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digi.me iOS app demo (trust us, you’ll love it!)

We’re very proud of our digi.me iOS and Android apps, which are available to download here, and thought you’d like to have a look at all the cool features we’re added so you can make the most of your data on the go.

Everything we do, we do it for you (as Bryan Adams almost said), so sit back and enjoy – and then download!

Have something to say? Simply shake your device to leave feedback – you can’t say fairer than that!

digi.me now available for free on iOS and Android

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We are delighted to announce that a digi.me app is now available on the Apple App Store so everyone can see, search, save and share all their social media pictures and pins on the move.

digi.me has brought the best of its desktop application available on PC and Mac to mobile, so you can see all your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and Pinterest pictures and pins you’ve posted and liked in one place.

The digi.me app automatically shows you all your content, which you can browse through at leisure. It also features improved search as well as filtering functions so you can narrow down what you look for by keyword, platform post and type, person, time period, album, board or a combination of these.

When you have found what you are looking for or you have re-discovered a forgotten gem, one Swipe helps you save it to your device, send it in a message or email, see it in its original location, complete with likes and comments.  You can also save your favourite searches to come back to quickly and easily to the content or topics you are regularly looking for.

“The team have worked hard to make sure you get to the photo you’re looking for as quickly as you can think of it. We’ve had a lot of fun building, optimising and using the app and hope that is reflected in your day to day use”, said Pascal Wheeler, digi.me Chief Creative Officer.

“We’ve created widgets for Flashback, your posts, your likes, and photos you’re tagged in – and more are in development, so stay tuned!”

As with the digi.me desktop version, all user data remains wholly private as digi.me doesn’t see, touch or hold any of your information, which you download directly to your device or your personal cloud that only you have access to.

An Android version of the App has also been launched and can be downloaded here.

Are you a reluctant personal data sharer?

A new global study looking at attitudes to privacy and security amongst mobile users has identified lack of trust as the single biggest barrier to growth.

The third annual Global Consumer Trust Report spoke to 5,000 users in both developed and developing markets.

Of these, 36% said the main reason they don’t download or use more mobile apps or services is because they either don’t want to give up their personal information (14%), don’t trust the security (13%) or have had a bad experience or heard negative news stories (both 4 per cent).

However, some better news was that the number of people who had been completely put off using apps by privacy and security concerns has more than halved from 33% to 14%.

The study concludes that this is in part down to the rise of the ‘reluctant sharer’ – with the number of people who do not want to share personal data but accept that they must if they want to use an app rising eight percentage points to 41%.

These reluctant sharers accounted for at least a third of all respondents across the eight countries surveyed, increasing to half of all US and German mobile users (53% and 47%) – a rise of a quarter in the US and a third in Germany.

In terms of the importance of privacy, almost half of those surveyed would pay extra for all app that didn’t share their personal data. Of these, 30 per cent would pay a premium of between 5 and 10%, with 5 % of all consumers even willing to pay more than 50% extra.

Other key findings were that just 6% of people said they were always happy to share personal data from an app – a fall of 15% from 2013.

Social networks are the least trusted app category, with health and medical apps overwhelmingly trusted (86%) despite the sensitivity of the data involved.

Financial information is seen as the most sensitive data (26%), above photos (18%) and contacts (15%).

 

YOU are the #12 reason to love digi.me (#1-11 are also very good!)

You unlocking the power of your data is arguably digi.me’s greatest gift as an app – and it’s only going to get more powerful in 2016.

digi.me’s current incarnation as a social media gathering tool, allowing you so much more enjoyment of, and insight into, your life is already a technological feat that has enriched hundreds of thousands of lives since it was launched.

But 2016 will see the start of a new control over personal data, bringing information about you, that is currently scattered across the web,  back to the person who can be most trusted with it.

And with that data centralising of a whole life, not just the online elements of it, will come greater benefits for you, directly.

Your data will be returned to you, starting with health and financials, and with that gathering enabled by digi.me will come the choice to exchange slices of it as and when you choose, in return for service, convenience and reward with businesses who you – and we – trust.

Our app will enable you to gather this data back together, but you will do it, not us, and so it will be yours alone. We will never be able to see your data or access it at any point, so all the control and choices exercised over it are yours to take.

It’s a revelation in the personal data economy that will benefit businesses who crave better, 100% accurate data, just as it will benefit you, with personalised benefits in return for sight of data you are happy to share.

A value exchange that is a true win-win for all involved – and it’s not just a dream, it’s very close to being a reality.

Download digi.me now, and you can be among the first to know of exciting new developments as they happen – it’s also 50% off for December as an added incentive!

Happy Christmas!

 

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.

With More Mobile Users Will Facebook Ad Revenue Survive Post-IPO?

There’s been an awful lot of talk recently about the Facebook IPO and what the future will hold for Mark Zuckerberg’s social creation. While many are sure that the behemoth network will continue to grow and share prices will soar, there are also those who are beginning to see cracks appear that might well lead to some serious problems.

It’s been argued that there is too much tinkering with the original layout and functionality that will cause some users to pack up and leave. The quiet grunts of discontent when Facebook Timelines first reared its head are turning into louder protests with each poll on the issue, and according to some research, 88% of users are concerned about the privacy implications of all the data that Timeline aggregates.

Ad revenues are the lifeblood of Facebook, yet not all companies are that enamoured with the ROI that Facebook has given them. General Motors – one of the three biggest advertisers in the US – is pulling all of its Facebook ads due to lack of effectiveness. But why is this happening?

People primarily use Facebook to ‘hang out’ and interact with friends. You just don’t want to be bombarded with adverts when you’re commenting on a photo or replying to a message, the same way that you don’t want someone to come up to you and reel off a sales pitch while you’ve out for coffee with a friend. Services such as Google’s AdSense have proven to be more affective as it actually targets people who are looking to buy – or at least research – a product.

Another contributing factor to the apparent decline of Facebook’s average revenue per user is the increased access from mobile devices. There simply aren’t any adverts on the mobile apps, so that’s a whole chunk of the target market taken out right there. Facebook even admitted as much during its S-1 filing, by saying that more people were using the mobile apps than originally thought, and revenue was going down.

Please be clear – I don’t see this as the death knell for Facebook – it’s still head and shoulders above the competition in terms of user base and reach. There simply isn’t another service out there that can connect you with as many people and on as many levels as Facebook does. However, everyone thought MySpace was going to rule the world, and then Facebook came along.

So the questions are these… What must Facebook do in order to keep its revenues climbing, and what would need to come along to cause a wholesale exodus from the world’s largest social network?