Since first integrating Fitbit into Earndit, we’ve awarded points based on the number of minutes users had in the “fairly active” and “very active” categories as determined by Fitbit’s algorithm. We liked this method of awarding points because it took advantage of a unique measurement captured by the device.
After many discussions internally and with Earndit members, we’ve decided to change the way we award Fitbit points to be based on the number of steps taken as measured by the device. There are three primary reasons why we feel this will be a better user experience for Earndit members who use Fitbit:
- It’s simple to understand. Nobody knows exactly what level of exertion is required in order to enter the “fairly active” and “very active” stratospheres. Those classifications are a big unknown to Fitbit users. Many have even griped that they get different activity minute outputs from Fitbit for the apparently same workout on different days. On the other hand, everybody knows what steps are and they’re a completely objective measurement.
- You can track progress on the device. By awarding points based on steps, it’s now possible to know how many Earndit points you’ve earned at any time in the day simply by looking at your device to see the number of recorded steps. In this way, if you see that you’re not tracking to the number of points that you’d like, you know that you need to increase your physical activity for the remainder of the day. With the prior method of awarding points, you were forced to upload your data to Fitbit and then come over to Earndit to see how many points you’ve earned.
- Working harder gets you more points. Previously, once you were in the “very active” zone, any incremental intensity you exerted wouldn’t be rewarded. You capped out at “very active”. On the other hand, now that points are earned via steps, increasing intensity earns you points that much more quickly. It’s more intuitive.
As with any change, we know that there will be positive and negative reactions to the new way we award points for Fitbit usage. Ultimately we believe it’ll show to be a net positive change for Fitbit users on Earndit.