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Friday Fun: Archiving… Really?

Have I gone completely crazy I hear you say! How can archiving be fun… Why would I want to do that?  So lets go back to the beginning, you joined a social network to share moments and memories with friends.  You’ve now built up a few months or many years of memories online that have a lot of personal meaning to you and you don’t really want to lose them.  So how do you capture them and what will you do with them next?

Capturing those memories is relatively easy to do with digi.me you just download the app, connect it to your social networks and off it goes and archives your digital memories.  What you do with them from this moment onward is really up to your imagination.

The big question is how can we make that process more fun for you?  If we could make archiving into a fun thing to do what and how would we do that and make you smile at the same time?

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Cute Kitty Pic Alert!!!

We could show you some cats or other cute pictures… We could show you a few of those memories whilst they are being put on your computer… but what would make you go oooh and aaah!!!

Leave a comment or share your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus with us! 

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How Tim Cook and the NY Times Opened Up the Privacy Debate

This week really has been an interesting one with two big stories hitting the news both relating to personal data and privacy.  The first was this story “Tim Cook blasts Silicon Valley companies for ‘gobbling up’ your personal data” and that was followed up with this article today in the New York Times “Mark Zuckerberg, Let Me Pay for Facebook“.

Both of these articles have one thing in common. Personal data, control of that data, use of the data and ownership of it.  Tim Cook rightly reminds us all that our personal data is incredibly valuable and important. Too important in fact to let other companies take ownership, control and use it.  Tim Cook is fighting for you to own your data, control and use it how you see fit. Some people have argued that we already do that and have made the trade off between personal privacy and service access with services like Facebook and Twitter however where do the boundaries sit?  At what point is a line crossed where we are no longer happy with this?

Taking this one step further New York Times writer Zeynep Tufekci believes that companies like Twitter and Facebook should actually be paying us to be on their platforms if they are selling our data or if we choose for them not to we pay to access the platform.  That actually doesn’t sound like an unreasonable compromise.  Times are changing and as we start to understand more how valuable and useful our data is to us and others we may choose to take more control over it.

What are your thoughts on the issues raised in these articles and where do you see the power and control of your personal data in the future?

We here at digi.me want to place that firmly in your hands in a way that you can easily understand and with the ability to revoke access and control of your data from any platform or service as you see fit.

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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.

Thank You

Digi.me: The Results – User Survey 2015

Firstly a BIG thank you to everyone who completed our survey over the last few months.  Your insights have been invaluable as has your feedback. Those of you who claimed your account upgrade at the end of the survey should find that your account has now been upgraded. If you are having any issues with this please let us know.

We promised to share the results of the survey with you and what better way to do that than in an infographic.

Click here or on the image below to see the full survey results!

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If you are just hearing about digi.me today then why not try us out for free by downloading our software here.

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Friday Fun: Summer Sun

Now that summer is pretty much here and the sun is starting to sizzle and shine I thought it would be fun for us all to share some of our favourite sunny moments from last year.

Your challenge for today is to use digi.me to find your favourite summer sunshine picture that you took last year.  The quick and easy way to do this across all your social media accounts is to select the time period for last summer… So let’s say from May – August 2014 and take a look to see what pictures come back. I bet you have a fun trip down memory lane with this one and that some of those pictures make you smile.

If you haven’t used digi.me before then you may find this article on how to select date useful.

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Doing something different with your social media data

We all have social media data all over the place, be it on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.  We update our statuses, share pictures and videos or interesting links with friends, family and colleagues.  But after that what do we do with it?  Many of us just leave the content there and never really look back at it.

What Would You Like to Do With Your Data?

Digi.me puts you in control of your data and a few of the ideas that some of our users have come up with are truly inspiring.  Ideas that were suggested ranged from creating physical journals of conversations to picture montages from the last month.

Right now with digi.me you can take all your social media content and put it in a single place which you are in control of.  From here you can view it, analyse it and even look back over it to see what you were doing last week, month, year or even at a custom point or period in time.  You can export that data and use it in any way you choose to.

At the end of the day it is your data and you can do literally anything with it! All you need is a little imagination and some time to make it happen.

So why not give digi.me a try if you haven’t done already and do something different with your data.

If you already use digi.me let us know how you are using your data in fun and creative ways.  We love to inspire our users and show you what one another are doing with your data.

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Friday Fun: Eurovision 2015

This weekend in Europe is known to many of us as Eurovision weekend! It is the 60th year of the contest with 40 participating countries including Australia as a guest country!

This is the weekend where TV’s are tuned into music from across Europe and everyone is shouting at their TV about who to vote for. For some there may even be Eurovision parties to attend and even a bit of a sing along.

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Along side all this mayhem pictures are taken and shared on social media sites for all to witness. But what happens next?  Well obviously there is the inevitable embarrassing moment when you realize you’ve just been caught singing along to a song in a language you don’t understand and no one has a clue what you are singing.

You’ve been tagged and your moment is captured for all your friends to laugh about. What do you do?  Un-tag yourself… laugh it off as a bit of fun, or hide with utter embarrassment!

Well before you decide to untag yourself save the moment with digi.me so that at least you can find it again and have a good giggle.

You can also look back to last year and see what fun pictures you and your friends shared last Eurovison!  Why not re-share the moment and relive the experience!

Anyone fancy making any predictions… Obviously being a Brit I want the UK to win… Who wins your vote?

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Friday Fun: A Likeable One

When we share updates on Facebook we hope that our friends will like them.  But which update has had the highest number of likes since you started your Facebook account?

We have a simple way for you to find out what your most liked content is. Just follow these simple steps:

Step 1.

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Step 2.

Sync your Facebook account with digi.me.

Step 3.

Go to the “Insights” tab and select “Most Popular”

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Step 4.

Next to the search box select Facebook only from the list and check that the time span is set to lifetime.

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This will bring up just the most popular pictures, interactions and posts that you have ever made. It will also show all the comments and who liked your most popular post.

What surprised you when you tried this?  Remember to share this article with your friends!

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: Storytelling

Every now and again I get asked for a top tip that I have picked up during my time working with social media.  This weekend the latest question was in relation to using Facebook.  How do you share a picture on Facebook so that your friends actually see it.

My response was a fairly simple one, it’s not just about the picture it’s about telling the story.  What is it about this particular picture that is interesting?  If it is interesting to you will it be interesting to your friends?  Or is it completely out of context therefore making no sense at all to your friends, family or colleagues?

For example if I share the image below with you without any context… You would probably think something along the lines of “OK that is a piece of lace” and if you are into crafting you might think it is interesting but otherwise you might just move on to something else.

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Putting the story together for the image above and putting it in context actually gives it a completely new meaning to people you are sharing the image with.

DSC_0012In this case that is a piece of handmade lace from a 1930’s garter pattern. The garter is for my sister-in-law to wear at her wedding next year and so far has taken over 100 hours to make and it is just over 1/3 complete.

Once you hear the story behind the picture you can see and feel the emotion and context being shared.  Without that context many pictures fail to be noticed and therefore people don’t interact with them. So if you want someone to respond to your images on Facebook make sure that you share a few words that really sum up the moment.

Sometimes a single picture just doesn’t tell a story well enough on it’s own so make the most of the album features on Facebook and tell your story through a series of images or even videos.

Recently Facebook decided that if you share a video directly on their site it would preview and play directly in your timeline.  So if you are going to share a video you will find you get more views from your friends by sharing it directly than if you shared a link to your video on YouTube.

Share your top storytelling tips by leaving a comment!

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Visit digi.me on Stand M-158 at Collision Conference on Day 2

Digi.me have a stand at Collision Conference in Las Vegas from the 2nd – 4th May 2015.  You will find us on stand M-158 and we would love to meet you!

If you are coming to Collision Conference make sure you pop by and say hello.  We would love to show you where we are going to take digi.me in the future and show you where we are today with our technology.  You will get a chance to meet our Chairman Julian Ranger and our CEO Rory Donnelly.

Feel free to reach out to us on Twitter and let us know that you will be there.