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The feature is in the testing stage at the moment, though it appears that it could be coming to users in the future

Twitter is considering rolling out a new feature called “Stickers” that would let its users add drawings on top of pictures.

The feature would let people overlay images on top of existing photos, according to a report from Re/Code. It could be an expansion of a secret app offered to celebrities called Twitter Camera – an exclusive app that allows those that are given it to have a “custom photo experience” and produce exclusive pictures and gifs for Twitter.

As well as adding those stickers, the feature might let people all edit the same photo, and the app would suggest which ones people might want to post. When users do so, they would be able to “see how other users from around the world have edited the same photo”, according to Twitter.

The feature was leaked in a test that the company is running, which allows select people to see the feature and give feedback on whether they want to use it or not. The study asks select Twitter users how they’d feel about the Stickers feature – whether or not they’d like to use it, as well as what it might be called.

Some of those potential names include Stamptags, Taptags and Stickits, as well as stickers, according to screenshots from the study.

It is still far from clear how the feature would work, and whether or not Twitter will ever actually implement it. Re/Code suggests that the feature might let people add heart stickers on top of their pictures, for instance, which would then allow the site to group all of the pictures that include hearts together.

“We’re always researching potential new ways to make Twitter more expressive,” a spokesperson told Re/code.

The feature would be yet another way that Twitter is looking to encourage people to post more photos into their timeline. Other such moves have included showing full size previews within people’s tweets, and showing users their camera roll when they go to compose a tweet on mobile.