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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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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.

Changes To Facebook News Feed – Out With The Old, In With The New

Facebook has once again made changes to its News Feed algorithm, this time in an attempt to show content based upon its relevancy events that might be happening in real-time.

As a result of the feedback Facebook has received from users about the presence of days old posts in their News Feeds, the social network has said it will look at the events trending on Facebook and try to tailor the content shown depending on what might be happening right now. A blog post published yesterday shed some more light on the latest changes to the Facebook News Feed algorithm:

“Our goal with News Feed is to show everyone the right content at the right time so they don’t miss the stories that are important to them. We’ve heard feedback that there are some instances where a post from a friend or a Page you are connected to is only interesting at a specific moment, for example when you are both watching the same sports game, or talking about the season premiere of a popular TV show. There are also times when a post that is a day or two old may not be relevant to you anymore.”

There will also be a link between what appears in your News Feed and what topics are trending on Facebook:

“This means that when a friend or Page you are connected to posts about something that is currently a hot topic of conversation on Facebook, that post is more likely to appear higher up in News Feed, so you can see it sooner.”

The ‘timeliness’ of posts will also be decided by how soon engagement occurs in relation to when the content was first posted. If it occurs a significant period of time after the post was made, then its less likely that the post will be given prominence in the news feed later on.

Once again, it’s a case of trial and error, as Facebook continually tries to enhance user engagement, and time spent on the site. After all, time spend on the site is time spent in an environment where users are exposed to Facebook ads, which is the name of game for Facebook and its shareholders.

Will latest tweaks improve the user experience? Only time will tell, but this will by no means be the last we hear of changes to the Facebook News Feed algorithm.

GUEST POST: Infographic – Perfecting Social Profiles

In a break from our scheduled programming, we now bring you a guest post from an outside contributor. Here to talk about some things to consider when creating a social network profile, by way of a nifty infographic, is aspiring tech writer Ivan Serrano:

Public interplay is no longer just about social media; it’s also about perfecting a social profile, a persona, an exaggerated, created self.

Now, with so many different websites offering so many different outlets – it’s hard to keep track. You can keep your personal friends close on Facebook, your professional friends close on LinkedIn, and advertise it all on Google Plus. But how do you know which outlet is truly best for what? How do you target specific audiences on different websites, and get the most traction doing so?

Every page will inherently be different. While your Google Plus tagline should have 10 words or less, your Facebook About Short Description should have about 155 characters. You need to make sure that you’re getting the best visual exposure, which can be tricky with different image sizes used on different networks. It’s also important to know your audiences in order to know who will be following what and how to set up your social media profile.

Here’s an infographic giving some guidelines for various different neworks:

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New Facebook ‘Moments’ App To Encourage Private Sharing

Hot on the heels of launching a standalone Messenger app, Facebook is now said to be working on a private sharing app that will operate independently from the main Facebook app. Reports are surfacing of ‘Moments’, an app that will allow users to share with preset groups of people, but without having to use the drop-down privacy options from the normal status update mechanism.

According to those who have seen ‘Facebook Moments‘, there is a grid of tiles representing sets of close friends or family, which users can tap on to quickly share an update with only that group.  It’s hoped that this will be a much easier mechanism for sharing with selected groups than the existing method, which involves having to fiddle around with the privacy settings every time you want to post an update to a select audience.

However, you might well be sitting there scratching your head, thinking to yourself “I’ll still have to create the sharing lists in the first place. won’t I?”, or indeed, “Isn’t this exactly the same as Circles on Google+?” Well, yes, is the short answer to both.

‘Friend Lists’ have existed for quite some time, but there seems to have been a relatively widespread reticence to making earnest use of the feature. There may be certain items of content that you could share with 10 friends, and other piece might only be appropriate for eight of them, but another item might be shared with a different eight people of the original 10.

Creating and naming multiple lists with almost infinite cross-over possibilities would be an arduous task for anyone, but with ‘Moments’, it should be as simple as carving out the subsets of users that you want to share with each time, so the groups that you can pick from grow organically. That’s the view of Josh Constine at TechCrunch, who has written an article covering what is currently known of ‘Moments’, and looks back at Facebook’s struggle with getting people to adopt Friend Lists.

What are your thoughts on Facebook potentially releasing another standalone app? The user backlash surrounding the forced use of  Facebook Messenger earlier in the year was palpable, and some confusion over mobile device app permissions certainly ruffled feathers with regards to Facebook user privacy. But with ‘Moments’ moving towards affording users greater privacy – or perhaps greater ease of privacy – when it comes to what they share with whom, will Facebook win back users’ trust? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

New Facebook Feature Allows You To Schedule The Deletion Of Your Posts

Facebook is testing a new feature that would allow the creation of posts that have an expiration date, after which they will disappear. With the increasing popularity of apps and technologies such as Snapchat, that provide users with the ability so send images and messages that self-delete, it’s little wonder that Facebook are trying to muscle in. After all – the social network recently tried to acquire Snapchat for a cool 3 billion dollars.

Earlier this week some users noticed the new feature in the Facebook iOS app, with a ‘Choose Expiration’ option letting users set the half-life of their posts to be between 1 hour and 7 days, after which time the post will disappear. A screenshot sent to TheNextWeb shows how the interface looks:

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When TNW contacted Facebook seeking clarification on the new feature, a spokesperson said:

“We’re running a small pilot of a feature on Facebook for iOS that lets people schedule deletion of their posts in advance.”

With the likes of Snapchat and other self-destructing messages, the direct messaging aspect has unsurprisingly lent itself to the sending of erotic and risqué pictures that only the intended recipient can see before they vanish into thin air. However it’s hard to imagine that the sort of things you’d take the trouble to make sure aren’t permanent are also the ones that you’d want to post to your broader network of friends… It just doesn’t seem to add up.

Do you have any ideas for how you’d use disappearing posts? What could you possibly want to broadcast to your wider Facebook audience that you’d also want to make sure won’t be found after a given time period? Let us know your thoughts below in the comments section.

Of course if you did want to make posts disappear from your Facebook profile but still wanted to be able to look back and reflect on the original post and comments, then there’s not better way to preserve the original content than by backing it up with SocialSafe!

Company Social Media Records Required For Litigation – Are Yours Easily Accessible?

social media legal complianceWe’ve long been talking about the importance of businesses keeping their own records of the content from their social media profiles. Just last week there was another Facebook outage which serves to remind us all that this information is not evergreen if solely held by third-parties.

The need for archiving social media data is further underlined by the findings of a litigation trends survey conducted earlier this year by Norton Rose Fulbright. The research, undertaken in April 2014, found that 20 percent of the companies surveyed had to preserve or collect data from social media accounts in a dispute or investigation. To put this into context, five years ago that number was almost nonexistent.

While some of the major social networks do offer an export of data, it’s not always in an easily reusable format, nor is it available immediately upon request. As Robin Harris quite rightly stated in his recent ZDNet article – Are you on top of social media data? – the real value in having an archived record of your social media data is in being able to search across that data to find something that may have been said some time ago.

Here at SocialSafe we recognise that finding a particular item or piece of information can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. So that’s why we’ve added extra features such as the Advanced Search and the Calendar to the SocialSafe application, giving you greater control and the ability to search for keywords and phrases with the added granularity of being able to refine your search by network and specific content type, as well as searching within customised date ranges.

We also understand that for a lot of businesses, archiving and record keeping is not something that they’d preferably be allocating too much time and resource to. We’ve tried to make archiving social media content for businesses as easy as possible with the Scheduler, which allows you to back up your content automatically, meaning that you don’t need to think about it until it’s time to find something.

With social media becoming an increasingly significant part of almost every business’ communication and marketing efforts, it’s no surprise that occasionally that content comes under scrutiny. Make sure that you’re able to find and reproduce whatever you need, when you need it, by keeping your own archive of your content with SocialSafe.