Saturday, June 23, 2012
Change is not inevitable. Why change what works and what people are comfortable with? The Facebook change to that insipid Timeline was the last straw for me. My cover picture simply says, "I Hate Timeline" in bold, clashing colors. I can't say I'm sad Facebook's IPO failed. Now SparkPeople is copying the Zuckerberg Facebook model by instituting more changes that make the site less friendly, not the least of which is the change to the Fitness Tracker. I immediately found the button to take me back to the familiar, comfortable way of tracking.
The points issue is another matter. SP has changed its Spark Points page to remove convenient links to tools and to reduce point opportunities. Yes, I'm a points whore, get over it. By my calculations, this change results in a net loss of 3 potential points/day and takes away the convenience of having links I want in one place, forcing me to hunt if I want to use a tool. Remember when SP eliminated the point for liking or submitting a suggestion? I used to enjoy that feature, but now it's out of sight, out of mind, and I have no clue where the bank of suggestions hides in the complexity of the SP website.
Anyway, here's what I see:
No more Track Other Exercises (- 10 points)
Schedule an Appointment (tool I used daily) gone (- 1 point)
Track Food (+ 5). Really? More points for food but less for fitness? Missing the logic.
Comment on Blog (+ 3)
Net loss: 3 points.
I was in a training class this week with someone who left SP for My Fitness Pal. Starting to see why.