Latest sport types added to HeiaHeia:
We’ve just introduced a number of improvements to our Facebook application!
More fun & colourful way of sharing: we aim to make your Facebook feed a place that looks fun and communicates the joys of physical activity. In our view, the best way to do this is to simply make the individual entries in Facebook look as good as possible.
Surprising benefits: Clicking our Facebook entries is more rewarding than ever: depending on who clicks whose entry, different things will happen. If you click on your friend’s entry and you are logged into HeiaHeia, you’ll get to the friend’s Training log (as before). If you click on someone’s entry, who has a public profile page, and you are not logged in into HeiaHeia, you’ll see a public user profile with latest activities, achievements, etc. NEW: if anyone clicks on your entry and you do not have a public profile, we’ll show a stats pack on this sport type, based on the whole HeiaHeia community: average user profile for this sport type – average exercise – where is the sport type most popular – which other sport types are popular among the same people.
More stability: Some of our users have experienced cases more or less random disconnecting of Facebook sharing in the past. We’ve now spent a lot of time rebuilding our app “under the hood” and we hope this will dramatically reduce the amount of sharing problems with the app. If you have connectivity problems in the future, please let us know!
Easier way to restore connection: If you would happen to experience issues with our Facebook app in the future, there’s now an easy way to fix things: Go to HeiaHeia’s settings – you’ll see a notification “Connected – Not connected – Not set-up”. If the status of the app is “Not connected”, simply click the “Restore” button next to it and voilà!
How to get it: Just go to HeiaHeia’s settings: make sure you have the Facebook app installed, and check your sharing settings
We hope you enjoy our new Facebook features. All feedback is very much appreciated!
Would you like to share your HeiaHeia training log on your blog – or embed your HeiaHeia community on your team website, or company intranet?
Introducing HeiaHeia’s Social Fitness Plugins:
1) Personal plugin:
The personal plugin contains a summary of your own activities and a link to your profile. You can create a custom-sized widget for your own website or blog, with your own latest entries shuffling or your top5 sports for the year:
2) Group plugin:
The group plugin contains a summary of a group’s activities and link to the group. You can create a custom-sized widget for your own website or blog, with the latest events from your group shuffling or the top5 sports of the group for the year:
3) Company plugin
The company plugin contains a summary of a company’ activities and a link to the company’s own community in HeiaHeia. The company’s admin user can create a custom-sized widget for your company’s intranet or public website, with the latest events from your company shuffling or the top5 sports of the company for the year:
Important: Privacy settings apply in all the plugins. The only plugin that shares more than your profile inside HeiaHeia is your own plugin with the latest activities setting: it shares your notes attached to exercises to anybody viewing the plugin. The idea here is that you want to share your notes & entries e.g. in your blog. If you don’t want to share your notes, you can choose the “top 5 sports” option to your personal plugin.
How to take the plugins into use?
1) Go to HeiaHeia’s settings, enable plugins, and follow the link
2) Select plugin type: personal (only you can do this) – group (group members can do this) – company (only company admins can do this).
3) Set-up your plugin:
- Content: Top 5 sports or activity feed
- Color scheme: light or dark
- Size: width and height in pixels (note: if all the content doesn’t fit in the preview, you should increase the height of the plugin)
- Click “generate code”
- Check the result in the Preview window
4) Insert plugin in your site
- Copy and Paste the HTML code into the HTML code of your website
- Our solution uses an iFrame: e.g. all major blogging platform support this
- Examples for a few popular blogging platforms:
WordPress, adding an iFrame in the sidebar:
- Go to the admin panel, click ‘Appearance’ => ‘Appearance’ => ‘Editor’
- Open file sidebar.php for edit.
- Put code that you created using HH plugin generator before
Tumblr, adding an iFrame in the sidebar:
- Go to settings page and click customize theme and click link ‘Edit HTML’.
- Find suitable place and put code that you created using HH plugin generator before.
- Save changes and go to your site and check the plugin
Plugins and public profile pages:
Links in the plugins lead to you profile page, a group’s page, or a company’s home page in HeiaHeia. You can easily create a public profile page from the settings: just pick your address. NEW: We have just separated public profile page from sharing settings inside HeiaHeia, i.e. you can choose strict privacy inside HeiaHeia and still have a public page.
Our plugins is a new product and we’re still learning, e.g. what kind of content would be best suited for them – please give us feedback!
To celebrate this special day, we’ve made HeiaHeia available in the most romantic language in the world, French!
Joyeuse Saint-Valentin à tout le monde ! Pour fêter ce jour spécial, notre service est maintenant disponible également dans la langue la plus romantique du monde, le français !
You can now use HeiaHeia in 9 different languages: English, Suomi, Deutsch, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Русский, Slovenščina, and Français.
Good news to all the dance lovers out there: we just updated our ‘Dancing’ sports category to include all the standard ballroom dances: Cha-cha, Rumba, Samba, Foxtrot, etc. Anything missing – just let us know!
Unfortunately, we’ll have to include an apology for those, who have requested new sport types, but haven’t seen them live in HeiaHeia yet. We have 13614 requests in the queue while writing this – because of that our processing times are way longer than they should be. The best way to speed up the process is to use our wizard to translate your request into all the languages we support.
Once again, thanks for all your new sport requests, and please keep them coming!
We just launched a fun little feature: heia.me/your_name
This link leads to your HeiaHeia profile page: booking your own username creates a public profile page, which anybody can see. If you are logged in into HeiaHeia, clicking such a link shows the profile of a user, according to the user’s privacy settings.
Public profile pages are not a new feature as such: we’re making them more fun and useful with short heia.me links – and by adding your yearly achievements on the page.
Example of a public profile page:
How do you get one: simply go to HeiaHeia’s settings to book your own link and username!
Settings: write your name or nick in the text field & click save:
If you don’t want a username and a public profile page, you’ll still have a short link heia.me/1234567890 at use, where the number is your HeiaHeia ID (you can see it in the URL of your profile page).
So what do you do with a shortlink?
- Short links like heia.me are especially handy in Twitter sharing. If you share achievements on Twitter, these are used by default
- heia.me/your_name is a simple “calling card” in HeiaHeia: if you want friends to easily find you (e.g. many people with same name), just give them the link
We’d love to hear your comments and ideas about this!
Heia 2013! Here’s how to start the year actively – including using two new features in HeiaHeia!
1) Baseline: see what you did last year (NEW: Export your statistics from last year)
2) Create a training target: click the speech bubble in HeiaHeia’s front page
3) If you want to get serious, create a training program: click the program icon to discover programs tailored for you
4) Start collecting medals for achieving milestones (NEW: Medals for your achievements)
We wish everybody an active, healthy, and fun 2013!
When starting a new health project, or a new sport, or training for an event, it’s important to get in the rhythm. One or two times of something doesn’t get you anywhere: you need to do something ten times to to get the basics, maybe 20 times to start enjoying it, and 50 or 100 times be able to say you are hooked. The good news: enjoyment and health benefits go hand in hand – the more you do something, the more benefits you get.
Introducing “Achievements” – fun little medals we’ll give you every time you reach a milestone in a an activity type. 10 times in a year is the first milestone, and after that the milestones get harder to achieve – and the medals get fancier …and fancier (you’ll have to reach them to see them – or take the easy way and follow your friends’ achievements )!
We’re developing the feature further still: for example how to best store and share your medals. If you have ideas, please send them over!
January is the time of new beginnings, new health projects, and new hobbies. When starting over, what better way than taking a look at last year’s achievements as a baseline?
Here’s a handy tool, if you want to take a snapshot of last year (or any other year) as seen by your HeiaHeia account:
1) Go to Stats
2) Adjust your stats the way you want (do you want to look at all sports or some particular sport? last year or all time?)
3) Click “get print-out”
4) Select to print or to export a PDF file
5) Enjoy: Pin the print-out to your wall, or put the PDF to your blog, email the file to your Personal Trainer, etc