Add more content to your lifelog. Export it to your favorite platforms.

Saga and IFTTT are at it again. As partners in automating everything, today’s IFTTT release helps you customize the content in your lifelog, export it to your favorite applications, and send yourself smart reminders while you are out exploring. Give a gift to your future self. Set up some recipes in IFTTT and let Saga take care of the rest.

Tell Your Unique Life Story

Our integration with IFTTT adds exciting new customization options for your lifelog. Now, you can automatically add notes to your lifelog, such as status updates from Facebook and Twitter, links from your WordPress and Tumblr blogs, information about the step goals you’ve achieved in Jawbone and FitBit, and details of your phone calls.

This feature lets you personalize your lifelog with the content that care about, presented according to your specifications.

Sample Recipes:

  • Facebook status updates into Saga

IFTTT Recipe: Add Facebook statuses to my lifelog connects facebook to saga

  • Tumblr post into Saga

IFTTT Recipe: Add tumblr posts to my Saga lifelog connects tumblr to saga

  • Daily movement from Jawbone into Saga

IFTTT Recipe: Add Jawbone movement to my Saga lifelog connects up-by-jawbone to saga

  • Phone calls into Saga

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Categories: IFTTT, Lifelogging

What Gets Quantified in Bed is Not Just Sleep

By / September 11, 2014 /

What Gets Quantified Between the Sheets (It’s Not Just Sleep)

Generally speaking, people who engage in Quantified Self experiments are trying to improve something — often health or fitness-related. Apps and wearables are now available to track almost anything, including your sex life.

The internet recently collectively snickered at the guy who sent his wife a spreadsheet  detailing her reasons for not having sex with him over the course of a month. This probably did not have the desired effect, especially after she posted it on Reddit. There have, however, been more successful sex tracking projects detailed on the internet.

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 1.25.58 PMOne Reddit user and his wife tracked their sex and masturbation habits for a year and saw marked improvement in their sex life and ability to discuss this touchy subject. While he and his partner still have a disparity in their sex drives, they are now able to see the numbers and at least know what to expect, and he was actually pleasantly surprised when he saw the results — keeping a record can help you appreciate what you have. They discovered the optimal day for sex during his wife’s monthly cycle, and he discovered that when he took up hobbies he masturbated less frequently. This all improved their satisfaction with their sex life. The results are detailed here. (NSFW).

Sex tracking apps like Spreadsheets use phone sensors to quantify the sex act itself, using metrics … Read More

Categories: Quantified Romance, Quantified Self, Sex

Quantifying the LTR: How Couples Use Data For Healthy Relationships

By / September 4, 2014 /

This is the second in a three part series on quantified dating, relationships, and sex.

The Habits of Healthy Relationships

Long term relationships are a bit puzzling. Some couples stay truly satisfied over decades of marriage, while others disintegrate within a few years. Some even choose to stay in unhappy relationships for decades. There doesn’t seem to be a formula, but there are ways couples use Quantified Self tools to strengthen their relationships. Self tracking tools bring unbiased information about a partner’s emotional state, such as whether or not he slept well or she enjoyed a concert. If you know your partner is tired or in a bad mood, that can inform how you behave toward them.

“Data brings you the power to change your relationship, and that’s huge.” — Dave Asprey

Dave Asprey

Dave Asprey of The Bulletproof Executive has been quantifying his relationships for years. From tracking his ex-girlfriend’s food intake and mood to his wife’s menstrual cycle, Asprey has extended the Quantified Self to include his partner, and he claims this leads to healthier intimate habits, and ultimately a better relationship.

Personal science can help you understand and improve your relationship if you know what to look for. Marriage expert John Gottman has spent forty years studying couples, and he refers to people as Masters or Disasters of relationships. The good news is that you can learn the habits of the Masters, but that means paying close attention to … Read More

Categories: Quantified Romance, Quantified Self

Quantified Dating

By / August 28, 2014 /

This is the first in a three-part series of posts about quantified dating, relationships, and sex. 

Data-Driven Romance

When it comes to affairs of the heart, people tend to balk at the idea of using data to find a match. Even the fancy algorithms of online dating sites can’t predict chemistry. But it turns out that a bit of personal data analysis can make a huge difference when looking for love online.

A woman who went through a difficult divorce in 2013 has a Tumblr called “Quantified Breakup” where she illustrates some of the measurable effects of the breakup — like texts to friends, retail therapy spending, and instances of crying in public. Quantified Self data is most interesting when it reveals a process or transformation. Turning her grief into infographics not only helps her process her emotions, but it also reveals that she is getting better over time. Now her blog focuses on how she’s moving on: the awkward and surreal world of dating.

Like the majority of people who do online dating, she’s not interested in most of the men she meets, and vice versa. She measures the presence of “sparks” by the number of text messages exchanged. This great animated visualization illustrates what happened when she met a guy she’s into. He’s the sixth person she has met, and she exchanged a total of 1,249 texts with him over about a month. The most she exchanged with any previous date was 41.

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Categories: Quantified Romance, Quantified Self

IFTTT Recipes for Work Productivity

By / August 13, 2014 /

We know many of our Saga fans use lifelogging as a digital timesheet for work. As an added layer, this week’s IFTTT recipes help automate some of your professional tasks, such as logging your hours at a client’s office or sending an automated message to your network.

Do you and your colleagues travel a lot? Automatically let your co-workers know when you are at the airport using Yammer.

IFTTT Recipe: Let my colleagues know when I'm at the airport. connects saga to yammer

Once you get to your conference, automatically tweet it so that your wider professional network knows you have arrived.

IFTTT Recipe: Tweet when I arrive at a conference or tradeshow. connects saga to twitter

And for consultants and salespeople, it’s nice to track your time spent with clients. Log those office visits to your calendar or Google Drive with the following recipes. IFTTT Recipe: Add an event to my calendar when I visit an office. connects saga to google-calendar

IFTTT Recipe: Log visits to offices of more than one hour. connects saga to google-drive

Are those meetings lingering a little too long? Get an automated phone call at work! (But seriously, maybe you should just talk to your co-workers.)

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IFTTT Recipe of the Day: Family Connections

By / August 1, 2014 /

Hey, parents! How many times do you have to remind your kid to send a message so you know she is safe? Hey, kids! How many times do your parents nag you for an update on your location? Hey, couples! Do you make a stop at the grocery store and forget to ask your SO if they need anything? IFTTT and Saga can help automate the day-to-day communication that we often forget – and keep things running smoothly on the homefront.

  • If I arrive at a grocery store, send a message to my family asking if they need anything. (You can write this recipe for drugstores, department stores, and convenience stores, too.)
  • Tell my parents I’ve arrived safely at school.
  • Remind me to take a family selfie when we’re somewhere fun.
  • Send Mom and Dad loving emails while I’m away at college.
  • Let my family know when I’ve arrived at an airport or hotel during a business trip.

IFTTT Recipe: If I arrive at a grocery store send an SMS connects saga to android-sms

IFTTT Recipe: Tell my family when I've arrived safely to school. connects saga to gmail

IFTTT Recipe: Remind me to take a family selfie when we're somewhere fun! connects saga to android-notifications

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Categories: Family, IFTTT, Saga, Social Lifelogging, Uncategorized

Data Visualization: How the Right Analysis Makes Your Data Useful

By / July 31, 2014 /

Running through column after column of your personal data isn’t exactly inspiring. Even if you can see clear trends in the numbers, understanding how strong those trends are can be tough. Getting a handle on those numbers requires one of the two following options: some robust statistical analysis or a way to visualize your personal data.

Even if you had a good stats class in college, data visualization will probably offer an easier option than going through all of the formulas to decide on how reliable your data is. When you consider that the ways you hope to use your personal data probably don’t require that level of analysis, data visualization becomes the more appealing option. When you see some of the different ways data can become even more meaningful with the right visualization, that approach will become the obvious choice.

Data Visualization Prompts Interesting Questions

Consider Aaron Parecki’s visualizations of his GPS coordinates over four years. He gathered 2.5 million data points, which would have been relatively difficult to deal with on a case-by-case basis. But when he created a visualization of the data, the image essentially provided a map of his home city (Portland, Oregon). Parecki also tracked his travels outside of Portland. The data is pretty enough on its own, but looking at it could easily prompt questions that a lifelogger wouldn’t think to ask in advance, like how to optimize a commute or decide where to live in a given city.

Data Visualizations Suggests New Experiments

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Categories: Data, Data Analysis, Data Visualization

Why Doctors Love the Idea of Apple’s Healthkit

By / July 29, 2014 /

How will mobile health records improve your care?

Your doctor doesn’t really care about your health stats: knowing that you’ve met your goal of walking 10,000 steps every day doesn’t really give a medical professional a reason to sit up and pay attention. As long as you’re continuing to stay in good health, your fitness records are probably only interesting to you (even if they’re invaluable for improving your own performance).

Instead, doctors are interested in your medical records — and the technology that may make those records truly portable.

The Real Reason Doctors Care About Healthkit

Doctors are particularly interested in Apple’s new Healthkit app because of their interest in better handling patients’ records. While the app seems like a Quantified Self adherent’s dream, there are subtle indications that Apple is thinking much better. While screen caps of the Healthkit app show that it will pull together fitness data under one roof, they also show tools for the following information:

  • What medications the user takes
  • The user’s vital signs
  • The user’s lab results
  • Diagnostic data and tools

While this data is clearly useful for individual users who want to manage their own health better, doctors and other medical professional may find it equally useful.

Right now, if your current doctor wants to know what tests your last doctor conducted, the odds are pretty good that she’ll have to contact that doctor’s office for the information — and may have to wait for … Read More

Categories: Apple, Data, Health

IFTTT Recipes for Outdoor Enthusiasts

By / July 25, 2014 /

Go outside and play! And make sure to tell your family, keep a digital archive, and announce it on Twitter without taking your phone out of your pocket. Today’s IFTTT recipes are for those of you who would rather be kicking back at the beach, hiking a trail, or summiting a volcano. Now you can announce visits to hotspots on Twitter, tell your family where you’re hiking, and log your time outdoors on your Jawbone UP.

In addition to these Saga recipes, check out other IFTTT recipes for Nature Lovers.

Broadcast my beach visits on Twitter
IFTTT Recipe: Broadcast my beach visits on Twitter connects saga to twitter

Log my time outdoors on my Jawbone UP IFTTT Recipe: Log my time in the Great Outdoors connects saga to up-by-jawbone

Tell my family when I visit a hiking trail
IFTTT Recipe: Tell my family when I'm at a hiking trail connects saga to life360

Keep track of my Great Outdoors visits IFTTT Recipe: Keep track of my Great Outdoors visits connects saga to google-drive

Categories: Uncategorized

Fluxstream: A Better Tool for Data Exploration

By / July 24, 2014 /

Fluxstream can display data in a number of ways.

With all the gadgets and apps that keep coming out, it’s pretty clear that we’ve figured out how to effectively collect plenty of data. But actually using that data is proving a more complicated problem at every level. Even figuring out the best tools for using our own data has proven difficult. At least part of the problem may be a question of how we even think about data collection.

Building a Better Process

Anne Wright spoke at the 2014 Quantified Self Europe Conference, covering briefly what the team at Fluxstream is doing to support data exploration. As Wright explains, the default process for a Quantified Self process seems to be:

  1. Gather all the data you can.
  2. ?
  3. Change your life for the better.

Even within the experienced Quantified Self community, there’s serious trouble in determining what that second step might look like. Predicting what steps might be necessary to improve upon a particular part of your life, especially based on data you may not have collected yet, is difficult at best. So charging ahead into collecting all the data you can think of seems like a logical option. But, as more data accumulates, dealing with it becomes more daunting. Even just analyzing it can be a major hassle.

Incremental approaches offer a necessary alternative. Wright offers an improved process:

  1. Gather some data.
  2. Reflect on the data you have.
  3. Adapt your ideas and strategies based on … Read More

    Categories: API, Apps, Data Visualization