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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!

Friday Fun: It’s Your Life – Quotes

We’ve had a bit of a celebrity theme on the blog this week due to the Oscars coming up this weekend and we thought we would continue the theme.  This time however we want to share your favourite celebrity quotes on your favourite social network and tag them with #itsmylife

Think about which quote really represents you and your life.  Why does that particular quote resonate with you? You may just find that one comes up this Sunday during the Oscars that you just have to share!

Here’s my favourite celebrity quote:

“I think people sometimes don’t pay enough attention to what they do. I’ve done well, but the reason is pretty simple: I’ve worked my ass off. The toughest thing a performer can do is make it look as if it comes easy.” – Justin Timberlake

It resonates with me because it is important to me that I work hard and know what I have achieved for the effort that I have put in.  If I find that I am putting lots of effort in and am not getting the results then I’m doing something wrong…

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It’s Your Life – Tweeting With the Stars: The Oscars

This weekend brings us The Oscars and along with that comes a flutter of anticipation on social media.  Whether you are a celebrity awaiting the winners announcement or someone who is a bit of a movie buff you can feel the tension rising as this week goes on! To help get you into the spirit of the event we wanted to share how you can interact with your favourite celebrities during this exciting time!

Many people want to share that anticipation with celebrities that they follow on Twitter but very few of us ever get a direct response back.  But when you do that moment is magical!  So how do you go about doing it?

  1. Make your tweet memorable.
  2. Share something that will make them laugh, cry or go aaaaawww!
  3. Include an image in your tweet. (but make sure it is appropriate)
  4. Join in with conversations that the celebrity is having online.
  5. Be aware that some celebrities only ever broadcast out and don’t respond. (You’ll never get a response from these)
  6. Consider challenging the celebrity.
  7. Don’t spam them.
  8. Don’t resend your message loads of times.

If you were a celebrity and it was your life, what would you respond to and why?

If you do manage to inspire a celebrity interaction you will probably want to capture the moment forever.  Download Digi Me and save that moment forever!

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Friday Fun: 13th… Lucky For Some!

Friday 13th is renowned globally for being the unluckiest day of the year but is this right?  If we look into the superstition in detail there is no history of this phenomenon prior to the 19th century.  On the surface it appears that Friday is known to be the unluckiest day of the week and 13 the unluckiest number in some parts of the world.  But let’s put this into context…

Friday: The last day of the working week… Lucky for us the following day is the weekend! However in mariners circles this day is seen as unlucky. Most of us however are not going to be on the water today so for us that is a good thing….

Number 13: Whilst in some countries such as Italy 13 is considered a lucky number, it is more often associated with bad luck. Often you will find in a tall building floor 13 doesn’t exist or has been re-numbered!

Combining these two things apparently is really bad… However 1 + 1 doesn’t always equal 2… So if you are more optimistic then why not think positively today and share all the good things that happen to you during the course of your day!  It is better to get used to Friday the 13th now than worry about it as we have three this year in February, March and November!

PS Don’t forget it’s Valentines Day tomorrow! It would be very unlucky to forget that if you need to arrange a surprise for a loved one!

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Facebook Photo Bug Scare

It has recently been announced across tech news sites that this week a bug has been discovered which allowed a user to delete entire photo albums worth of images with a single API call.  The album didn’t even need to belong to the user in question!

The bug itself was found in the mobile version of the Facebook Graph API and has now been fixed thanks to an honest researcher and the quick work of the Facebook development team.  It did however demonstrate how vulnerable our personal data is to such attacks and once again reminds us of the importance of having our own copies of our data.  Our photographs are precious to us and no one would like to lose them to a bug like this.

Thankfully on this occasion the bug was found by a reputable person and not someone who was looking to damage the Facebook network.  Next time we might not be so fortunate. Either way make sure you have a copy of your social media data by downloading Digi Me today!

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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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Friday Fun: Share your Favourite Digi Me Photo

Every Friday we have a little fun with the Digi Me tools and software. This week is no exception.  This week we thought it would be fun to keep with our theme of Photography and have you share your favourite photo that you can find using Digi Me.

Using Digi Me just search or browse for your favourite photo. It could be from any of your social media channels and share it with us using the hashtags #digime #fridayfun!

We love seeing what inspires you and it should get you in the mood for a good weekend!

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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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Guest Post: Digi Me a Photographers Perspective

This is a guest post by Abigail Hobbs.  Abigail is a student with a keen passion for photography and social media.

I’m going to do something  a little bit different today, talk about software rather than photography however the software does link in well to the art of photography.

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Digi Me is a software that allows you to keep all your social networking activities in one place. To begin with, for people like me who are very much into the social networking scene this software is brilliant. I linked my Facebook, Twitter and both of my Instagram accounts to it and now whenever I log onto my laptop I can see what I was up to a year ago, two years ago or even the year I first set up my social networking profiles. It stores all your data and posts in one safe place on your computer…think of it as your own personal ‘cloud’ featuring your social story. Yes I know on the face of it, it sounds as if I have allowed a company to intrude into my personal space but I really haven’t. It is controlled and owned by me and just me.

Not only is it a storage tool, but also an organisational tool. One thing I like about it is that it brings together all your different networks into one location and places daily activities (if there are any) into your own personal journal. For instance I can look back to March 2013 and see all activity for that month or choose a particular day or week. It has allowed me to go right back to when I first set up my various profiles and also enabled me to  reminisce on some memories!

With regards to photography, it is good to see what posts were particularly successful and which ones were not. I can also access all the photos I have ever posted and save them directly to my computer rather than having to go onto the individual sites and download the images from there.

I myself am an iPhone user and the makers of Digi Me cater for people like me. They offer two free apps; ‘Keepsies’ which allows you to download and save your Instagram photos to your phone and ‘Likes’ which allows iPhone users to download the photos they like on Instagram to their phone. I tried both of these apps and in my opinion I found them quite pointless. Instagram already has a feature in which you can download the photos you post automatically from Instagram to your phone and I find the idea of ‘Likes’ just a bit strange. I don’t like the idea that just because I have liked something on Instagram that I should have it saved to my iPhone. It takes up storage which is already fairly limited on iPhones and the service they offer once again Instagram offer with the fact there is a feature on Instagram where you can see all the photos you have liked. However it is a case of personal taste.

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Those couple of things listed above are the only thing I can fault Digi Me on. Whilst planning and writing this post, Digi Me went through a name change. They used to be Socialsafe and still operate in the same way with the same owners

‘ however we thought the time was right to change our name to Digi Me. This represents ‘your digital life’ and not just your social network life. We’ll be making the transition over the coming weeks.’ 

I’m not really sure why it was necessary to change the name however as times move forward I can see why a company of this kind want to keep up and relate the name to the growing products they develop and supply.

You can download Digi.Me for free enabling you to have 4 accounts synced. If you are an avid ‘Social networker’ then there is the option to pay $6.99+ (around £4.50+) to have up to 20 social networking accounts linked however I cannot really see many having so many accounts and in my opinion having the facility for 4 is just enough.

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As you can see, the software requires you to log in so if for any reason your laptop is stolen you don’t need to worry about people seeing your personal things. Once logged in, you are given an overview of each profile activity. Digi Me

If you click on ‘accounts’,(on the left hand side tool bar) a page like this will appear allowing you to click on each account and find out more information. The tool bar is handy when it comes to quickly accessing particular things for instance all your photos. It enables you to see all the photos you have ever uploaded. All in one safe place.

Like I said above, for a photography student like myself it is good to see the types of photos that have proven to be the most popular and which ones not so. This access is easy through Digi Me’s Insight page

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Until I found out about this Software, I had always wondered if there was a way to keep all my activities in one place and this certainly allows it. Photographically, I do find it useful however for me I use it mainly to look at my accounts and look back over the years. I also love how I can upload something to one of my accounts from my phone and its there (once synced) for good within the software available for me to download straight to my computer without the hassle of having to email myself the file in order to get it onto my laptop.

I would definitely recommend the software predominantly to any users like myself who like to be social online but also to look back at things over the years. Its a nice way to jog the memory too.

 

Friday Fun: Instagram Search Challenge

Instagram is just amazing with all those beautiful images that everyone shares. When you share images on Instagram you usually tag them so that they are more easily found and appreciated by others.

Digi Me saves your Instagram photos along with the message, tags and comments that are associated with them.  Our challenge for today is to see if you can find your most used Instagram Hashtag and the Instagram photo that got you the most comments.

Share your results in the comments below or with us via our Twitter or Facebook Page.

If you haven’t already downloaded Digi Me you can download it here and join in with the fun!