Twitter may be jumping into the stickers game. The company is testing a new product called “Stickers,” which will allow you to affix these graphics right onto any photo before you tweet it out. What’s more, it’s said that there’ll also be a feature suggesting other edits that have been made to the same photo, likely to encourage users to participate in furthering a meme.
First reported by Re/code, Twitter is still researching “Stickers” to see if they have any potential on its service. Twitter certainly wouldn’t be the first to utilize stickers, as other companies like Line, Facebook, Path, and Snapchat have made them available and, in some cases, are even seeing quite a bit of engagement as a result. This wouldn’t be a first for Twitter either, as its Camera app for celebrities and partners already has similar functionality.
If publicly launched, this would represent the latest push by Twitter to boost its photo offering. Over the past couple of years, the company has added filters, along with updates that allow users to include photos in not only the timeline but also in tweets, such as by displaying media in-line.
A spokesperson confirmed the news and provided VentureBeat this statement: “We’re always researching potential new ways to make Twitter more expressive.”
As Twitter deals with a sluggish user growth, perhaps it feels that stickers will help people reconnect with the service. But the more interesting part of this offering is the feature that tells you what others have done with that exact photo. Find a goofy-looking picture of Donald Trump? Twitter could tell you what people have done with it so you can follow along or make your own variation, thereby potentially fostering a meme in real time.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves, as this is still in the research phase and there’s no telling whether Twitter will actually make this service available to the rest of the world.