I like to keep track of my personal life and I do that with multiple tools. Today, for the first time, I did a small analysis and compiled most of the data which was available to me. There were no real big surprises among the data, but either way, it’s interesting to see where you have been, what you have visited and how active you’ve been both online and offline.
The first app I use on a day-to-day basis is foursquare. All of you probably know this app, but what you maybe didn’t know is that you have a ‘statistics’ tab if you go the website. There you can find information about all your check-ins and how that translates in interesting information.
For April, so far, I discovered that I checked in 113 times, that 22% of my check-ins were at places I’ve never been, that 56 of those 113 places were different from each other and that I checked in with friends 9 times.
A second app I use is ‘Google Latitude‘. Depending on the device this is a function within your Google Maps app (BlackBerry & Android) or a separate app (iOS). It doesn’t require active ‘checking in’. You just let it run in ‘the background’ and it will keep track of where you’ve been basically.
Information you get looks like this:
Always good to know how far you still have to go to reach the moon 🙂
So I can see which countries I’ve visited, how I spent my time (at home, work or out).
Another feature of Latitude is that you can add friends so you can see where they are. Sounds a little creepy, but for your best friends, its a really nice and handy feature.
One detail maybe worth mentioning is that the accuracy of Latitude is not very precise since it doesn’t use GPS but Mobile networks to locate your position because of battery saving reasons.
A third app or tool I use is my Nike Fuelband. It tracks how active I am during the day and allows me to set goals and keep track of the calories I burnt.
Also here you can get some interesting statistics that look something like this:
A fourth tool I use is Klout. This doesn’t track geographical activity but activity on social media. What you do is, you basically link all your accounts (facebook, twitter, foursquare, wordpress, etc.) to your Klout account, and it gives you a general score of how active you are and how much influence you have in the social media landscape. It’s a good tool to see how you can build audience and to track how that is evolving over time.
Stats of Klout look like this:
A fifth tool I started using recently are my Necomimi Brainwave Ears. They track my brain activity and are able to tell me when I’m excited, relaxed or concentrated. Unfortunately I’m not able to get statistics about my activity since this device doesn’t save evolution over time. But they’re working on it, read this: Neurotagging
All these tools are really to set up. It basically takes you a smartphone, maybe a wristband and some self-discipline to check-in and keep your apps updated about your personal information!