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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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The Budget 2015 – How does it affect our digital landscape?

The latest UK budget announcement sets the scene for the startup landscape in 2015 and beyond.  There were some interesting trends in this years budget that will affect startups and freelancers along with some larger impact projects that will speed up innovation in parts of the UK. Take a look at a few of the trends that we thought were of particular interest.

The Death of the Tax Return

A major step for freelancers and the self-employed, Osborne confirmed rumours that there would be an end to the annual tax return. Claiming “people shouldn’t be working for the taxman”, annual tax returns will be abolished by 2020 with information HMRC needs automatically uploaded into new digital tax accounts. The chancellor said that this will enable businesses to feel they are paying a “simple single business tax” – “tax shouldn’t be taxing”.

Basically all your tax records will become digital and managed through the web. The plan is to save time doing taxing tax returns each year. It will be interesting to see how this pans out in the long run. s

National Insurance Cuts for Self Employed

Class 2 National Insurance contributions for the self-employed will be abolished in the next government. Further consultations on this are to be announced.

This combined with the death of the tax return suggests that the UK government is pushing towards more self-employment within the UK as an employment trend. This means for startups there is likely to be less red tape for freelancers and more flexibility and availability of skilled people within the UK as more people go freelance.

Investment in the Internet of Things

Science and innovation will receive a major cash injection with up to £140m on infrastructure and cities of the future, and £40m in research into what is known as the Internet of Things (IoT). Osborne explained that IoT, featured in our Tech Trends of 2014, is connecting up everything from urban transport to medical devices to household appliances.

This technology trend has seen increasing growth globally and is becoming the buzz phrase for 2015.  With it comes new uses for technology and more personal data becoming available for multiple purposes. Consider how you want your personal and business data used and managed. (By you or by the companies who create the devices)

Supporting the Sharing Economy

Measures to support the sharing economy include the launch of two pilot ‘Sharing Cities’ in Leeds City Region and Greater Manchester in 2015-16.  The two cities, which will share £700,000 of public money between them, will be encouraged to trial local sharing initiatives in the areas of shared transport, shared public space, and health and social care.

The government also said it plans to introduce legislation that will make it easier for individuals to sub-let a room and for non-residential properties to rent out their existing parking spaces.

This trend opens up opportunities for start ups in the private room rental space, transport sharing and such like.  We may see more innovation in this space and legislation may have to continue to evolve to match the changing ways in which we work, live and travel together. 

What did you find interesting in the budget and how will it affect you or your company?  What trends have you noticed and how do you think they will affect you and your personal data?

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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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Friday Fun: Easter Photography Competition

Usually our Friday fun articles are about you and how you use our product. This time however we are going to turn the whole thing on it’s head just a little.  Every month we put out a newsletter and the subject has an image related to it. Next month is April and Easter so it makes sense for us to have an Easter theme to the newsletter.

How does this affect you?

Well quite simply we want to showcase your photography talent.  We noticed that quite a lot of our digi.me users love taking pictures so we thought we’d create a bit of a competition amongst you for our prized newsletter header.  Our team here in the office will be the judges and the best Easter picture to be submitted will get featured in our newsletter header.

How to Enter

Please  send your entries to sarah@digi.me with the title Easter Competition.

The closing date for entries is Monday 30th March . The winning entry will be featured in our newsletter on Wednesday 1st April 2015. Get those cameras to the ready!

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Newsletter: A Spring Update

This months newsletter brings you everything from an update on where digi.me is going through to a new guest article, a competition and even a prize draw.  It is one not to be missed!

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digi.me: What is Coming this Spring!

As many of you know we have been working hard over many months to bring you a great iOS digi.me experience and you won’t have to wait too long.  This spring is going to bring new life to your iPhone – Your Life!

To get you in the mood for spring and so that you get a taste of what is to come we thought that we would share some screen shots and a couple of short preview videos ahead of the software hitting the iTunes Store.

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We know you will probably have loads of questions… when can you have it and how much will it cost. Well you will have to wait and see. What we can say is you won’t be disappointed! So be patient and enjoy this little behind the scenes look at what is to come!

Share your thoughts on the new iOS app with us in the comments below and make sure you are registered for our newsletter to ensure you hear all the latest news first!

Poll of the Month: Favourite Features

Each month we do a short poll to get to know you a little bit better. This month we thought it would be good to know more about what digi.me features you like the most.

Our competition closes at 11:59.59 a.m on the 31st March 2015.

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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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Friday Fun: You and your passions

Everyone is passionate about something.  Here in the Digi Me office our team really have a range of passions and interests ranging from music and films through to extreme sports such as diving and rock climbing. We all share pictures and updates about those things that we are most passionate about!

This week we want you to share your passions with us!  Go into Digi Me and search out one image that really sums up what you are passionate about and share it with us!

You can share your picture either through Facebook or Twitter or just drop a link to it in the comment box below.  If we get 10 responses we will share some of our teams pics with you in return!

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Digi Me Newsletter: Feb 2015 – Sharing

Now that we are well on our way with our rebranding many of you who are already registered for our newsletter will find our latest news and content has just landed in your inbox.

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