Published On: Thu, Feb 4th, 2016

Facebook turns 12

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Facebook is giving friendship collages to its 1.6 billion users in celebration of the social network’s 12th birthday.

The collages will be packaged in video presentations of photos of friends and family that have been previously been posted on Facebook. The photos are picked out by automated technology, although each Facebook user will be able to delete some and select other pictures instead.

Zuckerberg on a Facebook post thanked the social network’s users for becoming a part of the community. “Friendship isn’t a distraction from the meaningful things in life. Friendship is what gives meaning to our lives. Our friendships make the world work. We laugh, we cry and we learn with friends. We eat, we shop and we work with friends. And when we fight for what we believe and change the world, we do that with friends too,” he added.

The video highlights different moments that can include profile pictures of the users, of their friends or images featuring both. The video can include as many as 16 images, which are the ones that users have already shared publicly on Facebook. In addition, the company gives users the ability to edit their video content before sharing it on their timeline.

Furthermore, choosing the audience who can view the video is also possible. “People will only be able to see your video if they’re included in the audience you share it with and are included in the audience for every photo in your video.” People can also see their Friends Day video by clicking “Watch Yours” below a friend’s Friends Day video.

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