We know how much everyone loves a good festival and the festival season is now well underway. You’ve got your wellies and waterproofs but you are after a few tips for how to handle your tech for the festival season. Do not fear, digi.me are here with some great tips for you!
Batteries & Charging – You can’t rely on your phone battery surviving for an entire weekend of festival fun so let’s make sure you have plenty of juice whilst you are out and about. There are a few options but we love the external battery options as they are reliable and pain free. Alternatively you could choose to go solar! But be warned you may just be disappointed if it is wet and rainy!
Rain Proofing – There are cheap options and fancy options… It really depends on how you use your phone. You could just put your phone in a sandwich bag and voila phone protected, or you could get a fancy waterproof case for it. There are a few around and they really aren’t that expensive and could save you a mishap or two!
Photo’s & Videos – You are bound to take a few of these whilst you are out and about… but what happens if you lose your phone or worst case it gets stolen. (we hear it happens from time to time) Before you go back up your content from your phone, clear off any pics that don’t need to be on there and make sure you have enough storage space for those new pics and vids. Whilst you are out make sure you are backing up your images & videos to the cloud be that iCloud, OneDrive, Google Drive or somewhere else. Now you have less chance of losing those pics.
Sharing & Saving – You want to share your favourite images & videos with your friends so make sure you have your favourite social media apps downloaded to your phone. Check if your festival has wifi, it’s quicker to upload that way than on the totally jammed mobile networks. If you do have to use your phone to upload try 4g but if that is jammed drop your phone down to use the 3g network. Most others won’t have thought to try that. 🙂
Reliving Your Festival Moments – You’ve just got back from your festival and you want to relive those favourite festival moments. Start up digi.me and sync your social networks. See what pictures and videos you shared and review those fun moments that your friends have tagged you in. You can even save your festival highlights to PDF or upload them to Evernote!
If you have some top festival tips share them with us on Twitter and we will retweet the best of them over the course of the festival season!
I don’t know if you have noticed the recent trends on social media towards sharing video and the importance of video on social media sites. Statistically other than Google search YouTube is the most popular video site in the world however Facebook and Twitter now have video embedded into their timelines as well. The difference here is that if you share video directly through these sites rather than by linking to YouTube you will get more views on these sites.
This in itself leads to a question, do you put your video up on YouTube and link to it from the other sites or do you upload it to multiple places… The answer to this is simple, what is the purpose of your video? To reach as many people as possible or to reach friends, family and colleagues… If it is to reach as many people as possible I would recommend that you upload your video to YouTube but also upload to the social media sites separately don’t link out from YouTube to Facebook as you will lose some of your reach.
For more personal video’s that you really just want to share with those close to you share them directly on Facebook or Twitter. You aren’t after views as such but you are after family noticing them or friends so focus on what is important.
Over the next few months you will see that we are updating our digi.me help and how to videos, let me know what subject areas you would find useful for us to record short videos of and we will share them with you on Facebook and here on our blog.
As we continue to make improvements and add new features to SocialSafe, there are more ways to view and do more with the content backed up within your library. We’ve put together a video showing you the main ways to interact with your content and how to find particular items.
While this video is primarily aimed at new users who have just installed SocialSafe for the first time, this video should help anyone that has been with us for a while and who may not have fully explored all of the features of SocialSafe:
We’ll be continuing to make more of these videos over the coming weeks and months, and would really appreciate any feedback you have so that we can make them as helpful as possible to you, the users. Feel free to let us know what you think about the videos, or anything else we do, by contacting us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+.
At SocialSafe we understand that privacy is a very important issue for a lot of people, and we take yours very seriously. This is why we never see nor store any data that you choose to back up from your social networks. We also recognise the fact that a number of you may be using SocialSafe on machines with shared access – such as a family computer – so a while ago we added password protection for your SocialSafe journal.
As you’ll see, all you need to do is click on ‘Edit Password’ from the menu in the bottom left of the app, and from there you can choose your password. You are also able to set your SocialSafe journal to lock after a period of inactivity (you can choose the length of time), and there is also the option to set your journal to lock when your machine is sleeping.
If you needed to lock your journal immediately, but leave your workstation open for someone else – allowing a housemate or a friend to borrow your laptop to do some work for example – then you can click on ‘Lock Now’ from the menu:
As with every password, it is good practice to make it something memorable to yourself, but not obvious to other people. A combination of numbers, upper and lower case letters and other characters is recommended to make your password as strong as possible.
The big news this week came yesterday when Facebook announced video support for Instagram, the photo sharing app acquired by the social network for around $1bn last year. You could argue that it’s a little late to be joining the party given that Twitter’s Vine already allows for the sharing of short clips (6 second limit), so what did Facebook have up its sleeve to make Instagram video stand out?
Well the ‘hold to record’ method of capture is the same as Vine, but there are some other key differences. Size does matter, and Instagram allows users to create videos up to 15 seconds in length, which is two and a half times as long as Vine’s offering. The actual editing process also allows you to delete the individual clips that make up the whole video, so there’s no need to start from scratch if you fudge one little part of it.
Of course it wouldn’t be Instagram without the filters, and there are 13 brand new ones that can be used when creating videos. One feature that was perhaps over-egged during the press event was something called ‘Cinema’. Essentially it’s image stabilisation for when you’re filming on the move, but YouTube has been doing this for some time. That said, it’s good to see it included.
Another feature of Instagram video that you won’t find in Vine is being able to choose the cover frame. This will surely have a positive effect on sharing, as users can now pick the most interesting looking frame to show off their efforts, which should result in more views. Instagram also boasts a broader range of sharing platforms, with support to instantly upload to Tumblr, Flickr, email and Foursquare, as well as Facebook and Twitter which are Vine’s only current options.
Head over to TechCrunch for a more in-depth look at the difference between Vine and Instagram video, and take a look at your Instagram feed to see if any of your friends have already uploaded any videos! Let us know what you think of the new Instagram video feature by leaving a comment below.
If you can’t beat ’em, join them. Sharing of Vine clips has surpassed those on Instagram images on Twitter, so what does Instagram do? Well it looks like Instagram is adding functionality to support videos. [If you’re reading this and haven’t a clue what Vine is, check out the blog we posted when Twitter’s Vine first launched.]
The idea of Instagram offering a competing service to Vine first spawned a few weeks ago when technology blogger Matthew Keys wrote that internal testing of a video service allowing for 5-10 second clips was occurring at Instagram. At this point it’s still unclear whether any such functionality would be within Instagram or as part of a separate app, nor indeed if users would see the videos in the stream of the other users they follow on the app.
What do you think? Is this a good move on Instagram/Facebook’s part? Would longer clips and therefore a requirement for more user effort take away from the appeal of what makes Vine so popular? Let us know what you think in the comments below.