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How To View Instagrams From Your Desktop

One feature within SocialSafe that you might not be aware of, is to do with photos. You can jump to the original image on the social network it was posted to with just one click.

When viewing any of the photos backed up in your SocialSafe library, you should be used to clicking on the thumbnail to see the larger view of the photo, as well as any comments, tags and likes. One thing you may not have noticed is the ‘View original’ button (highlighted in red) just beneath the large view of each photo:

view instagram photos on your pc or mac

Clicking on ‘View original’ will open up a browser window (or tab) and take you to the social network where the original image was posted. This short video shows you how this feature works with Instagram photos, but the same principle applies for any photos backed up in your SocialSafe library:

One way you might want to utilise this functionality is by combining it with the Flashback feature. When you’re shown your most popular photo from today’s date in previous years, you might want to remind your friends of it. By clicking on ‘View original’ you can jump straight to that image on whichever network it was posted on, and you could then comment on it again, or reshare it so that your friends or those who are tagged in it get a reminder of the great memories you’ve created together.

There are many other reasons why being able to jump back to the original photos online could be useful, and we’re sure you’ll find your own! This is just one of the ways we try to enhance your experience of using SocialSafe and enjoying your content, and we’ve got plenty more to come!

VIDEO GUIDE: Search Your Instagram Captions, Comments, Tags and #Hashtags

One of the cool things you can do when you download your Instagram photos to SocialSafe is to search through them by keyword or hashtag. When viewing your Instagrams within SocialSafe you can click on the Search box on the left hand side of the top bar and enter the word, name or phrase you’d like to find.

Here’s a very short video showing you how to Search Your Instagram Captions, Tags and #Hashtags:

Any photos containing your chosen search term will be displayed. Hovering over an image will show you how many comments, tags and/or likes it has, and clicking on the image will open it up in a larger view, where you will be able to see the caption, any comments, who has liked your photo and any tags associated with it.

You can also change the date range [not demonstrated in this video] to only show you images from any of the preset time periods (eg Last 7 Days, Last 30 Days, Last Year etc), or set your own custom date range.

For more tutorial videos, including how to print your Instagrams as PDFs, please refer to the SocialSafe YouTube Channel where the other aspects and functionality of the SocialSafe application are covered in greater detail.

Instagram Moved 20 Billion Photos To Facebook – Did Any Fall Through The Cracks?

Unbeknownst to the hundreds of millions of Instagram users, the infrastructure that holds all of their photographic creations has quietly been dismantled, relocated and rebuilt. Impressive stuff, when you consider the quantities of data involved – the service now stores in excess of 20 billion digital photos.

Since 2010 Instagram had been using Amazon’s cloud computing service, but the number of virtual machines required to run Instagram on Amazon was getting in “the thousands”. Historically, when Facebook had acquired other, smaller properties, the process involved shutting down the service in order to incorporate it into the world of Facebook. However, according to Facebook engineer George Cabrera, in the case of Instagram “the service couldn’t take any disruption”.

So in what Facebook called ‘Instagration’, the team in essence had to carry out multiple organ transplants while both patients were still conscious. Or as Mike Kreiger, founder of Instagram, explained:

“The users are still in the same car they were in at the beginning of the journey, but we’ve swapped out every single part without them noticing.”

The project was complicated, but the team behind the data transfer have successfully transitioned Instagram to now run from its own dedicated machines inside one of Facebook’s facilities. If you’re particularly interested in what the team had to do to make sure the whole thing went off without a hitch, then check out this article by WIRED’s Cade Metz:

How Facebook Moved 20 Billion Instagram Photos Without You Noticing

While everything seemed to go smoothly, whenever your content or data is held by a network or third-party that may encounter scaling issues or could indeed be absorbed into another company’s infrastructure, there will also be a concern that data could be lost along the way. While the ‘Instagration’ is a great example of data migration done well, it’s also a reminder that there’s always the potential that the actions of others could cost you what’s yours.

We believe that the individual should be the one who owns and controls their personal data, and that is why we built the SocialSafe application to allow you to download your Instagrams, Facebook Messages, Tweets, Followers and so on, all to your very own personal data store. There’s no reason to think that the networks themselves won’t look after the originals properly, but accidents can and do happen, so why take the risk?

Start building you own personal data library today, by downloading SocialSafe for free, and backing up your memories from the social networks you use.

Scout Willis Topless Protest After Instagram Removes Her Account For Nudity

A social media storm was brewing yesterday as topless pictures of Scout Willis (daughter of Die Hard star Bruce Willis and Striptease pin-up Demi Moore) were posted to Twitter by Scout herself in protest against the apparent ‘anti-nipple’ policy of photo sharing platform Instagram.

The 22-year-old actress was originally banned from Instagram for posting a picture of an item of clothing she had designed featuring two topless women. She then took to Twitter to vent her frustrations, and then subsequently went on a bare-chested jaunt around New York City, taking photos along the way which she posted to Twitter with the hashtag #FreeTheNipple.

We’ll keep this particular blog entry free of any nude picture, but all of the images posted by @Scout_Willis can be found on her Twitter page where she also goes on to explain that it’s not just about losing her Instagram pictures:

Following Scout Willis’ public complaint to Instagram, her account was reinstated (albeit without the images that contravene the site’s policy), however she has since declared her disinterest in rejoining Instagram, saying “They gave it back, but I don’t want it…”.

However, you do have to wonder what would have happened if someone less famous than Scout Willis had complained about being banned, or if her #FreeTheNipple campaign on Twitter hadn’t seen so much support. With strict policies governing what will and will not be tolerated on social networks, it can be easy to accidentally post something that crosses the line and sees all of your content removed or blocked, and your account suspended or deleted.

Don’t take a chance with your social media memories – create a backup of your content that you own and control. With SocialSafe you can download your Instagrams, posts, tweets, photos, messages and more from a variety of social networks including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more. You never know when you might find that they’re gone.

SocialSafe v6.6.6 Released – Facebook & Instagram Login Issues Fixed

Yesterday we had to release SocialSafe v6.6.6, an unscheduled update that was necessary to address changes to both Facebook and Instagram’s login mechanisms, which would have caused issues if left unattended.

The changes made by Facebook meant that anyone trying to add a Facebook Profile or a Facebook Page to their SocialSafe library would have been unable to do so. Users who had already synced their Facebook Profiles or Facebook Pages would still have been able to sync new content however.

The Instagram issue was slightly different and manifested itself by returning errors when trying to add an Instagram account to SocialSafe or when syncing content to the library.

We have since fixed these issues, and seeing as we’d already ticked a few other items off our list that were scheduled to go in our next planned release, we included them in SocialSafe v6.6.6. This update includes:

  • Facebook Login Issue fix for both Personal Accounts & Facebook Pages
  • Instagram Login Issue fix
  • Fix for Users unable to clear Black Overlay Screen
  • Further Helper .NET Error Fix
  • Accounts View UI enhancement

We do try to keep disruption to a minimum when it comes to releasing an update so soon after another one, but we hope you understand the importance of us addressing this issue in a timely fashion.

VIDEO GUIDE – Create PDFs Of Your Favourite Instagrams

Earlier this week we added another tutorial video to our YouTube channel. Most of you should hopefully know how to create PDFs of your Instagrams with SocialSafe, but for anyone who doesn’t, this video should make it clear:

As you see, it’s very simple. When viewing your Instagrams through either the Account View or the Photo View, you can click on the PDF and Collections button in top-right corner of the app to enable content selection. Either select your Instagrams manually by clicking on individual images, or select them all by clicking the small tick now in the top-right corner.

Once you’re happy with your selection,  click on the ‘Export to PDF’ button on the left of the top bar, and choose where you’d like to save your PDF of your Instagrams. Once the file has been created it will open automatically, displaying your photos in chronological order, along with any tags, comments and likes.

Why not create a PDF of all your Instagrams that a friend has liked, and then send it to them?

Instagram Outage – How To Download And View Your Photos Offline

Photo sharing site Instagram experienced a period of downtime over the weekend that manifested itself by the app being in a perpetual period of loading the feed, but to no avail. Somewhat predictably, users vented their cynicism and ire on other social platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, the latter of course being the owner of Instagram.

A lot of the jokes revolved around not being able to see what everyone was eating, or what the sky looks like, however others offered tongue in cheek suggestions for what might be causing the issue:

Instagram eventually tweeted to acknowledge the problem, identifying it as a feed delivery issue that they were working on fixing. Everything seems to be back to normal, and the outage was indeed a temporary glitch.

However, Saturday’s downtime is yet another example of what can happen when you aren’t the one in possession of your content – the other party can drop the ball and you can’t access it. This isn’t a problem if you back up your content to your own personal data store, and here at SocialSafe we’re immensely proud of the standard of our Instagram backup service.

Not only can you download all your Instagram images, but all of the comments, tags, likes and followers/following are also backed up to your library, which allows you to search across your images and people. What is more, our Instagram Insights give you the chance to examine the popularity of your images, see which filters you use the most, and see which filters perform the best with your followers:

To download your Instagrams (and also backup a number of other social network accounts), get SocialSafe for free and start backing up your memories to a place you own and control.

Look Back for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ And More

Last week Facebook celebrated its 10th birthday and reversed the normally observed tradition on such days, by giving everyone else a present – A Look Back. You’ve probably watched you own Facebook Movie, or at least will have seen them cropping up in your News Feed as a result of your friends sharing them, as Facebook Look Back videos have been shared almost 100 million times.

Everyone loves a good highlights reel or recap, and the massive number of shares is testament to that fact. But that’s just Facebook taking an educated guess at what it thinks should be in your highlights reel… I’m sure there must have been the odd awkward moment when someone shared their Facebook Movie only for their husband or wife to watch it and see that a picture of their spouses’ ex made the cut into the ‘highlights’ of the last 10 years…

What if you could go through your most popular content from not just Facebook but across all your social networks, picking out the bits that you want to add to your own collection of special memories? With SocialSafe you can do just that.

Get your whole life in one place by downloading your social network content to your own machine, creating your library of you. Within the journal you are able to search across all your content, adding items to Collections as you go, and also use Insights to see the most popular updates and photos from any of your networks over custom or preset time periods.

Once you’ve gone through and selected your own personal collection of memories – whether they include Facebook Messages, Tweets, Instagram Photos, Wall Post or whatever you choose – you can then export them all to a lovely PDF that you can share with those who mater to you the most. And because SocialSafe can automatically add new content to your library, you’ll have the ability to add fresh memories to your existing collections whenever you like.

Watch our video guides to learn more about PDF Export and Collections, and download SocialSafe for free to get all your life in one place.

Leaving Facebook For Snapchat? How To Avoid Leaving Your Memories Behind

There have been many articles written this week about the apparent exodus of teenagers from Facebook. According to a report released on Wednesday by iStrategyLabs, 25% fewer US teenagers use Facebook now than in 2011. In real numbers, that equates to in excess of 3 million users.

The services said to be benefiting from this are Snapchat and Instagram, which have had young adults flocking to them in droves. Facebook already owns Instagram, so no great shakes there, but having had a $3bn acquisition offer recently rejected by Snapchat, Facebook may well be feeling slightly aggrieved that a certain demographic of it users is migrating elsewhere.

However, Facebook and Snapchat are decidedly different platforms. While the instant messaging functionality is common to both, one is geared towards the gradual and continual build up of historic content, while the other is very much a single-use medium, where short messages have a half-life, after which they are gone for good.

So are teenagers less bothered about keeping permanent records of their lives, or later on in life being able to look back at what they have done online? Whatever the answer, we at SocialSafe would urge everyone to keep a backup of their social network content.

Even if you reach a point where you’ve lost interest in a certain service or format, you never know when you might want to look back and find a particular post or message from a specific person, or relive all of the moments that are captured not only in your photographs, but also the comments left by your friends.

To download your Facebook messages, photos, updates and more, use SocialSafe to create your library of you. Because leaving a social network doesn’t mean having to leave your memories.

Giving Your Passwords To Third-Party Apps: A Lesson From ‘InstLike’

An app promising free likes and followers for Instagram users has harvested the usernames and passwords from over 100,000 people who downloaded the app since June this year. The Apple and Google approved InstLike app directly asked users for their login credentials rather than using the Instagram API, and created a massive ecosystem of botnets that would like random photos and follow random users.

Security firm Symantec  subsequently alerted Google and Apple, who have both removed InstLike from their respective app stores.

This story serves to highlight what can be a tricky situation for both app developers and app users. Any third-party app that you download to enhance or expand your use of a service such as Instagram (or for that matter Facebook, Twitter etc) would need you to login to your account. However, how do you know who you can trust?

If the app developers are playing by the book, any logging in to a network should be done through that respective network’s API. However in reality it’s not hard for people to create something that looks very similar to those login screens, which might convince the slightly less privacy conscious users that they’re logging in through the normal channels. This appears to be what we’ve seen with InstLike, which saw users submitting their usernames and passwords directly to the developers.

It’s tough on the legitimate app developers as well as the users, as stories like this foster an environment of distrust against any app that requires the user to login via an online account. Adhering to the APIs is one thing, but making sure that your audience realises that you are one of the good guys is another.

With more people choosing to remain logged in to their accounts on their own devices, it’s easy what the actual login screens look like. Just to refresh your memory, here are how five of the most common login/authorisation screens appear:

Facebook Authorisation LinkedIn Authorisation Twitter Authorisation Instagram Authorisation Google Login

At SocialSafe your privacy, trust and peace of mind mean a huge amount to us. That is why we never see nor store any of your data, nor do we ever have access to any of your login credentials. All of the content that you choose to back up from your social networks is downloaded directly from the host network in adherence with the respective APIs, and it is stored on your own machine where you have complete control over your data.

If you ever have any questions about how SocialSafe works and what this means in terms of privacy and social network access, then we are always happy to talk to you about this. Just get in touch via one of our social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+) or leave a comment below.