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Friday Fun: Feature Requests

This Friday we thought it was time to dream and dream big…

Dream of a Digi Me with every feature you could possibly imagine… I mean think of the possibilities if all your data were in one place and within your control.

What would you like to do with it?  How would you like to interact with it and where would you like to store it?

These are just a few ideas to get you started in that imaginative spirit!

Share your ideas in the comments section or share them via Twitter or Facebook.

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5 Top Social Media Tips for Christmas

If you are anything like me then you will find that you never have enough time in the day to do everything you need to get done and be online 24/7.  So how do you work around this problem.

Whether you are on social media for work or just to keep in touch with friends and family these tips should be useful.

  1. Share Historic Content – If you don’t have time to capture a moment or come up with something fun and piffy why not look back at what you were doing this time last year? Often you find great ideas or even great content that is still worth re-sharing with your friends and family! (Digi Me has this build in so why not give it a go.)
  2. An Image Speaks Volumes – Images are often more powerful than words… When wishing your friends and family Merry Christmas or Happy New Year why not say it in words… Find your favourite Christmas Card or capture a festive scene whilst out shopping and save it for the big day!
  3. Instagram Christmas Dinner – Why not share your Christmas dinner with others? After all social media was originally thought of as sharing what you ate for lunch.  Have some fun and virtually toast your friends, family or colleagues!
  4.  The Gift of Giving – Often people forget that Christmas time is a time for giving back.  Why not share your favourite charities Christmas message or donate your social media channels to these causes.
  5. Rushing From Here to There – Christmas day can be busy and stressful. How can I fit all these ideas into my day and make them happen in a timely fashion?  Why not schedule your content.  Facebook has the option built in and you can use services such as HootSuite or Buffer to schedule your content.  These are invaluable when you just don’t have time to think on a really busy day. Just remember to look back after so that you can see all those nice messages and reply to those really important ones.

If you found these tips useful please share them!

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Friday Fun: Searching Your Social Data

It’s that time of the week! It’s Friday and that means it’s time for some Friday fun!  This Friday we are going to have fun with our social data and search!

With Digi.Me (formerly SocialSafe) you can search through all your social media content to find pretty much anything that you have shared with your friends, family and colleagues.  Your challenge for this week is to give search a try and see if you can find a social media update that has the word Christmas in it!

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Remember to share your finds with us on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #FridayFun.

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Research Insights: One in Five has Left Social Media Services

A recent report from Open Xchange has found that one in five people have tried and then shut down one or more of their social media accounts. The research was commissioned due to the CEO of Open Xchange regularly finding people that are quite rightly worried about the data being collected on them. Some of those people have even gone so far as to stop using certain online services and apps as well as closing accounts down completely.

The research itself looks to identify the point at which people believe the benefits no longer outweigh the risks and therefore switch off from a particular online service.  This worrying trend was also picked up by Sir Tim Berners-Lee at Le Web earlier today.  Interestingly he suggested like we have here at Digi.Me, that your data should belong to you and you should be in control of that data.

The research from Open Xchange is fascinating as it delves into exactly what drives people to cancel or just stop using an online account, app or service. Take a look at the graphs below to find out more about what drives this behaviour.

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The other question is what happens to your data when you stop using a service? Well in most cases unless you delete your account your data is still there for the app or service in question to use as they wish.  What is of additional concern is that if you don’t keep track of updates to terms of service you could find your data is being used for all sorts of different things and being sold to third parties without you being aware.

How do you capture your data so that you still have those important pictures, images and comments that you shared on these services… Well you could always back up your data using Digi.Me (formerly SocialSafe) and store it wherever you choose. You may just want to back up your social media data just to have it all in one place. It’s amazing what you find out when you have it all in one place.

Let us know if you agree with the research and your views on data privacy in the comments or on Twitter, Google Plus or Facebook.

Bonus: Look out for Digi.Me Version 7! It’s coming out soon!

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Friday Fun: Photo Share

From now until Christmas we are going to have some fun on Fridays to get you ready for a weekend of fun and festiveness (If that is indeed a word!)

Today’s fun is in the form of photos!  When you sync your social media accounts with SocialSafe you can view your photo’s historically and see which are the most popular.  We thought we would see if you could find your favourite photograph and share it with us on our social media channels!

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If you don’t yet have SocialSafe just pop over here and download it now!!!

If you just want to save an individual photo right click and save the image to your computer.  If you want to download more than one image here’s how to export even more of your photo’s!

Here’s my favourite Christmas photo from our SocialSafe accounts!

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Poll: Why do you care about your data?

We thought it was about time that we asked you why you care about your data and to what extent you care.  If you have a spare couple of minutes please fill out our quick poll and help to show what really matters when it comes to your data!

Bonus: Did you see our article yesterday about Facebook’s updated terms and policy?  It’s well worth a read.

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Facebook Terms & Policy Update – What does it mean for your data?

If you have a Facebook account you may have noticed a little icon pop up in the top right of your account making you aware about the latest Facebook terms and policy changes.  Most people tend to ignore these small changes but it is always worth noting how recent changes affect who owns your data.

The latest changes on Facebook attempt to make it clearer who has access to your data and how.  The big changes are mainly in the area of tracking data on your mobile device.  So if you are a mobile user your usage statistics including GPS data will now be stored against your Facebook account.  Also included in this recent update is a log of websites you have visited whilst you are logged into Facebook.  This information is collected and used to help advertisers target advertisements that are more relevant to your interests.  Whilst this information has been collected in the past it hasn’t been as clear what it was being used for.

If you don’t want Facebook to know where you have been and when, the advice online is to use the web version of Facebook rather than the Facebook app.  This way you keep your location data private when you are out and about.

What can we do to help you manage your data?

SocialSafe which is transitioning to Digi.Me can help you manage and store your social media content including your Facebook data. At the end of the day your data belongs to you and as such we provide you with the tools to take a copy of your data from Facebook (along with many other data sources) and store it locally so that you have your data on your computer. This means that if there is an outage on Facebook or you decide that you no longer wish to use a social media provider you can download a copy of your data including your images and status updates.  You no longer have to lose those all important moments that you once shared with friends, family and colleagues.  Give SocialSafe a try today by clicking on the link below. It’s free and puts you in control of your data! (Plus there is so much more you can do with your data when you have it all to yourself!)

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Ch-ch-ch-ch changes

Many of you should have seen yesterday’s email announcing our new name, but for those of you that didn’t…

We’re changing our name!

We’re really excited to announce that very soon we will expand the types of sources you can bring together into your personal library, going way beyond those the app currently supports. You will soon be able to grow your personal library into something so much more powerful than it already is today. More on that soon.

As our vision expands however we thought the time was right to change our name to Digi Me. This represents ‘your digital life’ and not just your social network life. We’ll be making the transition over the coming weeks.

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So how does this affect you? Well, nothing changes until v7 which is due later this month. As we work hard on making the transition to the new brand, we just wanted to let you know that you may see both the Digi Me and SocialSafe logos together. The app is still the same, it’s still the same team, you still own and control your data and it’s still completely private.

We’re about to embark on some major updates in the coming weeks which we will fill you in on later but just wanted to give you the heads up while we transition to our new brand name.

We’d love to know what you think of the new name; just hit reply and let us know.  We’re really pleased with the feedback we’ve had so far from yesterday’s email.

Thanks for being such an important part of our growing community and we hope you’ll enjoy the next chapter where we break new ground as Digi Me.

From all of the SocialSafe Digi Me Team

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Red Bull mentions our ambitious time capsule on the moon campaign.

If you’re here reading this, there’s a high chance you recognise the value in keeping together all those moments you shared with others.  We’ve been helping folks like you (hopefully including you) to gather everything together to create a digital story of you.  This acts as a simple content backup but also provides fantastic insights on your life and a way to look back and enjoy your history.

We wanted to do something for our future historians too.  And we wanted to do it in a big way.

Launching early next year we will be offering up spaces for a digital time capsule that we’ll be sending to the moon, with our partner Astrobotic.  You’ll be able to collate a small number of memories that capture this time we live in and add these to the capsule.  It will be locked for at least 150 years so will provide a rich, intimate, look into our lives.

Our chairman, Julian, recently spoke to Red Bull about his one of his other passions, Space.  Read Red Bull’s Seven ways to get into space and remember to register for your place in our time capsule today.  (You may notice that there’s no mention of SocialSafe – we’re updating our name to better reflect our purpose, but more on that very soon).

Want to help make history?  What do you think about sending a time capsule to the moon?

SocialSafe Aligns With Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s Vision For Personal Data

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the internet, has spoken out about the issue of data ownership. An article this week in The Guardian talks of how the father of the world wide web sees a future in which the individual is the one who owns their personal data – not the big companies – and a future in which the individual can use that data for their own benefit.

Well they say great minds think alike, and we’re thrilled that this is precisely what we are actively working towards  here at SocialSafe – individuals aggregating their personal data from a variety of different sources to create a vastly superior data set that is more useful than the sum of its parts.  Today, SocialSafe is a social media organiser enabling users to download and aggregate a complete record of all their interactions in one safe place allowing them to view, search, export, organise it and more.

Looking towards the near future, SocialSafe will extend to all other personal data sets (e.g. shopping, banking, utilities, health, quantified self etc.) and users will be able to permission access others to their data for service, reward or convenience. The user has total control over what they choose to download and where they store it – we as a company never hold any of our users’ data, and they’ll always be able to access it.

We’ve been saying publicly for some time that we feel big data is wrong for the individual, and we’re immensely humbled to have our intentions and vision vindicated by the words of someone so influential in not only the tech industry, but the world as a whole. If you’ve not read Alex Hern’s article, we’d highly recommend that you do so. It may just change the way you think about personal data and who is benefiting from you being you.