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SP website run by Zuckerberg?

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.
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TINIERTINA 8/15/2012 12:22PM

    I track anything on paper and in my head (occasionally in notes on the smartphone)

Facebook is forcing me to get timeline next week. So, I just changed my privacy settings.

Next week, I am forcing myself to log off Facebook for the last time.

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POINDEXTRA 7/16/2012 6:25PM

    Gosh - I never noticed these things (though I do prefer the old Fitness Tracker page).

However, I have noticed that a couple of suggestions I've made in the past have been implemented, and I had a nice e-mail exchange just this morning with SP tech support when I couldn't find something I needed. S/he said that my suggestion would be passed up the chain, so I actually wrote a little software requirement for it (yes, I'm a developer!:), which he thanked me for.

All in all, I still think Sparky is pretty great, especially considering that it's free (I wonder if Customer Support and Programming are the same person:)).

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THJORA 7/16/2012 4:17PM

    I'm actually good with tracking food giving points, because I stick to my calorie goals way better when I track my food. One of the problems I do have with it is if you create a grouping of food that you eat together regularly, it only counts it all as ONE!!! So if I want all the points for my yogurt, berries, and flax or my cereal, banana, and milk (for example) I have to add them separately or I only get one point. :-/

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BECCA7931 7/1/2012 3:58AM

    I noticed these changes, too. I have recently started SP again after a hiatus. I did not really use the appointment book but I did not like adding food tracking points. Is it because we are supposed to be eating that many different foods every day? I wish they would explain it. I get commenting on blogs because that increases a sense of community, but what about tracking exercises? That was different than the "other goals" was it not?

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PINKNFITCARLA 6/23/2012 2:11PM

    I'm not really happy with the loss of fitness points either, and tracking is harder. Unfortunately, I think the button that takes us back to the old way is only temporary, until the new way is permanent, just like when the nutrition tracker changed. After a month of so, the old way was totally gone.

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CELIAMINER 6/23/2012 1:31PM

    Thanks, folks. I did contact SP to voice my displeasure, and that's how I learned they added points for food and blog comments in the effort to "streamline" the page. Still scratching my head over adding food points, but why take away opportunities and remove links to tools?

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 6/23/2012 1:06PM

    interesting

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BUSYGRANNY5 6/23/2012 11:56AM

    Interesting blog!!!! I agree with the previous poster, contact SP directly with your concerns!!

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MRE1956 6/23/2012 8:50AM

    Have you thought about bringing your concerns to the technical team? I'm sure there must be an area where you can reach out and mention these issues.....

I don't do (and don't intend to do ) FB for a number of reasons......

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