Inevitably the school holidays start and the children are back at home for the 6 weeks of summer and the first thing that happens is it rains! What do you do… You can’t exactly send them outside to play in the rain and unless they are little they seem to be glued to the TV or computer.
Since we aren’t miracle workers here and can’t bring the sun back we thought we would bring you some top tips for how to find things for your children to do using your social networks.
My favourite resource for this is actually Pinterest because so many parents have had the same issue and the best of the resources have been pinned so many times that they come to the surface really easily. So your first point of call is to do a Pinterest search for rainy day activities. Just remember to try and give an age approximation – 18 month old, toddler, teenager etc. that way you will find the most appropriate pins.
Sometimes just browsing through your Facebook profile helps as you may see other parents have done some activities that you could do with your children. Make sure you like or leave a comment so that you can find these again another day. (You can always use the digi.me search feature to find them again then. Facebook search doesn’t tend to be much help unfortunately)
I don’t tend to find Twitter that useful for finding ideas and activities unless I ask my followers. Sometimes it is just worth asking people to see what things they come up with. Maybe ask what activities they did as a child on a rainy day. That always comes back with some great suggestions.
What top tips do you have for those wet and rainy summers days when the children are full of energy…
Who is going to a festival this weekend? Or are you missing out and wishing that you could go? This weeks Friday fun is all about living and reliving those festival moments! On Monday we gave you our top tech tips for surviving the festival season and today we are going to give you a way to reconnect with your festival spirit!
Getting into the Festival Spirit
So you went festival hopping last year and this year your calendar has been filled with a range of other commitments. Friends are getting married, the children need entertaining but you still want to feel young and relive those moments but how?
1. Download digi.me if you haven’t done already and sync Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram.
2. Search for that festival that you look back on and remember just how amazing it was! What were you wearing, who were you with and what music was playing… Note it all down. Download the pictures as well! You’ll need these for our next step!
3. Now you have your festival moment you’re going to recreate it with your friends and family and bring the festival home! Create the flags for in the garden, download the music or create a playlist! Drag out the clothes you were wearing and put on a BBQ or get together with your friends and invite them over for a festival remake!
4. Get your cameras to the ready and start making some new festival moments with your friends as you relive the old times but add in new flavours! Maybe add in some music from this year or get the children all dressed up. Who knows maybe you and your friends are really musical and put on your own mini festival in the garden!
Share your pics of your festival moments past and present especially if you’ve recreated them! We want you to make the most of those moments by celebrating them!
This Friday we thought we would have some fun by sharing with you three features that our users really love!
3. PDF Export: Save all your social media content forever by exporting it into a PDF. You can print it, share it or just save it in case you need it one day.
2. Search: You can’t find a picture online but can’t remember if you shared it on Twitter, Facebook or Instergram but you know you shared it… try a quick search on digi.me and you’ll soon find what you were looking for!
1. Journal: People love the journal as a great way to look back over their content, filtering it by date or just looking back a year from now.
We have just added the ability for you to now export your social media data to Evernote as well! Next to that all important PDF icon is now the Evernote elephant logo. Click on it and try it out! Let us know what you think!
If you aren’t already using digi.me why not try it out for free!
See our user survey results for more digi.me insights!
We all have social media data all over the place, be it on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. We update our statuses, share pictures and videos or interesting links with friends, family and colleagues. But after that what do we do with it? Many of us just leave the content there and never really look back at it.
What Would You Like to Do With Your Data?
Digi.me puts you in control of your data and a few of the ideas that some of our users have come up with are truly inspiring. Ideas that were suggested ranged from creating physical journals of conversations to picture montages from the last month.
Right now with digi.me you can take all your social media content and put it in a single place which you are in control of. From here you can view it, analyse it and even look back over it to see what you were doing last week, month, year or even at a custom point or period in time. You can export that data and use it in any way you choose to.
At the end of the day it is your data and you can do literally anything with it! All you need is a little imagination and some time to make it happen.
So why not give digi.me a try if you haven’t done already and do something different with your data.
If you already use digi.me let us know how you are using your data in fun and creative ways. We love to inspire our users and show you what one another are doing with your data.
When we talk about our Twitter and Facebook updates we often see patterns to our behavior and the behavior of those we follow and friend. How often do you see the same news from different people on your timelines? Are you one of those people who shares content from websites or are you someone who takes pictures and shares the more personal aspects of your life on social media?
Statistically there are less people who create content to share on social media than those who consume the content. However with the rise of mobile phones and ease of access to the web whilst on the go we are seeing more and more content being created. The social networks such as Facebook and Twitter want us to share more as well. You may have heard about Facebook embedding video into your timeline when it is uploaded there and Twitter have also just announced that you can now comment on re-tweets as well. This trend is only going to grow on these social networks. The more you share the more valuable your insights are to others.
Some people don’t like to share their personal thoughts, experiences and feelings online and these people tend to be more interested in sharing things that they find elsewhere on the internet. They share interesting things that they have read or seen online. These are the content curators. Everyone should follow a few of these types of people as they bring some interesting insights and news direct to your social media timelines. There is a bit of a content curator in all of us.
Curating content isn’t as hard as you might think, just use the sharing buttons on your favourite websites and add your comments when you share them. The only word of warning here is that you should only share content that you find interesting and that you think your friends and followers will find interesting. There is no point sending things that will offend others as that just damages your own reputation.
What type of social media user are you? A creator or a curator?
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
Go to the calendar and select the current date but last year.
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.
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
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.
When the time arrives you will see a popup in the bottom right of your screen that looks something like this:
Click on the popup to see the expanded view.
Share your favourite digi.me look back moments with us on our social media accounts!
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.
You may recall back in June that Facebook had been issued with a court order demanding that it hand over the data of some 381 users who were being investigated as part of a fraud trial. The social network lodged an ultimately unsuccessful appeal, and had to release the personal data – including photographs and private messages – to the authorities.
The story has now resurfaced after several large tech firms in the US have argued that the original search warrant was a breach of the US Constitution. In court documents filed in New York, companies including Google, Microsoft, Dropbox and Twitter have thrown their support behind Facebook, claiming that the original process violated the First Amendment, which protects against persons’ belongings falling subject to “unreasonable searches and seizures”.
The BBC has seen the documents submitted to a New York court, and reports that the following tech firms have declared their support for Facebook:
Google and Microsoft said that they had “a strong interest in the resolution of the issues in this case”, as they have had to deal with similar issues in the past. This also seems to be a case of the strong looking after the weak, with a lawyer representing some of the medium-sized companies saying that “smaller entities, such as start-ups and other developing companies, may not always have the resources to litigate”.
If the bigger firms are able to establish a precedent that may protect smaller businesses in the future, then that will be of benefit to the tech community as a whole.
Users of Pinterest have been reporting trouble accessing the site over the weekend. As is becoming the norm when a service is experiencing difficulties, users turn to Twitter to vent their frustrations:
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Eventually Pinterest admitted that it had been encountering problems with its service by posting to the Pinterest Facebook Page:
You might have had some trouble using Pinterest lately, and we’ve been working hard to get everything back to normal… Sorry for the weekend hiccups, and thanks for bearing with us!
While it is still unclear what caused the problems, tweets from users indicate that Pinterest was inaccessible on both PC and mobile devices.
Of course, people use Pinterest – and social networks in general – for a variety of different purposes, and many of those are business uses. Being unable to access information when you need it can have severe consequences, so it’s wise to have a local copy of your content.
SocialSafe allows you to download your Pinterest Pins, comments and photos to your own machine, giving you a searchable journal containing your social network content. Other supported networks include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and LinkedIn, so by backing up all this content in one place on your own machine, you really do get your whole story.