If you tend to like exercise- and activity-based Facebook pages, are you in shape? Conversely, do all of those likes of TV shows paint the picture of someone more obese? That’s what some researchers from Harvard University, Boston Children’s Hospital, and San Diego State University wanted to figure out. They took geographic data of Facebook likes, comparing them to obesity levels, finding that areas where more people liked TV shows on Facebook also tended to be areas with higher obesity rates.
Working out is becoming a more social experience, with Facebook friends offering support on a tough hill or the homestretch. Endomondo knows this, as the application recently deepened its Facebook integration to include the ability to tag friends, as well as to post photos and status updates once the workout is done.
Facebook announced Tuesday that the application modules it introduced for Timeline in March have now been rolled out to all users, encouraging app developers in a post on its developer blog to incorporate these sections into their apps
Facebook has been experimenting with ways that allow users to be more expressive — such as structured status updates and more info in the “about” section. The social network Friday announced new open graph actions that let people tell a little more about what they’ve done through Facebook-connected applications.
The joy of working out with Facebook-connected applications is that even if users are not jogging or cycling with someone in person, they can have the support of their friends list in their pockets. As Steve Kusmer, CEO of Abvio (developers of Runmeter, 5K Runmeter, Cyclemeter, and Walkmeter) points out, users are much more likely to not only keep using fitness apps, but also to stay on track with their exercise goals, if they connect with Facebook.
Many Facebook applications help users get into shape or keep steady fitness regimens. Not all of them have become as wildly popular as RunKeeper, which was in the spotlight Tuesday on Facebook’s developers blog. RunKeeper found that those who connected their Facebook accounts to the app were much more active in real-life.
What’s the biggest resolution everyone makes on Jan. 1? Lose weight and be healthier. There are several Facebook applications that can help with this goal and other popular New Year’s resolutions, such as traveling, finding a new job, and reading more.
Facebook users love announcing workout results. Luckily, they’ve got a variety of ways to do so. The site’s developers blog Wednesday highlighted four such applications that have taken advantage of Facebook’s Open Graph to find success on the social network. With these apps, users can post a map of their run, gain a personal trainer in their pocket, count calories burned and share successes.
Sports and fitness mobile application Endomondo has seen traffic like the gym on Jan. 2, reaching the 10 million-download mark and saying that its users share 50,000 workouts daily on Facebook.
Two of the most common New Year’s resolutions, losing weight and and quitting smoking, are more easily kept through using Facebook applications that tap into positive peer pressure.