Instagram introduces ‘poll’ stickers and other creative tools in Stories

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Instagram has introduced a Poll Sticker in its Stories offering to further boost engagement on a feature that is already being used by 250 million users daily. Polls can be added to Stories just like any other sticker — by dragging and dropping it on the post. Once you pull the sticker, you can customize the two-option poll. It could be a simple Yes-No poll or any other options you wish to offer your followers. People viewing the Story can tap and vote, and view the poll results in real-time — similar to Twitter Polls.

Announcing the new feature on its blog, Instagram stated, “Whether you’re trying to plan tomorrow’s outfit, choosing which class to take or figuring out where to go for dinner, now it’s easy to share a two-option poll right in your story. After you’ve taken a photo or video for your story, select the “poll” sticker and place it anywhere you’d like — you can write out your own question and even customize the poll choices.”

Instagram Stories PollIf you wish to view the results of your poll, you can swipe up to open the viewers list for that part of your Story. It will throw up the number of votes received by each option as well as handles of those who voted in the poll. You can also check who voted for which option. “That way, you’ll be able to compare votes from the friends and followers whose opinions you trust most. And just like your story, your poll and its results will disappear after 24 hours,” Instagram added. ALSO READ: Instagram launches new tools and Kindness stickers for ‘Wellbeing’ of its users

Instagram-Stories-ToolsAlong with Polls, the photo-sharing platform has also introduced two new tools in the form of a a color picker for text, and brushes and an alignment tool for text and stickers. This will help users make their posts more “creative” reckons the Facebook-owned app. When you choose a color for your text or drawing tool, you’ll see a new eyedropper icon in the bottom left. You can select a color from your photo/video and apply it to the text.

The new tools are available on the updated Instagram app on Android and iOS. However, iOS gets an additional “alignment” that will allow users to ensure that their text and stickers are placed at the center of their picture-posts. It is not clear when Instagram will roll out this tool on Android. ALSO READ: Instagram Stories turns one: Here’s everything you need to know

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Twitter Wants You to Use Snapchat-Like Stickers as Visual Hashtags

Twitter Wants You to Use Snapchat-Like Stickers as Visual Hashtags

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  • Unlike Snapchat’s stickers, Twitter’s stickers will be searchable
  • The stickers will also act as hashtags across the website
  • Stickers won’t be counted as characters in the tweet limit

Twitter will have stickers soon, just like Snapchat, so that you can add cute little symbolic expressions of your feelings to your photos. The stickers will be searchable, like a “visual spin on the hashtag,” Twitterexplained in its announcement.

The stickers, Twitter’s announcement emphasizes, are primarily supposed to be fun – the sample illustration shows one user adding some cool sunglasses to an elephant. In the grand tradition of social networks gobbling up features that are already available on other, competing platforms, Twitter’s stickers are a lot like Snapchat’s stickers (except Snapchat’s stickers aren’t searchable).

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Coming soon! Unleash your creativity by adding fun #Stickers to your photos on Twitter: https://blog.twitter.com/2016/introducing-stickers-on-twitter 

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Although it appears that the stickers will only be usable on mobile when they roll out over the coming weeks, anyone – even the weirdos among us who primarily use twitter.com to read Twitter – will be able to click on a sticker in a photo to pull up a feed of how it’s being used across the network. Users can add an unlimited amount of stickers to each photo, each uniquely searchable.

Twitter will rotate the available stickers regularly, although it doesn’t say how often. The library, the company said, will contain “hundreds” of choices at any given time.

We’ll have to wait and see exactly what Twitter rolls out once the new feature is live, but it’s worth noting that the company says stickers will also include ways for users to “show support for a cause.” This is something that will sound familiar to those who have seen the little, Twitter-specific emojis that Twitter regularly attaches to hashtags like #LoveisLove, #BB8, and #ivoted – cool little Easter eggs that have the effect of encouraging like-minded users to actually use those hashtags.

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Connect your photos to the world with a visual spin on hashtags: tap #Stickers to peel back a fun new way to search.

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Although the emoji-carrying hashtags cover a wide variety of issues, it seems fair to say that they tend to pop up on conversations with which Twitter would like to be associated. Like those emoji Easter eggs, Twitter’s stickers will be chosen and controlled by the company.

Also up in the air: how closely the stickers will act like hashtags across the site. The announcement has no specific information on whether third parties will be able to buy promoted stickers, or whether stickers will be able to trend alongside hashtags. Although the company declined to comment, it seems like it would be natural for stickers that are searchable like a hashtag to also trend alongside them.

Paired with Twitter’s recent announcement that media attachments (like photos and gifs) would no longer count towards a tweet’s 140-character limit, it also seems that the new stickers will be another way to squeeze more information into a tweet. As TheNextWeb points out, Twitter users wanting to share support for #pride could simply add a Twitter-provided sticker to a photo, using up zero of that tweet’s characters.

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