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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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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!

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Friday Fun: Password Management

If you are anything like me then you have passwords for everything from banking to logging into your social media accounts. So many passwords to remember or in my case forget! But what happens when you find an issue or alerted to an issue?

Have you ever seen Facebook come up with an alert stating that there has been a suspicious login on your account and that you need to change your password with immediate effect? I certainly have and it rattled me somewhat.  It made me realise how much I value my social media content.  Until then I didn’t enable the two step authentication on Facebook, but now I do.  And you know what it’s well worth enabling.

I don’t know about you but these days as a result of that little scare on Facebook I now treat my social media data and services differently.  I treat them more like banking services. I also make sure that anything that I put on social media I would be happy for people to see in public.  After all you never know what data breaches may occur.  It is worth being wary of third parties holding and storing your data.

Whilst you have probably already got all your new years resolutions sorted for this year you may want to consider adding one to your list.  Take security more seriously especially when it comes to your personal social media data.  Consider using unique strong passwords and two factor authentication on your social media data and remember to back up your social data regularly.

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Backing up your social data

A few weeks ago I read an article about the importance of data backups.  It really got me thinking about data and the importance of the data that we share across our social media accounts.

The article that I was reading was all about backing up your laptop or computer and ensuring that the data that was being backed up was secure.  Now I know many of us are terrible at doing regular backups of our personal machines but what about our online data, that information that we share with our friends and family?  What would happen if suddenly we accidentally deleted our account or it got suspended for some bizarre reason.

I would hate to think about a scenario where those precious shared images and videos went missing or were lost forever because I hadn’t backed them up.  My main reason for backing up my laptop is to ensure that I never lose my all important files and photographs.  I can’t remember a time when I haven’t backed up content and these days I do tend to back up most of my images to “the cloud” as well as to a local hard drive.  After all you never quite know when or where you will need access to your data.

Over the years I’ve used a range of backup services and only once have I had to revert back to my backups and that was when my laptop completely failed after getting rather wet. (I learnt after that to keep my laptop in a waterproof bag!) I spent a small fortune getting the data back and a new machine exactly how I wanted it.

It is amazing how many people just don’t think to do backups and it is so simple to do for your online data as well. Most of us think that it is just big companies that have things to lose if they lose their data but these days we all have data that we want to share and store forever.

Most of that data captured contains moments, memories and events.  These are all things that we just want to keep and look back on over time. Backing up your online social media data is simple just download Digi Me (formerly SocialSafe) and back up your online data regularly for free.

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Digi Me Predictions for 2015

2015 is in full flow and now is a great time to predict the key trends for the year ahead. Here are a few of our predictions..

  • Personal data ownership will be debated.
  • You will own your data and create permissions/ terms of use to companies rather than agreeing to their policies.
  • Personal data privacy will become more important to people.
  • New services and tools will become available to help you capture and manage your personal data.
  • Individuals will have a better understanding of who has access and stores their data.

What personal data privacy trends are you spotting for the year ahead? Leave a comment or share your predictions using #pdppredictions

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Capturing Your New Years Resolutions

Every year millions of people around the world make new years resolutions and 2014 was no different.  These were the top 10 New Years Resolutions for 2014. The big question is did you manage to stick to them?

  1. Exercise more
  2. Eat better
  3. Cut down on alcohol
  4. Stop smoking
  5. Spend less time on Facebook / Twitter
  6. Learn a new language
  7. Learn a musical instrument
  8. Spend less money
  9. Secure dream job
  10. Average eight hours of sleep a night

Most people at the beginning of the year share their resolutions with friends and family on social media platforms like Facebook at Twitter.  Why not use SocialSafe to look back and see if you managed to keep your resolution from last year.

What are you going to make your New Years Resolution this 2015? And what would you like ours to be?

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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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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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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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