Twitter is believed to be testing the use of stickers in its bid to reach out to a wider section of the audience, reports ReCode.
The entire thing is still in the testing phase though with a select group getting to use the feature. The feedback thus received will help Twitter plan its future course of action, which means whether to go for a wider launch of the feature among its entire user base.
Of course, there will be twists built into it to add to its appeal. For instance, the feature will also allow users to “see how other users from around the world have edited the same photo.” Based on these, the feature will “suggest photos that you can edit and post to participate in trending conversations and breaking news.”
With exact details missing, one way the above can be deciphered is that user will have an option to play around with images other people have shared besides their own set of images. That sort of thing will no doubt add a new dimension to viral news stuff for which Twitter serves as a ready breeding ground.
Stickers have been steadily gaining ground among users of messaging or even social media apps as a fun way to spruce up their pictorial messages or social interactions. However, those might not be referred to as Stickers in the first place if an initial lot of users who are participating in the experiment so suggest.
“We’re always researching potential new ways to make Twitter more expressive,” said a company spokesperson to Re/code but declined other pertinent questions. These include from where Twitter intends to source the stickers or how exactly will its suggestive mechanism going to work.
The microblogging site has been seen struggling to keep its flock together while growth too has stagnated. One of the reasons Snapchat has been so widely popular is its innovative use of stickers. Facebook too has recently announced it will adopt stickers for use in its messaging app. Under the circumstances, Twitter’s move to adopt stickers could be seen as a desperate attempt to bring more users within its fold.