If you’ve been a part of the Fitbit family for a while, you’ve probably experienced the power of a strong support network. Maybe you’re someone who walks more because your friends motivate you to do it—Fitbit data shows that users with friends on the Fitbit platform take on average 700 more steps than users without friends. Or maybe competitions are your jam—users who have participated in both Fitbit Adventures and Challenges walk 2,000 more steps per day than users who have not been in a Challenge.
Either way, social engagement has proven to be a key motivator. That’s why Fitbit is launching Community, a new section within the app that makes it easier for you to engage with your friends and meet new people who are passionate about the same things you are.
HOW THINGS COME TOGETHER IN FITBIT COMMUNITY
Expect your app navigation to look a little different come March. That’s when Community rolls out to U.S. users (it will be released globally later in the year) and takes the place of the Friends tab at the bottom of your screen. But don’t worry, access to your friends isn’t going away, it’s being improved.
Community will be the in-app home of three exciting new features: Feed, Friends, and Groups. Together, they provide a more engaging and dynamic social experience. Here’s the lowdown on each section.
Discover like-minded people through topic-specific communities. There are over 20 groups related to fitness, nutrition, wellness, and weight loss that you can join. Within these groups, users can ask questions or share inspiration and updates, like exercise summaries, badges, trophies, and photos that are relevant to the group.
Here’s where you can see all your friends, from all over the globe in one place. Compete to see who can take the most steps, or cheer, taunt, and direct message them as you climb the weekly leaderboard. Hopefully as you meet new people through groups, your friend list—and thus your motivation, support, and accountability—will grow.
This is where your friends and groups come together. Scroll through their updates—cheering them on or leaving comments on their posts—or share some personal inspiration, much like you would in Groups. Every time you share content in Feed, you can pick the audience you want to share it with, so you know exactly who will see your post. Through Feed, you can also discover Fitbit Local workouts—they’re currently offered in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle—and read expert health, fitness, and nutrition content that has been hand-picked for you.
To learn more about updates that will be hitting your Fitbit app sooner, read This New Feature Helps You Set Smarter (More Achievable!) Goals and New Fitstar Update Puts a Personal Trainer in Your Fitbit App.