Weekly Wrap

Does social media lead to depression? Who rules the Instagram roost? How are writers using Twitter? Find out below...

Authors are turning Twitter into a literary genre, 140 characters at a time


Award-winning author David Mitchell is writing a new short story, and you can read his work-in-progress on Twitter.

Over the past four days, Mitchell has intermittently posted tweets from the perspective of his narrator, an obsessive stalker and hacker. The story is told in the style of slang-filled tweets, rather than 140-character snippets of narrative. But the Twitter handle @I_Bombadil is a reference to a Tolkien character, and there are frequent cultural allusions amid the hashtags and emojis.

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Introducing Landscape


You asked, we delivered! In the latest version of iOS and Android, Periscopers can now hold their phones either in portrait or landscape. Here’s how it works: Viewers can continue holding their device in portrait, or match the broadcaster’s orientation to maintain full screen video. Either way, you’ll never need to tilt your head to watch sideways video.

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Twitter updates on iPad for a unified experience across devices


Twitter’s latest update on iPad has a responsive design that brings its features and interface more in line with the iPhone app.

The new version is just in time for Apple’s scheduled announcement of new mobile devices that will likely sport different form factors than their predecessors.

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Move over Kim Kardashian: Taylor Swift now Instagram's most popular user


She can make Apple bend to her will and has seven Grammys under her belt. Now Taylor Swift can add yet another accolade to that list: Queen of Instagram.

On Wednesday, the singer usurped Kim Kardashian as the social network's most popular user. At the time of writing, Swift boasts 45.9 million followers to Mrs. Kanye West's 45.7 million.

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Social Media Obsession Linked To Depression


The pressure on teenagers to be always available on social media can lead to depression, anxiety and low self-esteem, according to a new report.

The research, carried out at the University of Glasgow, says the emotional investment involved in being available 24/7 is a major factor in reducing sleep quality.

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