Sneak Peek: New Version of your.flowingdata Coming Soon

The brand new version of your.flowingdata (YFD) is coming soon, and of course, as a FlowingData reader, you get the first peak. Newer readers might not know what I’m talking about. Well, it’s an online application that lets you collect data about yourself via Twitter.

Follow @yfd on Twitter to be the first to try it out when it’s ready.

But wait, let me back up a bit…

Way back in October of last year (2008), I wrote a quick and dirty script – my first Twitter bot – to record my weight and eating habits. The user interface was one page that showed my progress.

That quickly evolved into a simple application that others could use (and some are still using) that could record eating and weight the same way I was. There was also a new tracker to record feelings. It was the birth of YFD so to speak.

In March of this year (2009), I put up a new version with more trackers, an upgraded UI, and a more reliable backend. This version actually got a bit more attention than I expected.

More importantly though, I got a lot of great feedback from all of you – what worked, what didn’t work, and what else would be cool. Thanks for that.

A Sneak Peak

So I took in all that feedback and everything else I learned and went to work on a new version of YFD, which is what I’ve been working on for the past two months on and off.

I won’t go into all the details. I’ll do that when the new version is up, but here are a few screenshots:




As you can see, the new version is all about flexibility and exploration. While there’s still a lot to be done before I’ll be really happy with it, I like where things are headed, and I think you all will like the new features.

Be sure to follow YFD on Twitter to stay up-to-date on when you can start collecting and exploring data about yourself.

Thoughts or suggestions? Please leave them in the comments below.

P.S. If you’re a YFD test user, feel free to continue recording data as you are now. All of your data will be available in the new version.



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