My interest got aroused about The Quantified Self. Peter Drucker's credo "If you can't measure it, you can't manage it." gets a twist towards
If you can't measured it, you haven't done it!
Facebook updates and Tweets are only a pretty rough estimation of what we are up to. What if we can quantify that...scary? Maybe, but it's already happening, this is where I have been quantified so:
- how much have I published, see Academic Search, ResEval, Scholar Index, QuadSearch, CIDS
- how often have I listened to which music, e.g. last.fm
- how many applications I have installed on my phone, appaware.org
- which products I like, my2cents.mobi
- how many people I share biz ties with, linkedin
- ...and how much I travel knows my miles account, my spendings the credit card etc.
Why not capturing all these and putting into one place, a facebook for quantified activities, a pachube for personal tracking. It's there:
A nice way of how the quantified self can directly feedback for personal improvement is this meditation assistant:
A quantt (notice the double t) is a simple way of describing human effort in social network status messages like Twitter and Facebook. It takes the form of:
#verb:value(optional unit) eg. #run:8miles (see quantter.com)