Facebook Adds Stickers to Comments


StickersInComments650The addition of stickers to comments is now official, as software engineer Bob Baldwin made the announcement in a Facebook post.

In August, Thodoris Konsoulas of Social Media Life shared a screenshot from a reader, pointing out that the stickers icon appeared next to the camera icon for users to attach images to their comments.

Baldwin wrote in his post:

Stickers have been a delightful way to communicate in messages, and I’m happy to announce that we’re bringing them to comments across Facebook. Just tap the smiley face icon in the bottom-right of any comment field to pick a sticker to send. It’ll be available to all posts from people, in groups and on events now. I think stickers will allow people to reply to a variety of posts in a more fun way than words alone. 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.

Stickers in comments was started as a hackathon project in New York with me and (engineering manager Kwame Thomison), where we built the prototype for Web in a single night. When we turned it on for employees soon after, they loved it. We later built it for mobile web at a hackathon in California, and the iOS and Android versions soon after. Thanks to everyone who helped build this, including Kwame Thomison, Yu Chen, Mike Rumble, Anthony Chan, Michael McDuffee, Vihang Mehta, Mark Peng, Joshua Clark and others. Special thanks to Chris Cox, Chuanxin Hu and Sammi Krug for supporting this project.

Comments has been one of my favorite parts of Facebook to hack on. This was my third hackathon project to add richer content to comments: first was emoji (May 2013), then photos (June 2013) and now stickers. Stickers in comments will roll out worldwide over the next day or so. Enjoy!

Readers: Will you begin adding stickers to your comments?

Screenshot of the ability to add stickers to comments in groups (below) courtesy of Evyatar Shpilman, VisualCommU.