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Guest Post: The Rise of Selfies [Infographic]

Amy WilliamsAmy Williams is a journalist and former social worker based in Southern California.As a mother of two, she hopes to use her own experience as a parent to help other parents raise their children to be the best that they can be.

SelfieBoomAlmost everyone has mastered the technique of twisting their phone’s camera to capture the perfect photo.

In the halls of the local high school there are undoubtedly girls posing and snapping a selfie. It has become commonplace to walk by groups of people posing and preserving a moment in time.

The Selfie Phenomenon

The selfie fad has become ingrained in our hyper connected society. There are countless jokes on late night television and celebrities seek group photo ops. The term has even made it’s way into the Webster dictionary and inspired a song.

We often associate the term “selfie” with duck faces and provocatively posed teens. However, the selfie movement goes beyond self promotion. In fact, the first selfie documented wasn’t even taken in this decade, century, or millennia!

The first selfie has been traced back to a photo chemist, Robert Cornelius snapped during the year 1839. It can be fairly safe to say that Mr. Cornelius was ahead of his time and an unknowing trendsetter. The selfie was lost to the ages until 2005 when MySpace hit the scene and soon it was catapulted to epic proportions when new smartphones equipped with cameras became popular.

Selfies By The Numbers

Social Media was the perfect vehicle for this emerging subject matter and it quickly became a phenomenon. Here is a quick rundown of a few stats about the prevalence of the selfie revolution:

  • 91% of teens take or have taken a selfie
  • 52% of adult females have mastered the selfie
  • 50% of men admit to taking a selfie
  • Females might take more selfies than men. However, men over the age of 30 tend to share more selfies than women in the same age bracket.
  • Facebook appears to be the favorite site for sharing selfies
  • 70% of college-aged girls share selfies on Snapchat, a disappearing messaging app
  • Since 2013, the #selfie hashtag has grown 200%
  • Jim Krause, photographer, claims to have created the term “selfie” during 2005
  • Selfies constitute 30% of all photos taken by people aged 18 to 24 years

 10 Tips For Capturing The Perfect Selfie

 Selfies are often impromptu. However, they capture times spent with dear friends, highlights from a day out, or special occasions. Years later, these photos will be a wonderful collection of interests and events to look back on and enjoy in the future. Even if a selfie was clicked just to show off a good hair day- the image offers an authentic glimpse into your life.

 Here are 10 suggestions to help you take amazing selfies:

  •  Use an app to refine images. Look for filters, clarifiers, and hue adjustments.
  • Remove your phone’s protective covering. For some reason, a lot of covers can impact the clarity of a photo. Avoid mistakes and try snapping a pic without the cover.
  • If needed, use a “selfie” stick to avoid including your arm in the photos.
  • Avoid mirror and bathroom selfies.
  • Carefully examine backgrounds before posting. Make sure there are no embarrassing mistakes lurking behind you.
  • Keep your head at a 45 degree angle. This is the most flattering position.
  • Have great light. Lighting can make or break a photo.
  • Steady your camera. Blurry photos are a real bummer. Hold your phone steady and slowly release the button.
  • Capture your personality! This is the perfect medium for expressing yourself. Get creative and have fun.

Selfies For Prosperity

 Selfies might make good fodder for comedy, but they can be used to document memories and moments in time. The President, Pope, and celebrities are embracing the craze. In fact, selfies have went galactic with travelling astronauts.

 Selfies might seem unimportant, just a fun byproduct of our device driven society. These self images are wonderful tools to document a person’s life. By taking selfies and pictures, over time they are creating an evolving self portrait.  You can capture your timeline using Digi Me and save or share those moments forever!

 Selfies are not merely a fleeting fad, they are here to stay.

 

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Friday Fun: You and your passions

Everyone is passionate about something.  Here in the Digi Me office our team really have a range of passions and interests ranging from music and films through to extreme sports such as diving and rock climbing. We all share pictures and updates about those things that we are most passionate about!

This week we want you to share your passions with us!  Go into Digi Me and search out one image that really sums up what you are passionate about and share it with us!

You can share your picture either through Facebook or Twitter or just drop a link to it in the comment box below.  If we get 10 responses we will share some of our teams pics with you in return!

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Digi Me Newsletter: Feb 2015 – Sharing

Now that we are well on our way with our rebranding many of you who are already registered for our newsletter will find our latest news and content has just landed in your inbox.

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Facebook Privacy: Why the EU Laws on Privacy Matter to you

Once again Facebook has been drawn into another privacy debate.  Basically their practices of updating their privacy settings in line with the EU data protection laws are being questioned again.  This time by an independent review team on behalf of the Belgian Data Protection Authority.

Why does this matter to the likes of you and me?

The question being asked is really quite simple really.  Why should you care how Facebook uses your data? After all you agreed to their terms of service and agreed that they could use your data right?  Well quite simply the question is around the control that you as a user have over their data.  Can you simply turn on and off what data you share with advertisers and is it easy to understand what data they can see.

The simple and uncomplicated answer to this is no you can’t.  But there have been some changes to the privacy settings so it is worth reviewing your privacy settings again as they did change a couple of months back to give more granularity.

 

How can I be in control of my data

So you want to be the one controlling and seeing what information advertisers and the like can see on your social networks.  You want to know what information they can see and what you have opened up to the world. We have a simple solution that also has the added benefit of giving you a copy of all your social media content on all your social networks in one location.  Your computer and you are the only person who sees and accesses it.

Download Digi Me and review your social media data today.  See what advertisers can see and if you don’t like what you see tighten up your security settings or remove your account. Remember you have a copy of all your data so you won’t lose it in the process!

Friday Fun: It’s Your Life – Quotes

We’ve had a bit of a celebrity theme on the blog this week due to the Oscars coming up this weekend and we thought we would continue the theme.  This time however we want to share your favourite celebrity quotes on your favourite social network and tag them with #itsmylife

Think about which quote really represents you and your life.  Why does that particular quote resonate with you? You may just find that one comes up this Sunday during the Oscars that you just have to share!

Here’s my favourite celebrity quote:

“I think people sometimes don’t pay enough attention to what they do. I’ve done well, but the reason is pretty simple: I’ve worked my ass off. The toughest thing a performer can do is make it look as if it comes easy.” – Justin Timberlake

It resonates with me because it is important to me that I work hard and know what I have achieved for the effort that I have put in.  If I find that I am putting lots of effort in and am not getting the results then I’m doing something wrong…

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It’s Your Life – Tweeting With the Stars: The Oscars

This weekend brings us The Oscars and along with that comes a flutter of anticipation on social media.  Whether you are a celebrity awaiting the winners announcement or someone who is a bit of a movie buff you can feel the tension rising as this week goes on! To help get you into the spirit of the event we wanted to share how you can interact with your favourite celebrities during this exciting time!

Many people want to share that anticipation with celebrities that they follow on Twitter but very few of us ever get a direct response back.  But when you do that moment is magical!  So how do you go about doing it?

  1. Make your tweet memorable.
  2. Share something that will make them laugh, cry or go aaaaawww!
  3. Include an image in your tweet. (but make sure it is appropriate)
  4. Join in with conversations that the celebrity is having online.
  5. Be aware that some celebrities only ever broadcast out and don’t respond. (You’ll never get a response from these)
  6. Consider challenging the celebrity.
  7. Don’t spam them.
  8. Don’t resend your message loads of times.

If you were a celebrity and it was your life, what would you respond to and why?

If you do manage to inspire a celebrity interaction you will probably want to capture the moment forever.  Download Digi Me and save that moment forever!

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Friday Fun: 13th… Lucky For Some!

Friday 13th is renowned globally for being the unluckiest day of the year but is this right?  If we look into the superstition in detail there is no history of this phenomenon prior to the 19th century.  On the surface it appears that Friday is known to be the unluckiest day of the week and 13 the unluckiest number in some parts of the world.  But let’s put this into context…

Friday: The last day of the working week… Lucky for us the following day is the weekend! However in mariners circles this day is seen as unlucky. Most of us however are not going to be on the water today so for us that is a good thing….

Number 13: Whilst in some countries such as Italy 13 is considered a lucky number, it is more often associated with bad luck. Often you will find in a tall building floor 13 doesn’t exist or has been re-numbered!

Combining these two things apparently is really bad… However 1 + 1 doesn’t always equal 2… So if you are more optimistic then why not think positively today and share all the good things that happen to you during the course of your day!  It is better to get used to Friday the 13th now than worry about it as we have three this year in February, March and November!

PS Don’t forget it’s Valentines Day tomorrow! It would be very unlucky to forget that if you need to arrange a surprise for a loved one!

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Facebook Photo Bug Scare

It has recently been announced across tech news sites that this week a bug has been discovered which allowed a user to delete entire photo albums worth of images with a single API call.  The album didn’t even need to belong to the user in question!

The bug itself was found in the mobile version of the Facebook Graph API and has now been fixed thanks to an honest researcher and the quick work of the Facebook development team.  It did however demonstrate how vulnerable our personal data is to such attacks and once again reminds us of the importance of having our own copies of our data.  Our photographs are precious to us and no one would like to lose them to a bug like this.

Thankfully on this occasion the bug was found by a reputable person and not someone who was looking to damage the Facebook network.  Next time we might not be so fortunate. Either way make sure you have a copy of your social media data by downloading Digi Me today!

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Sharing the Things You Love

Often we talk about sharing in the context of social media but rarely do we attach emotion  to what we are doing.  What many people forget is that in order for social media to be effective emotion is what binds us to great content.

This weekend is Valentines weekend and we are all thinking about sharing something with the people we love the most. Capturing the moment is almost as important these days as sharing the moment in the first place.

Here are some top tips on how to capture those special moments in pictures so that you can share and save them online forever.

  • Instinct – Sometimes you just know that the moment you want to capture is coming up. Trust your instinct, get your camera/ phone out and snap away.
  • Trust – Build up a relationship with the person in front of the camera and you will get much better shots.  Get to know the person and what they feel comfortable with. Make them feel at ease by talking to them about things that they have a passion for.
  • Patience – Often especially with animals you need to be patient and just wait for the moment to spring up for you to capture it perfectly. You may take 50 pictures but the one you have waited for is often the very last one you capture.
  • Story Telling – Every picture tells a story.  Share the story by putting a series of images together.

When you have got that perfect picture you want to share it with your friends and family.  If you have an image story why not use the gallery options to show multiple images which tell your story!

To ensure you never lose the moments that you shared on social media download Digi Me and save those moments forever.

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Friday Fun: Share your Favourite Digi Me Photo

Every Friday we have a little fun with the Digi Me tools and software. This week is no exception.  This week we thought it would be fun to keep with our theme of Photography and have you share your favourite photo that you can find using Digi Me.

Using Digi Me just search or browse for your favourite photo. It could be from any of your social media channels and share it with us using the hashtags #digime #fridayfun!

We love seeing what inspires you and it should get you in the mood for a good weekend!