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Jamillah Knowles | 14:50 UK time, Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Hello Outriders!

This week on the podcast we consider a whole day without email, learn about a new place for your data online and try our best to remember what we were doing this time, last year.

Many of us are present on all sorts of social networks, you might have accounts still active on Myspace, Facebook, Twitter and then store photos via Twitpic, YFrog and Instagram as well as audio here and there and well. I can be a big mess when it comes to years of posting your lives online and then trying to reclaim that information. So what to do?

 

 

Well, Singly was launched last week at the Web 2.0 conference and it's mission online is to give us some control over our data and keep it all in one place. Jason Cavnar is one of the co-founders of Singly and explained why gaining control of your data can help us be more creative.

 

 

So when it comes to posting your activities online, can you remember what you were doing a year ago? If you are curious about your online past life you might want to try 4squareand7yearsago which will send you an email about your 4Square activities a year later. It's a neat way to explore your digital past. Jonathan Wegener who runs the site explains how it came to life.

 

 

Now, do you find your email inbox to be an insurmountable horror - or is the horror in the idea that you would not, for any reason be able to check your email? Well, IT professional and social media expert Paul Lancaster is encouraging us to consider our email use - by not using it for a day. He told me all about No Email Day. Would you be able to survive?

 

That's all for this week, but if you would like to get in touch to share something you have been making or to highlight a theme online that you would like to explore then there are a number of ways that you can reach me. Outriders at bbc dot co dot uk is the email address for longer messages, Twitter of course for short shouts - look for @BBC_Outriders and you can always check our Facebook page
in between by searching for Outriders.

 

 

Until next week!

~ Jamillah

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