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Hot Topic Tuesday: Would You Broadcast Your Weight on Social Networks?

Written on April 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm , by

(Photo courtesy of Body Media)

Last week, BodyMedia (the company behind the activity-tracking armbands you may have seen in FITNESS and on Jillian Michaels) launched an interesting new feature that integrates with their products. You can now step on your Withings scale and have your weight automatically sent not only to your BodyMedia account, but also to your Facebook timeline. (Note: This is an optional feature.)

Most health goals, like a fitness bucket list or food log, have been for your eyes only in the past. But in our increasingly connected world, everything from last night’s nutritious dinner (#twye) to triumphant race moments are published on blogs, Twitter and more. So perhaps this wireless, internet-compatible scale is just an extension of that—another way to share your progress or stay accountable.

Now tell us: Would a scale that shares your weights with “friends” inspire you to stay on track with your wellness goals? Or are all of the social media deets just TMI?

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  • http://bodymedia.com Theresa Gallick

    Hi all. I’m Theresa VP-Marketing at BodyMedia. First, I want to thank you for writing about our integration with Withings — VERY cool. But I want to clarify some info. We DO have a “Share” feature w/ facebook, but users get to decide if they want to share (it’s not automatic). Also, weight is not one of variables that even can be pushed to fb– even if you wanted to. Users also get to check off specifically what they want to share (and they can change these items every day). Some people share when they have a good day; some when they fall off the wagon and some every day — no matter what. Thanks so much for telling your readers about our product & I look forward to other responses.

  • Marcia

    Nunya (as in “None of your business)

  • Elizabeth

    I don’t even tell my husband how much I weigh; I’m not going to tell a complete stranger … except on SparkPeople! No FaceBook or MySpace, or any such thing as that.

  • sarah frenz

    Hello no