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Friday Fun: Summer Sun

Now that summer is pretty much here and the sun is starting to sizzle and shine I thought it would be fun for us all to share some of our favourite sunny moments from last year.

Your challenge for today is to use digi.me to find your favourite summer sunshine picture that you took last year.  The quick and easy way to do this across all your social media accounts is to select the time period for last summer… So let’s say from May – August 2014 and take a look to see what pictures come back. I bet you have a fun trip down memory lane with this one and that some of those pictures make you smile.

If you haven’t used digi.me before then you may find this article on how to select date useful.

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Doing something different with your social media data

We all have social media data all over the place, be it on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.  We update our statuses, share pictures and videos or interesting links with friends, family and colleagues.  But after that what do we do with it?  Many of us just leave the content there and never really look back at it.

What Would You Like to Do With Your Data?

Digi.me puts you in control of your data and a few of the ideas that some of our users have come up with are truly inspiring.  Ideas that were suggested ranged from creating physical journals of conversations to picture montages from the last month.

Right now with digi.me you can take all your social media content and put it in a single place which you are in control of.  From here you can view it, analyse it and even look back over it to see what you were doing last week, month, year or even at a custom point or period in time.  You can export that data and use it in any way you choose to.

At the end of the day it is your data and you can do literally anything with it! All you need is a little imagination and some time to make it happen.

So why not give digi.me a try if you haven’t done already and do something different with your data.

If you already use digi.me let us know how you are using your data in fun and creative ways.  We love to inspire our users and show you what one another are doing with your data.

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Friday Fun: Eurovision 2015

This weekend in Europe is known to many of us as Eurovision weekend! It is the 60th year of the contest with 40 participating countries including Australia as a guest country!

This is the weekend where TV’s are tuned into music from across Europe and everyone is shouting at their TV about who to vote for. For some there may even be Eurovision parties to attend and even a bit of a sing along.

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Along side all this mayhem pictures are taken and shared on social media sites for all to witness. But what happens next?  Well obviously there is the inevitable embarrassing moment when you realize you’ve just been caught singing along to a song in a language you don’t understand and no one has a clue what you are singing.

You’ve been tagged and your moment is captured for all your friends to laugh about. What do you do?  Un-tag yourself… laugh it off as a bit of fun, or hide with utter embarrassment!

Well before you decide to untag yourself save the moment with digi.me so that at least you can find it again and have a good giggle.

You can also look back to last year and see what fun pictures you and your friends shared last Eurovison!  Why not re-share the moment and relive the experience!

Anyone fancy making any predictions… Obviously being a Brit I want the UK to win… Who wins your vote?

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Friday Fun: A Likeable One

When we share updates on Facebook we hope that our friends will like them.  But which update has had the highest number of likes since you started your Facebook account?

We have a simple way for you to find out what your most liked content is. Just follow these simple steps:

Step 1.

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Step 2.

Sync your Facebook account with digi.me.

Step 3.

Go to the “Insights” tab and select “Most Popular”

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Step 4.

Next to the search box select Facebook only from the list and check that the time span is set to lifetime.

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This will bring up just the most popular pictures, interactions and posts that you have ever made. It will also show all the comments and who liked your most popular post.

What surprised you when you tried this?  Remember to share this article with your friends!

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: Storytelling

Every now and again I get asked for a top tip that I have picked up during my time working with social media.  This weekend the latest question was in relation to using Facebook.  How do you share a picture on Facebook so that your friends actually see it.

My response was a fairly simple one, it’s not just about the picture it’s about telling the story.  What is it about this particular picture that is interesting?  If it is interesting to you will it be interesting to your friends?  Or is it completely out of context therefore making no sense at all to your friends, family or colleagues?

For example if I share the image below with you without any context… You would probably think something along the lines of “OK that is a piece of lace” and if you are into crafting you might think it is interesting but otherwise you might just move on to something else.

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Putting the story together for the image above and putting it in context actually gives it a completely new meaning to people you are sharing the image with.

DSC_0012In this case that is a piece of handmade lace from a 1930’s garter pattern. The garter is for my sister-in-law to wear at her wedding next year and so far has taken over 100 hours to make and it is just over 1/3 complete.

Once you hear the story behind the picture you can see and feel the emotion and context being shared.  Without that context many pictures fail to be noticed and therefore people don’t interact with them. So if you want someone to respond to your images on Facebook make sure that you share a few words that really sum up the moment.

Sometimes a single picture just doesn’t tell a story well enough on it’s own so make the most of the album features on Facebook and tell your story through a series of images or even videos.

Recently Facebook decided that if you share a video directly on their site it would preview and play directly in your timeline.  So if you are going to share a video you will find you get more views from your friends by sharing it directly than if you shared a link to your video on YouTube.

Share your top storytelling tips by leaving a comment!

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Visit digi.me on Stand M-158 at Collision Conference on Day 2

Digi.me have a stand at Collision Conference in Las Vegas from the 2nd – 4th May 2015.  You will find us on stand M-158 and we would love to meet you!

If you are coming to Collision Conference make sure you pop by and say hello.  We would love to show you where we are going to take digi.me in the future and show you where we are today with our technology.  You will get a chance to meet our Chairman Julian Ranger and our CEO Rory Donnelly.

Feel free to reach out to us on Twitter and let us know that you will be there.

 

 

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Friday Fun: The Future of Video

I don’t know if you have noticed the recent trends on social media towards sharing video and the importance of video on social media sites.  Statistically other than Google search YouTube is the most popular video site in the world however Facebook and Twitter now have video embedded into their timelines as well.  The difference here is that if you share video directly through these sites rather than by linking to YouTube you will get more views on these sites.

This in itself leads to a question, do you put your video up on YouTube and link to it from the other sites or do you upload it to multiple places… The answer to this is simple, what is the purpose of your video? To reach as many people as possible or to reach friends, family and colleagues… If it is to reach as many people as possible I would recommend that you upload your video to YouTube but also upload to the social media sites separately don’t link out from YouTube to Facebook as you will lose some of your reach.

For more personal video’s that you really just want to share with those close to you share them directly on Facebook or Twitter.  You aren’t after views as such but you are after family noticing them or friends so focus on what is important.

Over the next few months you will see that we are updating our digi.me help and how to videos, let me know what subject areas you would find useful for us to record short videos of and we will share them with you on Facebook and here on our blog.

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Digi.me Version 7.0.4 Is Now Available

Digi.me version 7.0.4 was released yesterday evening and many of you will see the release notes when you are asked to upgrade to it.  In this release we have made some major alterations to how we interact with Facebook due to Facebook no longer supporting Facebook Messages download and Facebook Friends download.  All previously downloaded data will of course still be available.

To ensure peace of mind remember to always back up your social media data as you never quite know when your social media providers are going to change how and what data you have access to.

 

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Curate or Create? Which do you do?

When we talk about our Twitter and Facebook updates we often see patterns to our behavior and the behavior of those we follow and friend. How often do you see the same news from different people on your timelines?  Are you one of those people who shares content from websites or are you someone who takes pictures and shares the more personal aspects of your life on social media?

Content Creators

Statistically there are less people who create content to share on social media than those who consume the content. However with the rise of mobile phones and ease of access to the web whilst on the go we are seeing more and more content being created.  The social networks such as Facebook and Twitter want us to share more as well. You may have heard about Facebook embedding video into your timeline when it is uploaded there and Twitter have also just announced that you can now comment on re-tweets as well. This trend is only going to grow on these social networks. The more you share the more valuable your insights are to others.

Content Curators

Some people don’t like to share their personal thoughts, experiences and feelings online and these people tend to be more interested in sharing things that they find elsewhere on the internet.  They share interesting things that they have read or seen online.  These are the content curators. Everyone should follow a few of these types of people as they bring some interesting insights and news direct to your social media timelines. There is a bit of a content curator in all of us.

Curating content isn’t as hard as you might think, just use the sharing buttons on your favourite websites and add your comments when you share them. The only word of warning here is that you should only share content that you find interesting and that you think your friends and followers will find interesting. There is no point sending things that will offend others as that just damages your own reputation.

What type of social media user are you? A creator or a curator?

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Digi.me Showcase at Digital Catapult on 27th April

DCC-Badge-Final-2Digi.me have been chosen as an exemplar in our field and have been given the opportunity to showcase our technology at Digital Catapult on the 27th April.  The key themes that we will be discussing at this event will be the change in control with regard to sharing as well as the internet of things and interoperability.

We wanted to share this exciting news with you and share a little about Digital Catapult as we know that some of you in our community are also start-ups.  We hope that by sharing this news it inspires some of you to give something new a go and also to start some conversations in the digital space on topics like the internet of things.

What is the Digital Catapult?
The Digital Catapult is a national centre to rapidly accelerate the UK’s best digital ideas to market creating new products, services, jobs and value for the UK economy.

The focus of Digital Catapult is on data and metadata – on the data value chain. This is how we describe the ways in which people and organisations create, collect, transport and analyse data. Specifically, we help UK businesses unlock new value from sharing proprietary data in faster, better and more trusted ways.

Our focus is on four challenge areas:
• Closed Organisational Data: Creating secure environments that allow UK organisations to safely mix their closed data and open it up to innovators.
• Personal Data and Trust: Helping to overcome the challenges of creating trust in the use of personal data.
• Creative Content: Unlocking new value in the creative industries by making the reuse of creative content easier; firstly by working with the Copyright Hub to reduce licensing friction.
• The Internet of Things: Sharing and generating IoT data. Being a convening force in creating large-scale Internet of Things demonstrators.