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Friday Fun: Password Management

If you are anything like me then you have passwords for everything from banking to logging into your social media accounts. So many passwords to remember or in my case forget! But what happens when you find an issue or alerted to an issue?

Have you ever seen Facebook come up with an alert stating that there has been a suspicious login on your account and that you need to change your password with immediate effect? I certainly have and it rattled me somewhat.  It made me realise how much I value my social media content.  Until then I didn’t enable the two step authentication on Facebook, but now I do.  And you know what it’s well worth enabling.

I don’t know about you but these days as a result of that little scare on Facebook I now treat my social media data and services differently.  I treat them more like banking services. I also make sure that anything that I put on social media I would be happy for people to see in public.  After all you never know what data breaches may occur.  It is worth being wary of third parties holding and storing your data.

Whilst you have probably already got all your new years resolutions sorted for this year you may want to consider adding one to your list.  Take security more seriously especially when it comes to your personal social media data.  Consider using unique strong passwords and two factor authentication on your social media data and remember to back up your social data regularly.

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Backing up your social data

A few weeks ago I read an article about the importance of data backups.  It really got me thinking about data and the importance of the data that we share across our social media accounts.

The article that I was reading was all about backing up your laptop or computer and ensuring that the data that was being backed up was secure.  Now I know many of us are terrible at doing regular backups of our personal machines but what about our online data, that information that we share with our friends and family?  What would happen if suddenly we accidentally deleted our account or it got suspended for some bizarre reason.

I would hate to think about a scenario where those precious shared images and videos went missing or were lost forever because I hadn’t backed them up.  My main reason for backing up my laptop is to ensure that I never lose my all important files and photographs.  I can’t remember a time when I haven’t backed up content and these days I do tend to back up most of my images to “the cloud” as well as to a local hard drive.  After all you never quite know when or where you will need access to your data.

Over the years I’ve used a range of backup services and only once have I had to revert back to my backups and that was when my laptop completely failed after getting rather wet. (I learnt after that to keep my laptop in a waterproof bag!) I spent a small fortune getting the data back and a new machine exactly how I wanted it.

It is amazing how many people just don’t think to do backups and it is so simple to do for your online data as well. Most of us think that it is just big companies that have things to lose if they lose their data but these days we all have data that we want to share and store forever.

Most of that data captured contains moments, memories and events.  These are all things that we just want to keep and look back on over time. Backing up your online social media data is simple just download Digi Me (formerly SocialSafe) and back up your online data regularly for free.

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How to Find Your Most Popular Content From 2014

With the year coming to an end very soon social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are offering year in review services to give you a summary of what they determine as your annual highlights.  But what if you want to see your most popular content across all your social media accounts for 2014.  How do you do that?

Well download SocialSafe and we’ll run you through just how to do that in a few simple steps!

Step 1.

Once you have downloaded SocialSafe and connected to your accounts just browse to insights.

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Step 2.

Select most popular from the options in the insights section.  By default this shows your most popular content across all your social networks for just this week.  So next we need to expand that date range.Most Popular

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Select this year from the date range option and you will be shown this year’s most popular content.  If you are already in 2015 when you are reading this just select last year and you will find all your most popular content form 2014.date range

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If you only want to find out the information above for a single account or just some of your social media channels just select the accounts that you want to use rather than the default which is all accounts.

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5 Top Social Media Tips for Christmas

If you are anything like me then you will find that you never have enough time in the day to do everything you need to get done and be online 24/7.  So how do you work around this problem.

Whether you are on social media for work or just to keep in touch with friends and family these tips should be useful.

  1. Share Historic Content – If you don’t have time to capture a moment or come up with something fun and piffy why not look back at what you were doing this time last year? Often you find great ideas or even great content that is still worth re-sharing with your friends and family! (Digi Me has this build in so why not give it a go.)
  2. An Image Speaks Volumes – Images are often more powerful than words… When wishing your friends and family Merry Christmas or Happy New Year why not say it in words… Find your favourite Christmas Card or capture a festive scene whilst out shopping and save it for the big day!
  3. Instagram Christmas Dinner – Why not share your Christmas dinner with others? After all social media was originally thought of as sharing what you ate for lunch.  Have some fun and virtually toast your friends, family or colleagues!
  4.  The Gift of Giving – Often people forget that Christmas time is a time for giving back.  Why not share your favourite charities Christmas message or donate your social media channels to these causes.
  5. Rushing From Here to There – Christmas day can be busy and stressful. How can I fit all these ideas into my day and make them happen in a timely fashion?  Why not schedule your content.  Facebook has the option built in and you can use services such as HootSuite or Buffer to schedule your content.  These are invaluable when you just don’t have time to think on a really busy day. Just remember to look back after so that you can see all those nice messages and reply to those really important ones.

If you found these tips useful please share them!

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Friday Fun: Searching Your Social Data

It’s that time of the week! It’s Friday and that means it’s time for some Friday fun!  This Friday we are going to have fun with our social data and search!

With Digi.Me (formerly SocialSafe) you can search through all your social media content to find pretty much anything that you have shared with your friends, family and colleagues.  Your challenge for this week is to give search a try and see if you can find a social media update that has the word Christmas in it!

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Remember to share your finds with us on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #FridayFun.

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Friday Fun: Photo Share

From now until Christmas we are going to have some fun on Fridays to get you ready for a weekend of fun and festiveness (If that is indeed a word!)

Today’s fun is in the form of photos!  When you sync your social media accounts with SocialSafe you can view your photo’s historically and see which are the most popular.  We thought we would see if you could find your favourite photograph and share it with us on our social media channels!

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If you don’t yet have SocialSafe just pop over here and download it now!!!

If you just want to save an individual photo right click and save the image to your computer.  If you want to download more than one image here’s how to export even more of your photo’s!

Here’s my favourite Christmas photo from our SocialSafe accounts!

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Click on the link to see the original tweet that this was associated with!
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Poll: Why do you care about your data?

We thought it was about time that we asked you why you care about your data and to what extent you care.  If you have a spare couple of minutes please fill out our quick poll and help to show what really matters when it comes to your data!

Bonus: Did you see our article yesterday about Facebook’s updated terms and policy?  It’s well worth a read.

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.

GUEST POST: Infographic – Perfecting Social Profiles

In a break from our scheduled programming, we now bring you a guest post from an outside contributor. Here to talk about some things to consider when creating a social network profile, by way of a nifty infographic, is aspiring tech writer Ivan Serrano:

Public interplay is no longer just about social media; it’s also about perfecting a social profile, a persona, an exaggerated, created self.

Now, with so many different websites offering so many different outlets – it’s hard to keep track. You can keep your personal friends close on Facebook, your professional friends close on LinkedIn, and advertise it all on Google Plus. But how do you know which outlet is truly best for what? How do you target specific audiences on different websites, and get the most traction doing so?

Every page will inherently be different. While your Google Plus tagline should have 10 words or less, your Facebook About Short Description should have about 155 characters. You need to make sure that you’re getting the best visual exposure, which can be tricky with different image sizes used on different networks. It’s also important to know your audiences in order to know who will be following what and how to set up your social media profile.

Here’s an infographic giving some guidelines for various different neworks:

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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.