UK software company SocialSafe has completed a second interim-funding round of $1 million. This funding round sees further investment from Marco Sodi and other previous investors, along with a number of investors from UK based group Knight Ventures.
SocialSafe, a UK software company which enables people to create local copies of all the content they have shared in social media sites, has completed a second interim-funding round of $1M, allowing the Farnham based business to expand its offering onto mobile devices.
This second interim-funding round sees further investment from Marco Sodi and other previous investors, along with a number of investors from UK based group Knight Ventures. In terms of new additions to the investment portfolio, one name that may sound familiar is that of Microsoft’s Researcher Emeritus, Gordon Bell.
Gordon joins the SocialSafe journey as both an investor and advisor. A widely known and well respected figure in the tech community, Gordon’s pioneering work in the field of ‘life-logging’ puts him in a strong position to help SocialSafe by sharing his vision and experience with the team. Gordon’s input will be invaluable to SocialSafe as the company continues to break new ground in the realm of social data backup, social data aggregation and the wider aggregation and reuse of all your personal cloud data.
Speaking of his decision to become a part of SocialSafe, Gordon said:
“SocialSafe is leading the way for consumers to regain control of the content they share in social media. Simply being able to backup and search across all your social content at once is incredibly powerful, but when Julian showed me the other features of SocialSafe and told me about his plans for future development, it was clear that I had to be a part of this.”
SocialSafe was founded by seasoned entrepreneur, Julian Ranger, who has a history of working with successful tech startups in the UK for well over 20 years.
Ranger commented “As people increasingly share their life experiences through social media, there’s a growing awareness that their most treasured photos, videos and memories are housed on systems owned by numerous companies that are often based halfway around the world. I think people are starting to see the real value in being able to reclaim ownership of their content. This funding enables us to bring our proposition to mobile devices; giving millions more people the ability to own their own data.”
Last year SocialSafe completed a $538k funding round, after which it was able to add Pinterest, RSS and Instagram video to the list of supported social network services, as well as adding the first set of analytical features, which are still being improved upon.
SocialSafe will use this funding to establish itself in the mobile market via a version of the app that operates on smartphones and tablets, giving users access to their collated content and SocialSafe’s features wherever they are. This will in part be related to another development; Device Independence. This will allow each user’s library of personal data (“Your library of You”) to be held in their own personal cloud (Microsoft’s SkyDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc) and hence accessible from any connected device, which will include smartphones and tablets.
Plans for the immediate future include the release of Collections, which will allow the selective grouping of content items from across all networks, as well as improving the export function to allow for PDF. There are also plans to expand the range of content backed up from networks currently supported within the app, and this will include the ability to import Twitter’s own download archive into SocialSafe. As well as improving the existing network support, SocialSafe plans to enable backup for more services as APIs become available from the networks themselves, and also improve the Insights feature by adding more analysis tools.
The value in having all of this social content readily available in one place should not be lost on business users. Social network accounts now constitute legitimate communications with customers and clients, and as such any exchanges are subject to the same FOI data requests. Being able to search, group together and export individual items of content across many networks will allow businesses to be fully compliant with data requests.
SocialSafe is the backup tool for social media users that puts the account owner in complete control of their data. Currently supporting Facebook Profiles, Facebook Pages, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, Viadeo, Pinterest and RSS feeds, users can back up their content from these networks to their own machine, with the added guarantee of total privacy. By storing all content on the user’s own machine, the content owner has complete control over their data. The SocialSafe journal allows users to search, view, browse and export their content on their own machine, as well as including built-in analytical functions.
For more information please visit http://socialsafe.net
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People/organisations mentioned in this press release: SocialSafe, Julian Ranger, Marco Sodi, Knight Ventures, Gordon Bell, Microsoft Research.