One of the things that’s been interesting to us for a while now is how we can use our friends to help us get things done – friendsourcing. (See some example previous posts here, here, here, and here.)
We’re excited to launch habitbug, which is a Twitter app that helps you form and maintain habits by holding you accountable to all of your friends.
Since this is an experimental study, there are some slight differences for different users, but here’s the basic system:
- Pick a habit. This should be something you want to do (or avoid) every day. My current goal is to meditate, even for just a few minutes.
- Set a time that you want us to remind you. We’ll send you an @reply when it’s time.
- Check in every day that you do your habit. To make it easy, you can just reply to your reminder from @habitbug with any text you want.
With this system, we’re hoping to learn more about how we can use your friends as an accountability mechanism. I’d love to hear more about what you think! Try it out here! If you find any bugs or issues, please send us an email.