Facebook Stickers Now Available In Comments
Facebook always manages to stay in the limelight, be it negative or positive, but you know it’s making headlines either way. Ignoring all the privacy breaches and excessive advertisements, Facebook is still the top social media platform because of its interactivity and features to allow users to express themselves in various ways.
Users can express themselves in the form of statuses, shared posts, pictures, embedded SoundCloud apps and more. And adding to the list is the new sticker availability in comments. Yes, you can use stickers in comments on your Timeline, Groups and Event posts.
Stickers are Facebook’s large emoji-like icons, which have been available within Messages and in the Messenger app for sometime, but were not available in other features of Facebook. Stickers are grouped according to the theme and have expanded to any event like FIFA (referee showing a yellow or red card, German flags and team players) or movies like Despicable Me.
Only a few themes are available originally, but users can get more stickers in Facebook’s in-app Sticker Store. And the best part? They are free!
People have come around to using emoticons and emoji to carry out a whole conversation or convey a message in a hurry, like “taking my dog for a walk” can be shown by just a walking man and a dog now.
“I think stickers will allow people to reply to a variety of posts in a more fun way than words alone,” Facebook engineer Bob Baldwin wrote in a Facebook post. “You can now easily show your excitement for a post with good news, cheer up a friend who’s feeling down, and express a variety of more nuanced reactions.”
These Facebook Stickers were originally the product of a hackathon project by engineers including Bob Baldwin. Initially, they were only introduced in the mobile version of Facebook, but its high usage and demand forced the developers to quickly move onto the web version in Messages.
Similarly, the comments section was barren in the beginning which was made a little interactive with the introduction of emoticons, then the option to comment with pictures and now finally Stickers have made it into the arena as well.
This move by Facebook has excited the users so much, that I’m finding even my own News Feed filled with posts containing threads of pointless stickers in comments.
So far, these themed stickers are free, but it’s not very hard to see Facebook utilizing the high demand of this feature by monetizing it. Social messaging apps like Viber and WeChat already contain in-app sticker stores, but they have to be purchased in order to be sent in chats.