Facebook releases a new app called “Stickered” few hours back For Messenger that lets you pick a photo, resize and paste a Facebook Sticker on top, and send it to friends. Please note that it is called “Stickered” and not “Stickers”. Actually, “Stickers and photos are two of the most popular ways that people express themselves on Messenger. This is a fun experiment to see how people combine the two” the company tells me. Built by Facebook’s Creative Labs mobile design studio, it’s the first companion app for Messenger.
Stickered For Messenger is now available on Android and is coming to iOS soon. It comes out alongside a big speed boost and new animated sending/sent/delivered/read receipts on Messenger.
Additional updates rolling out today on Messenger include holiday sticker packs seen below and an animation that turns Chat Heads on Android into little snow globes.
With Stickered for Messenger [Correction: not “Stickers”] you first tap the camera button to snap or select one of your photos. You can then choose from hundreds of Facebook Stickers, move them around, tilt and resize them, and then fix them to your photo. Hitting the Messenger icon then sends fast-switches you over to the Messenger app where you can choose which friends to send your little creation to.
While some humans have a way with words, other prefer images to get their point across. Tools like Stickered could give Messenger an edge in the chat app wars, while making its biggest competitor, SMS, look even more ancient.
Stickered isn’t trying to make money directly, at least not yet. But if it can drive lock-in for Messenger in the extremely competitive chat space, it might lead people to use Facebook more as a whole, including the News Feed where the social network shows ads.