First Click: Are new iMessage stickers useful or annoying as hell?

September 16th, 2016


Sticker protocol is a peculiar thing. I love placing stickers on the bottom of skateboards or the tops of laptops. They’re also useful on city light poles and toilet stalls when it’s time to guerrilla market your new band. On the other hand, there’s a special place in hell for stores that put ultra-sticky, impossible-to-remove stickers on household goods. Same for laptop makers who insist on slathering the palm-rest with NVIDIA, Intel, Energy Star, and Windows branding. But put that Microsoft flag into the fleecy paws of a ninja cat riding into battle atop a raging white unicorn and you’ve won me back. Like I said, peculiar.

I’m not sure what to make of the sudden burst of stickers that now dominate my Messages timeline after updating my iPhone to iOS 10. My colleague Sam Byford in Japan, a Line and sticker fanatic, tells me to get used to it because glitter and flair is the future of messaging. "Once you get used to them," he says, "they're a quicker way to express complex thoughts." Tom Warren meanwhile, a British man living in Britain, is not amused. "%$##$%@$!!#," he says while impotently shaking his meat pie at the kids on his lawn.

I’m torn, personally. Facebook Messenger has stickers but few of my friends use it. Most are on the sticker-less WhatsApp service or iMessage. That makes the new Messages app my first real exposure to sticker communications. I expect the sudden glut of imagery, GIFs, and fireworks to find a more modest equilibrium as early enthusiasm wanes. Yeah, it’s annoying at times, and incongruous — but it’s also fun, at least until one my friends discover the new Grammar Snob sticker pack and starts red-lining my chats.

What about you? Stickers in communication apps; yes or no?

What do you think about stickers in chat apps like Messages?
Thank you for your vote
0 total votes

Five stories to start your day

  1. Make enemies for life with this grammar Nazi sticker pack for iMessage

    The addition of stickers to iOS 10 has been an absolute mess. You might love it, you might hate it, but you can't deny that the ability to litter conversations with cartoons of pizzas, pokémon, and...

  2. Julian Assange says he'll turn himself in if Obama pardons Chelsea Manning

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would turn himself in to US authorities if President Barack Obama grants clemency to Chelsea Manning, the organization said on Twitter Thursday. WikiLeaks'...

  3. Only 130,000 Note 7s in the US have been exchanged so far

    Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 wasn’t officially recalled in the US until just this afternoon, and the company’s efforts to get customers to turn in their devices earlier has only resulted in a fraction...

  4. Elon Musk ‘hopes’ to have new Tesla Autopilot ready by Wednesday

    Elon Musk has said he hopes to introduce the latest version of Tesla's Autopilot software next week. The update comes after a Tesla Model S driver was killed in a fatal car crash while using...

  5. The Grand Tour with ex-Top Gear hosts is coming to Amazon on November 18th

    The Grand Tour — the new show from ex-Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May — is coming to Amazon Prime Video on November 18th. Amazon announced the show's premiere date in...

Vape of the day

Reticulating poll splines...

Loading comments...