Beeminder Buzz at 30,000 Feet, and other New Year’s Coverage
We’re so proud of our full-page feature in the Southwest Airlines inflight magazine this month that we’re reproducing it here (with permission):
This new online tool forces you to shape up — or pay up.
Here’s how Beeminder co-founder Bethany Soule describes the Web-based, incentivized task tracker: “When I met my co-founder, Daniel Reeves, he was in the doldrums of dissertation writing. That’s when we started concocting a series of incentive schemes and productivity hacks called the Voluntary Harassment Program. It was so effective that he finished his Ph.D. that year and then asked me to marry him. After that, we built a simple website for friends that, paired with small side bets, became indispensible for tracking all sorts of goals. The project evolved into Beeminder. It’s a motivational tool where you pledge money to stay on track to meet any goal. We show your progress using a digital yellow brick road, and we integrate with popular fitness and productivity sites to help you keep pace with your achievements. The way we motivate you is simple: If you miss a milestone, we take the money you pledged—which can range from $5 to several hundred dollars. We’ll even let your Twitter followers know you’ve fallen behind. Most goals are fitness-related, but some use Beeminder to boost productivity at work or fulfill lifelong goals like learning to play guitar. We use it to guarantee at least one improvement to the site each day. We’ve made more than 600 since we launched, and we’re just getting started.” beeminder.com
(Funny story about how that write-up happened. The journalist had heard about GymPact, but couldn’t find a phone number to call them anywhere. In his searches he happened upon us, and our phone number in the footer, and la! Lucky for us. So, yeah, we hate to tip off GymPact in case this happens again, but you should probably add a phone number, Pact Rats!)
Roundup of Other Press
We’re also delighted to be featured in various lists of tools for sticking to your new year’s resolutions:
- Patheos (thanks to Leah Libresco)
- RescueTime, who has been kind enough to feature us multiple times lately, such as in their post on Quantified New Year’s Resolutions
And here are highlights from other coverage since our last Beeminder Buzz Blogging, in mid 2012:
- Genuine Curiosity wrote about us back in July and again last week (and check out the nifty Beeminder graph in Genuine Curiosity’s sidebar — Brent Yorgey has one too)
- Paul Fenwick gave an amazing keynote at OSCON 2012 (“Mindware Upgrades For Fun And Profit”) that featured Beeminder heavily
- Jana Beck beeminds her diabetes — we think this is pretty brilliant!
- An article in Productive Magazine by our own Daniel Reeves and Jill Renaud
- Beautiful writeup of Beeminder on AppStorm
- Great article on Quantified Self with good Beeminder coverage in Mashable
- Mark Forster on the One Must-Do Task system, using Beeminder (we’ve blogged about Mark Forster before)
- Beeminder got a small mention as an example of a “nudger” app in a Harvard Business Review article (this netted a noticeable user spike when reblogged on Lifehacker)
- Sonya Triggs-Wharton on her journey to force herself to do things she doesn’t want to do
- Our own Daniel Reeves spoke on a panel with StickK CEO Jordan Goldberg and Run Or Else founder Fred Trotter at a World Congress on Healthcare IT
- Daniel Reeves taught a session at CFAR’s Rationality for Entrepreneurs Workshop
- We’re listed on ProgrammableWeb and they blogged about us, twice
And for completeness, here’s everything else we know of since mid-2012! Jake Jenkins, and again at a NYC Quantified Self Meetup, A Woman of Less Substance, MetaFilter, Portland Monthly Magazine (in actual print!), Reduce Keystrokes, WeUseThat (which we reblogged ourselves), Business Insider picked up on the WeUseThat buzz, RescueTime (from when we integrated with them), Best Vendor, Katja Grace (with concomitant Hacker News buzz and which we reblogged), Hacker News buzz about the Beeminder API, Julian Friedman, PDX Training blog, Daily Tekk (just a tiny mention), Track Yourself (which places Beeminder at the intersection of “goals” and “money”), Phil Newton (WordPress plugin for Beeminder), Josh Estelle of Google on GmailZero, Productive Superdad’s productivity tools, Pinterest, DayScore (cites Beeminder as inspiration), Loic LeMeur uses Beeminder, About Project Management, Beeminder on Reddit, Tadek on beeminding physical inbox zero, Open Forum, Daniel Reeves at a Portland Quantified Self Meetup, Dreamwidth.org, Hunch.com, wonderful article about Beeminder on the Russian Lifehacker by Dmitry Gorchakov, and an English translation, ADD forum, Marla Cummins (also about ADD/ADHD), Ich-Besser-Mich (in German), a Spanish podcast, Self-control and Beeminder (in Lithuanian), Pomodoros to stay focused. Not to mention all the links we’ve been collecting of people doing awesome things with the Beeminder API!
UPDATE: A more recent press roundup.