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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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How To Get On This Day for All Your Social Networks

Last week Facebook announced at their annual F8 conference that they have just launched their “On This Day” feature.  Now many of you may have used services like TimeHop for the same thing but did you know that digi.me also has this option but across all your social networks?

The difference with using digi.me to do your “On This Day” look back is that you can look back across all your different social networks and not just Facebook.  So if you are a fan of the Facebook feature then why not try out our version and share what you find on your other social networks as a daily notification.

In addition to this you will soon be getting multi-year look back features on digi.me so you can look back at what you were doing 1, 2, 3 or even 4 years ago!  History is fascinating and this digital diary will help you share those interesting insights into your life history!

How to find the On This Day feature in digi.me

Step 1.

Set the time of day when you want your “On This Day” notification by going to Settings/ Settings and Enable Flashback every day and set the time to a time to suit you.

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Step 2.

When the time arrives you will see a popup in the bottom right of your screen that looks something like this:

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Click on the popup to see the expanded view.

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Share your favourite digi.me look back moments with us on our social media accounts!

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Why backups are so important

Every day you probably hear at least one person in the office go “Aaah help I’ve just lost everything I did in the last hour!” or something similar.  That is unless they have a backup and then they just revert to that and off they go again.

On the 31st March 2015 it is World Backup Day and to celebrate the occasion we are offering our software free for 1 year to all those who download between now and the 31st March.

What is a backup?

A backup is a recent historical version of the document, update or information that you have been working on. It is usually not as up to date as the latest version but it is there for you to fall back on should you ever need it.

Why would I need that?

Well quite simply we all make mistakes. We save over things, we delete things that we really didn’t mean to delete and we do things without realizing what or how that will impact things in the future. If the content is on a mobile phone or laptop then the content or the device could get damaged, lost or stolen.

When should I backup?

It is worth backing up your computer, phone and tablet at least once a week but if that is just a bit too often aim for once a month.

What about your online content?

Many people don’t realize that they can backup their online content especially their social media content. By using digi.me they can backup their social media content quickly on a daily basis so they never lose their updates or images ever again.

 

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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!

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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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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!

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How to Capture Your Facebook Page Content Using Digi Me

One of our lovely Twitter followers yesterday asked about whether our tool enabled you to capture your Facebook Page content.  The quick and easy answer to the question is yes of course and yes this does include the comments on each post as well as images.

How do I do that?

The answer here is simple.  In much the same way as you add your Facebook Profile to your account you can add any Facebook Page that you manage.  Each Page that is added counts as an additional account.

Step 1.

Go to Settings and select “Add an Account”. You will then see the following account view showing your current accounts that you already have connected and the option to add your Facebook Page Account.

 

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Select “Add your Facebook Page Account”.

Step 2.

You will then be asked to authorize SocialSafe to access your data. Click “Authorise Now” and you will then be asked to log into Facebook if you aren’t already logged in.

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Step 3.

You will then be presented with a list of Facebook Pages that you manage. Click on the page that you wish to add.

That’s it.  Now your page data will show up and you can review your page insights with our software in the same way as you would your Facebook Profile content.

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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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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.

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.