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About pascalw

Creative Director for SocialSafe, the social network backup app helping you to build the whole story of you ... Founder of, fundraising platform for nfps ... Proud father of 3 littles & honoured husband to a doula. Into climbing, coffee & my iPhone

SocialSafe v6.5.3 Released – Here’s what’s new …

SocialSafe v6.5.4 Released - Here's what's new ...

The all new Scheduler gives you much better granularity and works in the background, keeping out of your way! You can also get a quick snapshot of your most popular posts and photos based on comments and likes after each sync.

Other notable improvements include performance boosts, bug fixes and support for Facebook friends’ comments on 3rd party app postings – for example comments your friends make on your Instagrams you shared on Facebook

An important note for users of our older version. If when you run the updater your SocialSafe does not say v6.5.3 you will need to uninstall and download the latest version.

Your data will be completely safe – this just updates the application so you can benefit from all these new updates, and many more coming real soon.

Any problems please get in touch.

Backupify recommends SocialSafe (6 month free licence offer)

Backupify is recommending SocialSafe to its customers after announcing that they are phasing out their consumer services for social media backup.

We’re super happy to be helping Backupify and are offering a special welcome bonus for all Backupify customers. Grab a special copy of SocialSafe today and get 6 months of social media backup absolutely free!

SocialSafe enables you to back up your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and other social network accounts straight to your computer.

You can also use SocialSafe’s RSS back up option to download your latest photos on Flickr and latest posts from WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr and other blogging platforms.

SocialSafe isn’t just about backing up your social media though. Our mission is to help you maintain and enjoy the whole story of you. You can view all your photos from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and your blogs, complete with comments and likes. You can travel back through your online timeline and relive those special moments. You can even get interesting insights on your content and on your friends’ and fans’ interactions with you. And that’s just for starters!

A quick note on privacy as it’s very dear to our hearts. Everything is stored on your computer and as such is never seen or accessed by us. We believe you should own and control your online social life and having your own personal copy is the best way to achieve that.

Get in touch or leave a comment below if you have any questions.

To get your free 6 month licence you need to download SocialSafe from here.

The curious case of the missing Facebook permissions screen

Snowmageddon is wreaking havoc across America but we were surprised when it took a Tron turn into cyberspace. Some of our users and users of other Adobe Air applications are reporting seeing an all white Facebook permissions screen. This may affect you if you need to set up your SocialSafe/Facebook access. It doesn’t prevent SocialSafe from backing up your content.

Although the Facebook screen is completely white, the buttons to give access or cancel are still there, just covered in snow.

Here’s how you get through this blockade:

Position your mouse at the bottom of the permissions window, slightly to the right to allow SocialSafe to access your Facebook account
Position your mouse at the bottom of the permissions window, slightly to the right to allow SocialSafe to access your Facebook account

This is what the screen will look like when the thaw comes:

Apologies to anyone that has been affected by this issue. We’re told that Facebook and Adobe are working on it and we will ourselves introduce a workaround (using Facebook’s mobile login/permissions screens) in the next few days.

Facebook introducing Security Status Bar

If you have ‘very low’ protection set up for your Facebook account you might see a new ‘Update Your Security Information’ page. This will prompt you to verify a second email address, connect your mobile and add a security question. These steps should help prevent identity spoofing.

With the recent discovery of the relative simplicity of someone hijacking your Facebook/Twitter sessions, this intelligent security monitoring is welcomed.

Remember where you lived when you were 8?

via Inside Facebook

National UnFriend Day – be prepared (tips & tricks)

Will you answer the calling to de-clutter your Facebook friends? It’s one of those jobs you know needs doing but is it really necessary? Facebook has created a new way to keep up with friends through ambient awareness. This, although mocked in Jimmy Kimmel‘s piece, is how we can manage much greater levels of friendships. Perhaps it’s the definition of friendship that needs redefining.

We’ve always had different circles of friends, some that cross over, some that are very different, only occasionally, awkwardly, coming together for big events. Facebook especially gave us a space to quickly add everyone we know and then update everyone we know with everything we’re doing.

Unfriending is quite drastic, although less so if you export your friends first.

Prevent yourself becoming a victim of National Unfriend Day.

Utilise Facebook’s recently enhanced Groups. Use this to create smaller, more intimate groups of best friends, friends, acquaintances and others and target your status updates more carefully. It’s more effort than we’ve become accustomed to but this will ensure that you don’t spam anyone and will inadvertently show you who you want to stay in touch with.

Find out who unfriends you on 17th November.

  1. Open SocialSafe on 16th November and perform a quick Facebook download. Look in File View – it will tell you how many friends you have.
  2. Go crazy on the 17th – send a warning shot to some of your more excitable or over informing friends, you can easily reconnect after using SocialSafe.
  3. Perform another download and SocialSafe will tell you who unfriended you since the 16th.

Who does Jimmy Kimmel recommend unfriending?

  • If you wouldn’t loan someone 50 dollars, unfriend them.
  • If you wouldn’t invite them to your birthday party, unfriend them.
  • If you wouldn’t cry if they got hit by a bus, unfriend them.

It doesn’t have to be a hostile thing. They might not like you much either. And the day to do it is November 17th.

Let us know if you’re going to join in.

Tinker with your Facebook Privacy Settings at your peril

Facebook have done a lot to make managing your privacy easier but as the core essence of Facebook is to publicly share it’s never going to go far enough for most people.

Angela Alcorn has written the very handy ebook, The Very Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual. Definitely worth a flick through to make sure you’re comfortable with what information about you is publicly available.

Just make sure that when making changes you ensure the SocialSafe app has full access otherwise you might not be backing up everything.

Online Privacy – you get what you pay for

Another week, another big who-ha about Facebook and Privacy. Surely Facebook allowing its app community to share information about its citizens should come as no surprise by now. How do we expect these developers to make money? They aren’t altruistic, Facebook gaming is big-bucks business and the pressure is on to make hay while the sun shines.

Social gaming developer, Ngmoco, was recently bought by DeNA for $400m! Zynga, the infamous Farmville developer, was recently valued at $4 billion.

Free is not free, it’s simply bartering; “I’ll let you sell a little info about me if I can just plant a few more virtual carrots please” and “I’ll tell you everything I know about my friends too if I could just virtually tickle my cows again”

Is it a fair exchange? Only you can decide that, but you should stop being surprised at these privacy ‘leaks’. They aren’t leaks at all, simply day to day trading.

And until Facebook introduces a ‘Buy your Privacy back’ button, hidden deep in your Account somewhere, we’re stuck with it.

Update: Facebook have acknowledged this specific issue

Migrating to the new SocialSafe

SocialSafe v2 brings a new database driven storage solution to provide a solid platform for us to extend SocialSafe to a host of other social networks and online storage solutions.

To ensure that your previously backed up data is visible and useful in v2 we have developed a migration tool. This was surprisingly difficult but worth the time and investment as your previous back ups contain information that in many cases will have disappeared from Facebook by now – old friends, photos, status updates etc.

The migration tool will run when you upgrade to v2 automatically.