Fitbit weekly summaries

Fit­bit now sends weekly sum­maries of your activ­ity right to your inbox. It includes a recap of your steps, miles, weight, and sleep changes.

There’s a leader­board col­umn in the email as well as on the site. Not sure how that works since I’ve kept my Fit­bit data pri­vate. For those who want, or need, an extra boost to get going a leader­board could be a cool way to com­pet­i­tively exercise.

Hav­ing a reminder of your activ­ity is a great way to reflect on the past week.

The 37signals Suite and Ownership

37signals launched a bulk sub­scrip­tion suite for their apps a cou­ple of days ago. In the launch announce­ment I noticed that they refer to users as own­ing their apps:

Cur­rently the 37signals Suite is only avail­able for peo­ple who already own a Base­camp, High­rise, Back­pack, or Camp­fire account. If you own any one of these apps you can upgrade to the Suite in less than 60 sec­onds. We will be offer­ing the abil­ity to sign up for the Suite from scratch down the road, but we just don’t know when yet. Note: If you don’t own one of our prod­ucts yet, and you’d like to pur­chase the Suite, just sign up for Base­camp, High­rise, Back­pack, or Camp­fire and then fol­low the upgrade instruc­tions above. (empha­sis mine)

Despite the fact that you pay a monthly fee to use those apps 37signals says users own the prod­uct. They back this up by allow­ing a func­tional HTML or XML export of most con­tent at any time.

Com­pare that to Twit­ter, whose Terms of Ser­vice say “what’s yours is yours – you own your con­tent.” Sounds sim­i­lar right? Too bad Twit­ter does not pro­vide a way to export more than 3200 tweets.

Retweets and permalinks

My last post threw me against an odd stum­bling block with new-style retweets on Twit­ter: there are no perma­links for retweets.

In a post explain­ing the changes to retweets almost a year ago Evan Williams noted var­i­ous prob­lems with the old style of retweets. Two men­tioned were that retweets were untrack­able and that they cre­ated con­fu­sion over attri­bu­tion. This may be true of the old style but the new method is even worse for attri­bu­tion in any medium other than Twitter’s.

That post I men­tion above was about a slick, adap­tive CSS grid frame­work. I only found it because Lau­ren Rabaino retweeted an ear­lier post from Nathan Smith.

So what are my options if I want to give Lau­ren credit in a blog post?

I can link to her pro­file page which will be irrel­e­vant for that tweet in a short while.

I could link to the orig­i­nal tweet from Nathan Smith. This would show Lauren’s pro­file pic­ture as one of the retweets but it doesn’t scale well. If the tweet were more pop­u­lar and had dozens of retweets Lauren’s infor­ma­tion might not even appear. For exam­ple, 56 peo­ple retweeted this but only 15 avatars show.

There ought to be an eas­ier way. Twit­ter should have a perma­link to both the orig­i­nal tweet as well as some­thing I can link to show­ing it was Lau­ren that made me aware of the post.

Proper attri­bu­tion in this case only exists within Twitter’s plat­form. Maybe that’s the point. If that’s true it’s frus­trat­ing to say the least. Retweet­ing is a form of pub­lish­ing and we as users ought to be able to link to any form of pub­lished con­tent on the web.

WordCamp Philly Slides

Later today I’m pre­sent­ing about how to use Edit Flow to mas­ter an edi­to­r­ial work­flow from within Word­Press. The slides below cover what I’m talk­ing about which includes some new fea­tures com­ing in 0.6 which will be released shortly.

If you have any ques­tions about the plu­gin or the talk feel free to drop by in the com­ments. We’re also look­ing for gen­eral feed­back about fea­tures and how Edit Flow is being used. We’d love to hear your thoughts about how you’re using Edit Flow.