Be My Fitbit Friend? May 31, 2013 5:59 AM   Subscribe

I got a fitbit, and I'm excited about it. (A fitbit is basically a pedometer that syncs with your computer to keep track of how active you are. It has been discussed on MetaTalk before*) But the "friends" tab on my dashboard is lonely. I have no one to compare myself to! Fellow fitbitting mefites, let's be fitbit friends! Here's my profile; please friend me. If you'd like more fitbit friends, put a link to your fitbit profile in the comments** so you can join in on the fitbit friending frenzy.***

*Here's the previous thread, but it's been over a year, and I imagine that some of the folks who participated in that thread don't really use their fitbits anymore, and some people have gotten a fitbit since then.
**Or, if you've added fitbit to the "Also On" section of your MeFi profile, just say so.
***There is a MetaFilter group on fitbit, but as far as I can tell, groups are kind of useless there, because you don't see group activity on the dashboard, just friend activity.
posted by ocherdraco to MetaFilter-Related at 5:59 AM (69 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

I'm kind of torn between the Fitbit Flex and the UP by Jawbone. (Assuming I can bring myself to spend the money in the first place.) Does the Fitbit community make much of a difference in how useful the device is?
posted by Karmakaze at 6:11 AM on May 31, 2013

I honestly don't know yet, as I've only had mine a week or so. I got the fitbit zip, by the way, which is much less expensive than the other models. It only keeps track of steps and how active you are (i.e., whether you're being sedentary, very active, lightly active, etc.). It might be a good choice if the price tag of the other options gives you pause.
posted by ocherdraco at 6:19 AM on May 31, 2013

The clip style doesn't work for me. Some of my bra's won't hold a clipped thingy securely and I frequently have neither belt nor pockets. (I'm also shaped wrong for anything to ever clip to a waistband or belt.) I had the Weight Watchers extra cheap version of a fitbit and lost it because of that.
posted by Karmakaze at 6:33 AM on May 31, 2013

Thanks, friend request sent!
posted by bowline at 6:36 AM on May 31, 2013

I'm kind of torn between the Fitbit Flex and the UP by Jawbone. (Assuming I can bring myself to spend the money in the first place.) Does the Fitbit community make much of a difference in how useful the device is?

I bought an UP right after version 2 came out. Don't buy one. The bracelet was great, the app was great, the features are awesome (the "wake me when I'm stirring" alarm alone was worth it for me), but after just a few months of daily use, the battery stopped holding a charge. They still haven't worked out their production issues. I even pointedly did not shower in mine, even though they say you can.

Jawbone's got a good reputation, and I'm sad that they didn't work out the problems this release, but this isn't ready for use yet. Which sucks, because I loved the features and the app.

Apple's also evidently working on wearable tech, but there are zero rumors it will come out for WWDC this year, and who knows if it will have a fitness component.
posted by middleclasstool at 6:56 AM on May 31, 2013 [2 favorites]

Here's another comparison between the UP and the Flex. I would say that the community aspect is motivating if you have friends that use the device and are competitive.
posted by amarynth at 7:04 AM on May 31, 2013

So I've thought about using Fitbit, but it doesn't seem practical given that I ride the shakey subway all the time?
posted by Jahaza at 7:22 AM on May 31, 2013

I've been debating which to go with as well, and I'm leaning towards the UP.

I'm not really in it for the social aspect. The UP looks better, and has prettier graphs, double the battery life, and most importantly has the Smart Alarm feature which I have grown to really like a LOT over the last couple of weeks.

I'll have to get over its drawbacks, I suppose. I wouldn't be surprised if the next Gen fixes the lack of computer integration / wireless syncing support.
posted by lazaruslong at 7:24 AM on May 31, 2013

I love my Fitbit One, which clips to every bra I own- securely, in the middle. It's unobtrusive and syncs to my iPhone via Bluetooth and the whole design of it just works. I've been wearing it daily for months now. I am (not competitive, not athletic, and) here.

Another great thing about Fitbit is that it syncs to Health Month, which is an overall-wellness motivation site (not just fitness-diet-weightloss).
Metafilter has a Health Month team here! You should join us for the June game, Fitbit or not!
posted by aabbbiee at 7:26 AM on May 31, 2013

I'll have to get over its drawbacks, I suppose.

Again, not to hammer my previous comment down everyone's throats, but the batteries just flat die after a few months of wear for a lot of users. Example.

I agree that feature-wise it's better in every way other than no wireless sync, but you stand a good chance of it croaking on you in less than a year.
posted by middleclasstool at 7:46 AM on May 31, 2013 [1 favorite]

Jahaza, mine has not interpreted the subway or the bus as activity.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:02 AM on May 31, 2013 [1 favorite]

I actually really hate the new dashboard. It doesn't feel intuitive and seems much less useful to me. :(
posted by yeoz at 8:42 AM on May 31, 2013

I can second the comments about the poor production quality of the Up. After a long wait while they "worked out the issues", I bought a second generation one. The batteries failed within a couple months. Getting it replaced was a huge hassle, and the second one died within weeks. I took it back to Apple (where I bought it), and thankfully they gave me my money back.

I've got a FitBit Flex on order, and will check in here to friend you fine people as soon as it arrives.
posted by duien at 8:58 AM on May 31, 2013

Man, that's a serious bummer about the UP's battery woes. Ugh. Well, shit.
posted by lazaruslong at 9:03 AM on May 31, 2013

My Fitbit died a sad washing machine death so I've got a Flex on order. If anyone wants to friend me, although it'll be a few weeks before I have activity again, link's in my profile.
posted by Stacey at 9:28 AM on May 31, 2013

I friended you, girl. Now I need to put my Flex on!
posted by bearwife at 9:49 AM on May 31, 2013

You should join us for the June game, Fitbit or not!

Thanks but no thanks. I deleted my HM account after getting shunned for no reason I could detect by our MetaFilter "team."
posted by bearwife at 9:52 AM on May 31, 2013

The Wirecutter looked at the two Fitbit products, UP and a couple others. I'm ordering a One as I type, and may be some of y'all friends shortly.
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 9:57 AM on May 31, 2013

I have noticed that if I am bouncing/walking around in the elevator as it rises, I will sometimes accumulate floors that I didn't actually work for. But, on the other hand, Fitbit has no way of knowing about resistance (such as if the steps I'm taking are while pushing a wheelbarrow full of bricks up the driveway, or instead while stumbling from the couch to the fridge and back), so I think it all works out in the end.
posted by aabbbiee at 10:20 AM on May 31, 2013

Wait -- there are BADGES?

posted by Madamina at 10:27 AM on May 31, 2013 [4 favorites]

This is just a sneaky Turing Test, isn't it? If I sign up and somebody notices that I literally haven't moved an inch in several years, there are bound to be questions. Nice try, hu-mans.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:51 AM on May 31, 2013 [5 favorites]

Ah, but you can also mess with the observers by clipping your Fitbit to a cat's collar and letting them rack up the steps for you.

Not that I've done that, or anything.
posted by Stacey at 10:53 AM on May 31, 2013 [1 favorite]

Q: Who's a kitty?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:58 AM on May 31, 2013 [1 favorite]

I love my fitbit zip, which I bought because I didn't want to wait for the fitbit flex to come out.

Now I really want the fitbit flex, but I'm not sure I can justify the cost. I wish it did stairs, then it would be easy!

Now I can be publicly shamed by my lack of steps! :P
posted by needlegrrl at 11:29 AM on May 31, 2013

The worst part is that you can't have two active devices at once, so I can't have my fitbit flex and the other one for climbing stairs versus other stuff occasions.
posted by winna at 11:44 AM on May 31, 2013

This is me.

I have the One, and started with the older model before that. I had a couple of problems with the older version: the first device just stopped working (I, uh, apparently sweat too much for it to handle), and the second stopped charging one day for no good reason. Both iMessage, Fitbit sent me a free replacement, and the second time I got an upgrade because they'd stopped supporting the other. Their customer service is awesome.

The One has held up through long runs (10-12 miles) and desert life quite well for several months now. I love it.
posted by Superplin at 11:48 AM on May 31, 2013

Requests sent!
posted by rmd1023 at 12:02 PM on May 31, 2013

This is me!

1. I have the Fitbit that came out a year and a half ago.

2. Don't be daunted by my stepcount; I went hiking last week which inflated it a bit.

I'd love more Fitbit friends!
posted by spinifex23 at 1:32 PM on May 31, 2013 [1 favorite]

>Jahaza, mine has not interpreted the subway or the bus as activity.

No, nor riding in a car but it does interpret riding a motorcycle as steps. I rode to Birmingham, AL on my BMW and I had "walked" like 30 miles according to my fitbit.

Friend request sent, BTW.
posted by workerant at 1:47 PM on May 31, 2013 [1 favorite]

Does anyone else have a BodyMedia/BodyBugg, or am I the only weirdo running around with a massive armband?
posted by elsietheeel at 2:11 PM on May 31, 2013

I just activated the Fitbit that I got as a hand-my-down from my wife after she upgrade to the wristband one. My profile is in my Metafilter profile.
posted by octothorpe at 2:55 PM on May 31, 2013

but it does interpret riding a motorcycle as steps

Not a problem I anticipate having!
posted by Jahaza at 2:56 PM on May 31, 2013

So, I just noticed on the Friends page that you are given options to do the following: message your friend, taunt your friend, or cheer your friend. Could someone taunt me? I am curious about this.
posted by ocherdraco at 3:25 PM on May 31, 2013

Here is the Friends page, btw. I meant to link.
posted by ocherdraco at 3:33 PM on May 31, 2013

Could someone taunt me?

Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:04 PM on May 31, 2013 [6 favorites]

Here's my fitbit profile. I'm bracing for a mass enspousening event.
posted by workerant at 4:31 PM on May 31, 2013

this is me, feel free to add me ;_;

(yall know that you can add fitbit to the list of social whatevers in your mefi profile right?)
posted by yeoz at 4:37 PM on May 31, 2013

This is me! More external accountability = doubleplus good.

For Health Month, the people asking to join the team, please note that you need to either join with your metafilter name, or put your metafilter name in your HM profile, or memail me here to link them up, so that I know you are a legit MeFite. I get all sorts of requests to join from random Brazilians and whatnot so if I can't recognize you as a MeFite I won't add you.
posted by ambrosia at 5:26 PM on May 31, 2013

So I've got my fitbit account linked to my Lose it! account along with my Runkeeper account and my Withing's scale account. I am thoroughly measured.
posted by octothorpe at 5:47 PM on May 31, 2013

I'm in like Flynn, baby!

Picked up a burgundy One a couple hours ago and promptly realized I should get an iPhone 5 now, ain't it always the way...
posted by Madamina at 3:41 PM on June 1, 2013

For those who are on the fence: I adore my Jawbone UP. No issues with battery life or build quality after a few weeks.
posted by samthemander at 4:56 PM on June 1, 2013

Here I am.

I haven't used it much since I finished spring teaching a month ago. It tends to add steps when I'm driving the car around, and I've been driving a lot lately. I bought it because I've gained 20 lbs. sincd 9/12. Ugh.
posted by mecran01 at 9:47 PM on June 1, 2013

I just friended a whole bunch of you. Here's me. (I'm doing this Global Corporate Challenge thing through work and failing miserably. Maybe you guys can give me some additional encouragement.)
posted by web-goddess at 6:29 PM on June 2, 2013

Another Jawbone Up datapoint: got my first one at the end of November last year but had to replace it in February due to poor production quality issues. Same issues are now starting to show on my replacement. I don't think I can my money back at this point so I'll keep asking for replacements. Maybe they'll get the hint and fix the issue.

The Up easily looks the best out of all the fitness trackers and I really like the vibrating idle alert and the sleep tracking. I always got a full week's worth of use on each charge but I only hit about 10K steps each day. To be honest, it doesn't do that much for its price and I've been disappointed with the build quality. I cannot recommend the second generation of the Up to anyone.
posted by tksh at 6:39 PM on June 2, 2013 [1 favorite]

ooh, ooh. I've friended a bunch of you, this is me.

I'm kind of obsessed with my fitbit, mostly because my walk to work involves many hills and I appreciate that the 'stair counter' rewards me with numbers. Also, badges. I am so easily swayed by badges.
posted by halcyonday at 2:21 AM on June 3, 2013 [1 favorite]

Here's me, feel free to friendify.

Just picked up a fitbit one and the aria scale this weekend after my fiancée casually mentioned that we're quickly coming up on T-1 year for the spousifying, and there's definitely some work to be done if I'm gonna be rocking the custom suit that I'm lusting after.
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 9:28 AM on June 3, 2013

Me. :)
posted by needlegrrl at 1:01 PM on June 3, 2013

Finding it pretty easy to hit 5000 steps a day just walking to work and back. I was doing some exterior house painting this weekend and racked up over 18,000 and 11,000 on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Really explains why I weighed 175 pounds back when I was a professional house painter and weigh 225 now that I'm a software engineer. Hoping to split the difference and hit around 200 by the fall.
posted by octothorpe at 9:34 AM on June 4, 2013

Here is me, I'm going to friend the rest of you!

I have the flex and so far I really like it. I am so easily motivated by little blinky lights.
posted by inertia at 12:34 PM on June 4, 2013

What do the blinky lights do?
posted by ocherdraco at 8:15 PM on June 4, 2013

They motivate.
posted by lazaruslong at 8:15 PM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]

I'm hoping they'll serve as a quick and easy way to check how I'm doing on my step goals when I'm actually out walking around, and it is not convenient to check the website and/or fish a Fitbit One out of my bra to check the display.

Someday. When my Flex arrives. I am not a patient woman.
posted by Stacey at 10:35 AM on June 5, 2013 [1 favorite]

Says you. I loved fishing into my shirt and horrifying my mother. (I think my chest frightens her. It didn't come from HER side.)
posted by Madamina at 9:43 PM on June 5, 2013 [2 favorites]

I horrified my dad exactly that way! But then he got so entranced by the Fitbit he forgot he was horrified. Then I got him one, which he loses every year, so I get him a new one every Christmas. I may never have to think about a Christmas gift for him again.

(no, he does not want to be friends with any of you on He's pretty sure you're all serial killers with low step counts because you're out murdering instead of exercising.)
posted by Stacey at 4:03 AM on June 6, 2013

posted by rmd1023 at 4:14 AM on June 6, 2013

It does actually work as motivation. It's raining today, I was late and I'm wearing business casual because I have an awards dinner to go to tonight so normally I'd hop in the car but I put my rain coat on and walked because I don't want to risk missing my 5000 steps.
posted by octothorpe at 6:32 AM on June 6, 2013

Stacey: "(no, he does not want to be friends with any of you on He's pretty sure you're all serial killers with low step counts because you're out murdering instead of exercising.)"

I'd think the serial killers would have a high step count because they have to follow their victims around. It's not all lurking in bushes.
posted by Karmakaze at 6:46 AM on June 6, 2013 [2 favorites]

(no, he does not want to be friends with any of you on He's pretty sure you're all serial killers with low step counts because you're out murdering instead of exercising.)

I'm a little offended that he doesn't think that murdering is good exercise. It follows a vigorous aerobic whole-body chasing/stabbing workout with deadlifting, then the shallow-grave digging really strengthens your core.

Um, in other news my Fitbit arrived, and I'm right here to be friends with!

Perhaps I should have just posted that second part.
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 5:33 PM on June 6, 2013

Karmakaze: I went with the Jawbone Up and I've been very pleased with it. Feel free to MeMail me if you have any questions.
posted by Dr. Zira at 7:25 PM on June 8, 2013

Here's me. Late to the party.
posted by Crankatator at 3:48 AM on June 9, 2013

This is me. Feel free to friend!
Fitbit also sent me a replacement One for my Ultra that stopped working, but there was a snafu where they initially sent me just a clip and no replacement tracker, so it took over a month to get the replacement. I am going to add all yous now.
posted by tangaroo at 5:47 AM on June 9, 2013

While I'm here, I'll mention that I lost my Fitbit One about two weeks after I got it (for Xmas). I was on a business trip and it must have fallen out of my pocket.

I emailed Fitbit to see if they had any low-cost replacement options, and they sent be a new One for free. Hooray for customer service!
posted by Crankatator at 6:15 AM on June 9, 2013

Here I am, incredibly late to the party.

I just have to remember to wear it every day.
posted by ursus_comiter at 1:21 PM on June 10, 2013

Whew, I think I've friended you all now. Of course, today I had to take it off to let it charge for an hour or so and I am distraught at all the steps my fitbit missed!
posted by inertia at 12:59 PM on June 11, 2013

Well, the battery issues scared me off from the Up, and I'm taking other posters' word that the One is bra-friendy, so here I am.
posted by Karmakaze at 4:23 PM on June 14, 2013

My bra of choice is a decent exposures bra which is not quite a jogbra but is on the sports bra side of the lingerie spectrum. No problem clipping my FitBit One to the bra, though, leaving it tucked in my cleavage.
posted by rmd1023 at 12:03 PM on June 17, 2013 [1 favorite]

Thank you for mentioning Decent Exposures! I have wanted to order something from them, but couldn't remember their name, and googling was getting me nowhere.
posted by ocherdraco at 7:49 PM on June 17, 2013

I am finally be-fitbitted again, so here's me. I'm trying to get started on a Couch to 5k, and I (as of recently) don't own a car, so hopefully I can actually make my 10,000 step goal. I've only ever tried to do 5,000 before and didn't usually hit it.
posted by duien at 6:21 PM on June 28, 2013

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