by Kristen Abell
So, to be honest, I debated about highlighting this app – do we really need another accountability app to add to the list? And I haven’t gotten totally into it yet, but I wanted to throw it out there and see if other folks had tried it and had more success with it.
Fig is an all-around wellness app. No, it’s not about fitness or weight loss, or how you eat – although it can be, if you want. What makes Fig unique is that it allows you to choose just how you want to use it. Do you want to drink more water? Make your bed every day? Have lunch with your significant other? It has all those options, and more. Plus, you can choose to share or not share as you wish – whenever you add an activity, you have the option to schedule the frequency and the privacy setting. And yes, it does integrate with Facebook (though not Twitter yet).
So positives so far? I like the types of options it provides – especially when I want to focus on improving myself in all areas of my life, not just exercise and food. I think if more people were on, we’d also enjoy seeing what others are working on, and knowing me, I’d find additional ways to encourage them. (For example, if someone was working on, say, a dissertation, ahem, perhaps they could add that activity for others to see and urge them on. Just sayin’. Not that I know anyone working on a dissertation or anything…).
Negatives? It’s still in beta, so there are a few user-friendliness options missing. Once you add an activity, you can’t delete it. There probably needs to be more interactivity with Twitter in addition to Facebook. There doesn’t seem to be an option to look at other people using Fig so that you can add friends – it seems you can only add them through the invite process. And I’m not sure how many people are ready for an all-around wellness accountability tool as opposed to one focusing on one or two areas.
But don’t let me tell you whether or not you’ll like it – try it out for yourself! Let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to be friends, and I’ll send you an invite!