers that you can use should you so wish.
The new capability will be rolled out over the next few weeks for people using Twitter on Android or iOS.
Desktop users will be able to view and click stickers as well. The idea of stickers is not new with Facebook and Snapchat having already introduced their own versions of stickers on their apps.