Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

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Sporting Heroes and Hashtags

We all have our sporting heroes and the next couple of weeks bring us plenty of sports action with Wimbledon and the Henley Royal Regatta followed by the British Golf Open and much more!  We will shout and cheer for our heroes no matter what country we are in.  It will be an emotional roller coaster as we watch who wins and loses. We will probably share those emotions and moments with our friends online as well.

These days you can’t watch a sports event without a hashtag being present on the TV but did you know that when you tag your updates with those hashtags more people see them? Why not think about using #wimbledon and #murray if you are an Andy Murray fan.  Hashtags work on Facebook as well as Twitter.  Many people forget that this is the case.  The change happened on Facebook late last year and mostly I see companies using it but when fans use it and get behind their sporting heroes it is so much more effective.

One day we hope that digi.me will be your personal data hero and maybe you will even hashtag us! Tell us what we can do to be the best that we can be and turn us into your hero app!

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5 Top Tech Tips for Festival Goers

We know how much everyone loves a good festival and the festival season is now well underway.  You’ve got your wellies and waterproofs but you are after a few tips for how to handle your tech for the festival season. Do not fear, digi.me are here with some great tips for you!

  1. Batteries & Charging – You can’t rely on your phone battery surviving for an entire weekend of festival fun so let’s make sure you have plenty of juice whilst you are out and about. There are a few options but we love the external battery options as they are reliable and pain free. Alternatively you could choose to go solar! But be warned you may just be disappointed if it is wet and rainy!
  2. Rain Proofing – There are cheap options and fancy options… It really depends on how you use your phone. You could just put your phone in a sandwich bag and voila phone protected, or you could get a fancy waterproof case for it. There are a few around and they really aren’t that expensive and could save you a mishap or two!
  3. Photo’s & Videos – You are bound to take a few of these whilst you are out and about… but what happens if you lose your phone or worst case it gets stolen. (we hear it happens from time to time) Before you go back up your content from your phone, clear off any pics that don’t need to be on there and make sure you have enough storage space for those new pics and vids. Whilst you are out make sure you are backing up your images & videos to the cloud be that iCloud, OneDrive, Google Drive or somewhere else.  Now you have less chance of losing those pics.
  4. Sharing & Saving – You want to share your favourite images & videos with your friends so make sure you have your favourite social media apps downloaded to your phone. Check if your festival has wifi, it’s quicker to upload that way than on the totally jammed mobile networks. If you do have to use your phone to upload try 4g but if that is jammed drop your phone down to use the 3g network. Most others won’t have thought to try that. :)
  5. Reliving Your Festival Moments – You’ve just got back from your festival and you want to relive those favourite festival moments. Start up digi.me and sync your social networks. See what pictures and videos you shared and review those fun moments that your friends have tagged you in. You can even save your festival highlights to PDF or upload them to Evernote!

If you have some top festival tips share them with us on Twitter and we will retweet the best of them over the course of the festival season!

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Who uses your social media data and how?

Have you ever wondered who is using your social media data and for what purpose they are using it?  How do you keep up with the latest privacy policy changes and do they matter to you? This article will cover a few different approaches to managing and auditing your social media footprint.

We all use various social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to name just a few.  When we initially signed up all those years ago we signed up with a purpose and an expectation about what information we were happy to share with these companies and how that data was likely to be used.  We may not have read all the pages and pages of terms and conditions but all in all we got what we wanted. Access to share content with our friends, family and colleagues in a quick, simple and easy to use way on any device we choose.

The platforms that we use have changed over the past 5 years and so has the direction of many of these social media companies.  They quickly realized that the data about you was and still is one of their most valuable assets. So much so that they are now starting to close the doors on third parties accessing this data without paying for it. Companies now have to pay to advertise to you where in the early days anyone with a Facebook page or Twitter account could do that. But what does this all mean for you and your data?

Put simply your data is now a commodity. Something that can be bought, exchanged and sold. But that is my digital life I hear you say! Indeed it is, and you should be able to control who has access to your data and how.  All the social networks have privacy settings, almost every time terms and conditions change there is a change to the privacy settings and how these work across your data.

When did you last check your privacy settings? An important question that many of us don’t necessarily know the answer to.  Quickly log into your social networks and check your privacy settings. Tighten up the security and review which apps and services have access to your data along with which people can view it.

You may also want to do an audit of who you have on your contacts lists at the same time. There is no point having contacts accessing your data that aren’t of any interest to you. They flood your timelines with irrelevant updates and cut the usefulness of the services.

Auditing your social media platforms isn’t just something that business users of social networks should do, it is something that we all need to do to make sure we aren’t vulnerable to identity theft at worst or naïvely giving away too much of our personal information at best.

If you would like to share your top tips and social media insights on our blog get in touch.

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Friday Fun: The Look Back One

Easter has gone,spring is here,why not take a look back at what you were doing this time last year?

Just like Facebook and Timehop we have a look back feature that you can use to see what you were up to this time last year.  You can schedule your lookback to automatically happen just like we have described in this article. Or alternatively you can just browse to this date last year using the calendar functionality and here’s how to do that:

Look Back Using The Calendar

Step 1.

Open digi.me.

Step 2.

Go to the calendar and select the current date but last year.

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All the social media updates you now see in your timeline are on that day last year. Feel free to share them with your friends and colleagues.

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Friday Fun: Advanced Social Search

Did you know that with digi.me you can search not just all of your social media updates but also specific parts of your social media content?  For example you could search for the phrase “social media” within profiles to find all those people who have described their interests as including social media.

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To find advanced search. Click on the magnifying glass icon next to “All accounts” & select advanced. Here you can select the different types of content within each account.

You can even search the text associated with just images if you are looking for a specific image. Imagine the scenario that you shared an image or liked and image and left a comment but you can’t find it again.  Use the social search to find that image by just searching the photo’s shared via Facebook and Instagram.

What would you use the advanced search features for and how could you see this being useful for you?

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How To Select Date Ranges in digi.me

Last week we were asked how do you select a date range in digi.me?  This article details some quick and simple steps to achieve this.

Step 1: Download & Open digi.me

Download digi.me here: http://digi.me/download

Once you have downloaded digi.me open the application and register your social media accounts with it and let it sync your data. Once that is done you’ll be ready to start viewing it.

Step 2: Views & Selection

Go to the Journal view.

In the header you will see a calendar icon along with a date range.  Click on this and you will see a full calendar view along with a series of options for different time periods.  You can either use the preset time periods to view your data or use a custom one.Calendar 1

For the preset time periods you just click on them and voila. You are now seeing just the content from that date range.

For custom date ranges go to the start date within the calendar and click on the date you want the period to start.  Then find the date that you want the range to end and click on that. You will then see that the whole date range is highlighted green to indicate your date range.  The range will also show in the header next to the calendar icon and you will only see the content from that date range.

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Sharing the Things You Love

Often we talk about sharing in the context of social media but rarely do we attach emotion  to what we are doing.  What many people forget is that in order for social media to be effective emotion is what binds us to great content.

This weekend is Valentines weekend and we are all thinking about sharing something with the people we love the most. Capturing the moment is almost as important these days as sharing the moment in the first place.

Here are some top tips on how to capture those special moments in pictures so that you can share and save them online forever.

  • Instinct – Sometimes you just know that the moment you want to capture is coming up. Trust your instinct, get your camera/ phone out and snap away.
  • Trust – Build up a relationship with the person in front of the camera and you will get much better shots.  Get to know the person and what they feel comfortable with. Make them feel at ease by talking to them about things that they have a passion for.
  • Patience – Often especially with animals you need to be patient and just wait for the moment to spring up for you to capture it perfectly. You may take 50 pictures but the one you have waited for is often the very last one you capture.
  • Story Telling – Every picture tells a story.  Share the story by putting a series of images together.

When you have got that perfect picture you want to share it with your friends and family.  If you have an image story why not use the gallery options to show multiple images which tell your story!

To ensure you never lose the moments that you shared on social media download Digi Me and save those moments forever.

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How to find out which Instagram Filters You Use Most Often

Back in December Instagram added 5 new filters to their image options.  Some of you may not have noticed them but they are: Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden & Perpetua.  For the photo enthusiasts out there this came as great news but it is always interesting to know which filters you use most often. Saving you time trawling through them all and finding just the ones you know you really like.

How to find your most used Instagram filters

So here’s that all important information on how you can find out just which filters you use most often.

Step 1.

Download Digi Me (formerly SocialSafe) from our website. The free version will work just fine for this.

Step 2.

Connect your Instagram account and then sync it using the sync button.

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Step 3.

Go to Insights where you will find three different insights section.  The one you are looking for is Instagram Filters.

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Step 4.

Go to the most used tab and scroll down. You will find a pie chart showing your most used filters and if you scroll down even further as a bonus you will see your most popular images based on your most used filters.

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Bonus Step

If you just want to see your most recently used filters go to the calendar icon at the top and select your date range or a time period and voila! Now you can see a subset based on your time period!

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Managing your Reputation – Tips and Tools

As the internet gets older so does our online digital footprint which builds up our online reputation.  Over time our online reputations have become more important on both a professional and personal basis.  Companies now look to our social media accounts to see if we have a presence there, they look at  what our behavior is like and how that will affect their companies. Companies too are protecting their own brand reputation online as this is what they use to trade on.

This article will detail some tips around how to manage your online reputation and provide links to a few useful tools that may help you to clean up you reputation online should you need to!

Top Tips for Managing Your Online Reputation

  • Monitoring your reputation – whether you are an individual looking for a job or a company looking to understand how you are seen by others online you need to consider monitoring your reputation but what tools can you use to do this. Well simply one of the most useful tools about is Google Alerts. Just enter your search criteria and see what news and key search data comes up on you or your company. Also consider including key company employees in these alerts so that you can see who has influence within your company.
  • Repairing the Damage – So you’ve seen some content that you really think is damaging your reputation.  Here are some ways to fix the damage.  If it is content that you own. Remove it and then ask for the content to be taken down by the relevant search engines. For example Google has a page removal tool in its webmaster tools.  If the content is owned by someone else try getting in contact with them and requesting that it is taken down. If the content is defamatory you may wish to consider a cease and desist request through a lawyer.
  • On Social Media – Monitor all the comments on your social media channels including your blog. Comments from competitors or that are negative towards you or your company/ products are not necessarily a bad thing if you respond reasonably and quickly.  Leaving the comments to fester or responding overly defensively or in an unreasonable way will leave a lasting mark on your social channels. If there is a user that is constantly just leaving negative comments that aren’t constructive consider moderating the user or banning them from your page or blocking them from your channels.
  • Deleting content – If you are going to delete comments or content on your social networks it is worth considering taking a copy/ snapshot of what was up there before you delete it in case for any reason you need evidence of what had happened. Compliance can also be another good reason to back up your content before removing it from social media sites.  You can use tools like Digi Me by Socialsafe to do these backups and they do follow compliance standards.

If you have some top tips for managing your online reputation or have a story to share about how you have done this, share it in the comments area below.

And remember if you liked this article share it with your colleagues and friends using our sharing buttons!

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Friday Fun: First Facebook Profile Pics

The big Facebook meme of January 2015 to date is one where you go back through all your past Facebook Profile images and set your profile picture back to the very first profile picture that you used when you set up on the site. Have you tried that yet?

For some of us where we have literally hundreds of profile pictures that we have to look back over this can be a real pain.  And since everyone is doing it, it seems a shame to just copy everyone else.

What if you could really have some fun.  Why not go back to your first ever Facebook Image post… or even go back and find your first Facebook update and reshare that.  Wouldn’t that be so much cooler than just your profile pic.  In fact it would have your friends wondering how on earth you did that… Well quite simply use Digi Me and go right back through your Facebook content to find those first posts quickly and easily.

All you need to do once you have connected your Facebook account and syncronised it is go to the journal and select only Facebook data. Select lifetime for the time span initially which will then tell you the date that you first started using Facebook.  Then once you know your start date just select that day instead of lifetime and you have your first day of content! Enjoy!