I started tracking what I eat and my weight using Twitter in an effort to shed 10 pounds and consume less. It’s already been (a really fast) two months since I started this experiment — I’ve lost 7 pounds so far. While there are a number of factors that can contribute to weight loss (and gain), I think the simple act of tweeting raised my awareness just enough to make me feel guilty for eating that bag of chips in the middle of the afternoon.
I Need Your Help
So I got enough positive response to keep going with this idea. I expanded my application so that anyone with a Twitter account can monitor his or her weight and eating habits. I also added two more services — sleep (above) and mood (below).
I’m not quite ready to open it up to everyone just yet. You all will be the first to know though. In the meantime, I need some people to test the application under the following non-daunting conditions:
- You have a Twitter account and actually know how to use it
- After two weeks of use, I can email you a few questions about what works and what doesn’t
Ideally you’d want to lose some weight, change your sleeping habits, or are interested in your emotions. It’s sorta useless otherwise. Well, I guess pure curiosity could be another reason. Anyways, if you’d like to test it out, let me know in the comments. Leave your Twitter username and use a valid email address so that I can send you the info to get started.
UPDATE: This isn’t an app that processes your Twitter feed. Rather, you send direct messages to a bot and the app does the rest of the work – a similar process you might have seen on services like mycrocosm, Daytum, or FoodFeed.
I’d love to give this a try. Been on a diet for a month, don’t sleep enough, and tweeted over 600 times last month. I sound like a good lab rat :)
hey, I’d be interesting in doing the sleeping monitoring, been missing out on a lot of it recently.
I would like to test it too. My username is mama_pitufo
Nathan, I’d love in on this: http://twitter.com/brainopera
hey i’d be very interested! ;)
do drop me a note: fridaysdust
Sounds very interesting! I’d love to try it.
it looks like a very nice tool, I’d be happy to test it if you have another free seat. of course sleeping monitoring is my favorite issue.
I’d love the opportunity to help you try this out.
Not really interested in the weight loss side of thngs, but I know I sometimes don’t eat properly!
My sleeping patterns are hopeless!
Been looking for somthing to track my wieght, excersise, sleep and food consuption for sometime. Keen to test and give this a go.
Sounds interesting… Sign me up — balinjdl
Sounds really cool. If you’re still open to volunteers, my twitter name is charliepark. Thanks.
This is something I’ve been thinking about recently, so definitely interested in helping you out!
Sounds good fun..
Have enough testers yet? I’m in:
Sweet ! I’d love to give it a try:
I’d be delighted to help and explore this tool!
I’m in if you have room for one more…
I’d be willing to test the weight-loss app. Tough time of year for weight-loss, of course, but I have to go see Dr. Amy in January and I expect her to yell at me for not losing weight. So, yeah….
I know (and am part) of two other “communities” on Twitter that are focused on weight loss. We just tweet to each other for support. I love your idea and would be thrilled to participate!
I’m interested in participating if you’ve still got room for help.
I’m interested in helping and you’ve hit several of my interest areas (weight loss, getting more sleep).
Thanks for the responses, everyone. I’ll be sending out the invites this afternoon/evening. I do have room for more, so feel free if you haven’t volunteered yet.
as a halftime employee and halftime freelancer I definitely could use a more stable sleep habit. I would love to try it for my sleeping hours.
Let me know if you are still looking for people to get in on this. I have access to the internet all day so it should be fairly easy to keep track of my moods and sleep.
interested and will definitely use it, thanks: http://twitter.com/mikemee
Nathan – Would love to help test it.
Never used twitter before. Just opened my account because this seems like an interesting way to procrastinate (and obtain useful results)! Thanks.
Oops forgot the twitter username http://twitter.com/fboteroj
I think it sounds really interesting. twitter:allisonjacobsen
Yes please! I was so inspired by your original that I tried snagging some of the parts, but I had issues making it work!
http://twitter.com/daftbody (tracks food)
Personal one is at “gnat23”
Wow, it looks like you have more than enough testers. Nonetheless; http://twitter.com/Chimp711
Very interested, I wanted to write one of these myself! User name: drhayes
Particularly interested in my sleeping habits.
Interested in the sleeping patterns and emotional landscapes, would love to participate: http://twitter.com/yasmina
I’m a Twitter power user
Nathan, I’m in if you need me, per my email.
I’m intrigued. If you need more testers, I’m in.
Very interested in trying this out! twitter.com/heatherwest
I like the sound of this,
I would love to be involved in this. Let me know what else you need.
I’d like to participate in the mood one? If that’s possible. Or the sleep one, since I tend to not go to bed.
My username: eruwenfuin
Oh, sign me UP!
BTW – Either a preview or a “tags allowed” section would make it clearer how best to achieve one’s markup goals in a comment. :-)
willing to test, primarily for sleep and mood. i’m not “on a diet” but i might twitter what i eat for migraine diary purposes.
Having my first kid born 2 weeks ago means my sleep schedule is now seriously whacked. Mapping sleep to mood would be very interesting for me right now.
Currently I track my personal hours of sleep in a simple table (with some other information) for a kind of report at the end of the year. Would like to test your way. Thanks.
Please count me in !
I’m very interested in this! My twitter account is dresarii.
I’m new to twitter but would love to try it out.
sleep, mood, food, exercise?
@flowingdata saw your tweet and enjoy the blog… Especially this piece (great use of typography). I would love to participate.
I’m a dataviz junkie and someone who personally tracks her exercise and calorie consumption. Would love to try your app and give feedback
Trying to fix up sleeping patterns
I’ve run an experiment with twitter before, so I’m interested to see how this compares.
That’s exactly what I’ve been looking for to track sleep & mood. (Though–full disclosure–I’m a pretty minor twitter-er)
Excited that you opened it up! If you need more testers, I’m definitely in (/pattib) but if you’re already full, I’ll wait until you open it to the public. :)
I just designed a project very similar to this for my RISD class where I kept track of how I use my time everyday. I’ve already been twittering how much time I spend doing each task.
But measuring time I sleep is something i haven’t thought of and would love to try. Add me!
(if you’d like to see the result, I’ve be glad to show you my project)
hi, i’d like to participate as well,
I’d be interested in taking part if you still need people.
I’m closing off invites for now, but leave a comment and I’ll include you in the next wave of invitations. Thank you for the enthusiastic response, everyone.
hi, iâ€™d like to participate as well,
Sounds a very interesting project, would love to be involved
Hopefully the next wave opens up soon. Would love an invite when it does twitter.com/ddyyll
Hi, I’d like to try this – I’ve been wanting to build a better diet ‘bot for years and would love to get my sleep patterns more regular.
Here’s my twitter link, you can see it’s quite active
Looks like I just missed the cutoff – that’ll teach me to keep up with my RSS feeds!
Seriously though – sign me up. I am already tracking my weight loss a couple of different weighs….training for a marathon along the way.
I’d like to try it out.
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pesti_barnabas on twitter
I could def benefit from some better sleep patterns. I’d like to try.
This sounds fascinating. I never get enough sleep either.
I’d love to test it out when you open up the next wave.
Ok, sign me up.
What do I do now?
I’d love a shot at this too.
I’d love to participate.
I would love to participate. I’m especially interested in tracking my sleep. Thanks!
I’m very interested in this
Hope there’s room left for users in your beta, thanks! /pauric
I’d test it too.
Great idea! I’d like to be a beta tester.
Great idea, I’d like to be a beta tester.
oops forgot to add my twitter address in previous comment
Sign me up for the sleep/emotion tests! twitter.com/chrysaora
Please add me to the beta test:
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here’s hoping this helps me get my sleep schedule back on track.
I just added everyone who left a comment here to the guest list. If you wanna be included in the next handful of invites, follow @yfd
Hey sign me up too, Twitter name @LokeshAwasthy
This is entertaining. If you still need people you can find me on twitter. @thinkergonemad
Am I too late? http://www.twitter.com/caseorganic
would love to participate if it’s not too late. @alexisgoldstein
I would like to be included as well
I’d like to sign up if it’s still open.
I’d love to give it a try.
If you’re still letting people in I’d love to be on board.
FYI – I just added everyone following @yfd to the guest list. Follow @yfd if you’d like to be included in the next wave of invites.