Weekly Wrap

It's that time of the week again where we recap some of the biggest stories of the past seven days in one delicious breakfast burrito wrap. This week ingredients include a pinch of the afterlife, a dash of Instagram and a generous helping of Facebook. Enjoy. 


Facebook's Website Now Has Photo Filters And Stickers


Facebook has been offering photo filters on its iOS app for a few years now. However, Facebook revamped its photo uploader tool on its iOS app just a couple of months ago with features like filter previewing using a swipe gesture, an option to overlay text and the ability to paste emoji-like stickers. Now Facebook has added several photo-editing features to its website.

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Eter9 Learns Your Personality So You Can Have a Social Media Profile When You Die


There are many proposed paths to immortality, but few have taken the approach of Eter9. The social network analyzes your post history and learns your personality and interests so it can post on your behalf after your death. The service also lets deceased users rate posts with “smiles”, similar to Facebook’s likes.  So if your Eter9 activity consists mainly of posts about TV shows or movies, your social media ghost will keep that kind of posting up for you after you’ve kicked the bucket. If you post mostly positive, uplifting, or “motivational” style content, so will your AI counterpart. If you’re really into minions, that will unfortunately be your legacy.

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No more cropping: Instagram now lets you post landscapes and portraits


Thanks to Instagram, squared photos are synonymous with smartphone photography– so much so that even Apple made the square an option in the iPhone’s camera app. As popular as Instagram is, the square photo is frustrating – forcing you to either crop or reframe the shot. Recognizing that “one in five photos or videos people post aren’t in the square format,” Instagram now supports landscape and portrait orientations.

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Virginia shooting: Facebook and Twitter told to rethink autoplay video


MPs have called on Twitter and Facebook to take action after many users were confronted with autoplaying videos of the murder of a US TV news crew. The footage was suspected to have been posted by the murderer on Wednesday. Because the sites have set video to play automatically by default, many people saw the video without choosing to when it was shared into their feeds.

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Vine faces the music with new audio editing and discovery tools


The social media platform has announced two new features for users, including a Snap to Beat function to make it easier to create perfectly looping soundtracks to videos, and a Featured Tracks add-on that allows users to find the name and artist details for videos shared on the platform.

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Facebook draws 1 billion users in a single day


The biggest social network on earth keeps getting bigger. Today Facebook announced a huge milestone: a billion people used the service Monday, founder Mark Zuckerberg said in a post. "On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family," he wrote. "When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different. This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it's just the beginning of connecting the whole world."

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