Twitter adds stickers, emoji for photos

It all about filters these days on social media.

Snapchat has mastered the art of filters and has enhanced user experience on the app.

Facebook has made an image filtering acquisition of its own to keep up the messaging pace. Now Twitter has joined the race.

Twitter will begin letting users add virtual stickers to the photos you post, the company said today.

Hundreds are available at launch, including the standard Unicode emoji and some original work from Twitter.

The company is also creating collections of stickers that are pegged to the time of year and events — right now there are stickers for graduation and 'the start of summer,' for example.

Twitter has given them one unique twist: you can search them like hashtags. Tap on a sticker inside a tweet and you'll be taken to a new timeline that shows you how it's being used around the world.

Whenever you take a photo, you can drop in a few stickers before you tweet it. Just like that, poof: more fun photos. There’s a standard set of stickers, plus Twitter’s going to be making them for big events, too.

If you've ever added a sticker to a Snapchat post, Twitter's sticker feature will feel familiar. You can resize them, rotate them, and add multiple stickers to each post. You'll be able to add stickers from the Twitter apps for Android and iOS, and view and search them from the web. The feature is rolling out now and will be available to everyone within a couple weeks, the company says.

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