Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.
Skype-owned mobile messaging company GroupMe has expanded its sources of income after becoming the latest service to embrace paid stickers.
‘Premium emoji’ packs are initially for GroupMe for iOS only and include: ‘most wanted’ and South Park and, interestingly, dedicated designs for the University of Alabama and the University of Texas.
There’s no formal sticker shop, but the paid-for emoji can be found in the emoticon tray within the chat conversation window.
Viber, MessageMe, Kik, WeChat, Line, Path, Kakao Talk and Maaii are among those already offering paid-for emoticons — will we be adding Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to the list soon?
Thumbnail image via Scott Beale / Laughing Squid
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