Tag: Twitter


Fun With Sparktweets

May 3, 2013

It’s no secret we love data here at Quantified Self, but we also love seeing how people interact with data. We’ve explored many of those interactions here and we’re always on the lookout for new and different ways people communicate their data and the insights therein.  A few weeks ago we wrote up a short…


How To Make A Sparktweet

April 13, 2013

Data visualization theorist and pioneer, Edward Tufte, popularized the use of sparklines, which he describes as “datawords: data-intense, design-simple, word-sized graphics.” Learn to display your own quantitative data to Twitter with a Sparktweet.


#qschat Number 1

March 22, 2012

On Tuesday March 12, Nick Dawson asked if there was a Quantified Self Twitter Chat. Lots of interest followed so we decided to make it happen. We had the very first #qschat twitter chat last Thursday and it was a lot of fun. I learned a lot about what people are thinking and doing in the…


Denis Harscoat on Quantter

March 21, 2011

Denis Harscoat is the founder of Quantter and co-organizer of the London Quantified Self group and the new Paris QS group. He and co-founder Francis Dierick noticed people quantifying their activites on Twitter, and created a simple way to gather this data together. In the video below, Denis takes us on a tour of Quantter…


NodeXL maps of tweets about Quantified Self

January 26, 2011

This is a guest post from Marc Smith, an expert on analyzing social media networks. Thanks Marc! — I am very interested in the Quantified Self conference to be held in Mountain View, California, May 28 and 29.  While I have attended just a few of the in-person meet-ups, which were engaging and intriguing events, I…


Kiel Gilleade on The Body Blogger

November 10, 2010

From the London QS Show&Tell meetup group: Kiel Gilleade talks about his experiences with tracking his heart rate 24×7 and sharing it in real-time via the Internet. More information about the project can be found at Kiel’s Physiological Computing Site and at his BodyBlogger Twitter stream. Watch the video below to hear Kiel talk about…


7 Secrets to Maximize Social Media with Minimal Time

September 17, 2010

Social media is an addictive time suck. We know that, but we still spend almost a quarter of our time on social networking sites. Can this be optimized? Can we get most of the benefits of Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn without such a time cost? People have increasingly been asking me these questions, so I…


Who Publicly Tweets Body Weight Using Withings?

July 8, 2010

On of the most well known QS devices is the Withings WiFi body scale. Automatically transmitting weight to a computer or mobile phone, the scale is a good example of a solid, mainstream approach to self-tracking. But I was curious recently to see how many people are taking advantage of the ability to publicly tweet…


Health Hashtags: A Microsyntax for People and Machines

November 8, 2009

With the explosion of microblogging, tweeting, and status updates, it is clear that embedding personal metrics in social tools is on the tips of our fingers and is a natural extension to the personal toolbox. This post explores the opportunity of OHME (Open Mobile Health Exchange), a first-mover in the new world of Microsyntax, and a new…


“But my job description just said ‘office chair…’”

April 14, 2009

As John Herrman writes: Man Builds Chair that Tweets His Farts, Single-Handedly Justifies Twitter’s Existence. Today’s New York Times has a story about twitter that, in passing, points out that SMS offers a pretty convenient format for automatic monitoring human behavior. But I think the automatic flatulence detecting office chair tells the same story, more…


Self-Tracking Through SMS

November 8, 2008

Just a quick follow up to the last post about Tweet What You Eat, inspired again by Flowing Data and by a telling anecdote from a recent health conference, where I concluded that ubiquitous self-tracking is coming, but perhaps not from the direction expected by many health professionals. At the conference I met the CEO…


Alex Rossi Shows Tweet What You Eat

November 5, 2008

This post makes me happy! One of the most fun things about QS so far has been the sense of optimism and possibility emanating from the frontiers of self-tracking. There is something so obvious about applying basic methods of rational data gathering and analysis to daily life that each little experiment, however simple, hints at…