“Digi.me’s desktop application provides an interface through which the user can compile, view and search personal data, which they store on their chosen device or cloud-based repository service such as Dropbox or OneDrive. To gain consumer traction the company is, for now, focusing on personal data from across social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, as well as professional networks like LinkedIn and Viadeo.
“The firm offers free or pay services costing between $6.99 and $27.99 a year, depending on the number of social media accounts to be backed up and the level of access to features required. Digi.me will launch a mobile product by the end of the month and expects to have about 300,000 users by yearend.”
Already you can download PC and Mac versions here, and I tried Digi.me on some Facebook postings. From there I could have made PDFs or printouts or exported material to Evernote—not just have used Digi.me as a digital scrapbook. I also could have followed links to the original material online.
Do keep in mind that (1) Digi.me may not be able to preserve everything, (2) it will take time to download a large amount of material even on a high-speed connection, (3) you should make certain you have enough disk space and (4) I’m not sure what bugs remain to be worked out.
While services such as Google may promise “data portability,” this is an entirely different matter from giving the masses the tools actually to use personal material. So good luck to Digi.me. The interface at first glance looks simple enough.
Of course, one question on my mind is whether public libraries shouldn’t be doing something in this space. In the U.K. and elsewhere, might partnerships be possible with Digi.me?
Interested? If so, give Digi.me a try and share with us your impressions, good or bad.
Related: UsBook: Toward a family-friendly alternative to preserve your memories and help future historians while preserving privacy, a proposal on the LibraryCity site.