The Facebook dilemma

August 20th, 2012 by Shane Maloney in Life, Motivation, Philosophy | 6 Comments

Hi Lifetickers,

Settle in, this is long…

I’m often asked a question to which my response is met with amazement, bemusement, contempt, incredulity and on occasion – admiration. The question is quite simply “Do you have Facebook?” The even simpler answer is “No”. At no stage in its existence have I ever really desired access to this ubiquitous contagion. Nevertheless, this has not prevented it from impacting my life. Therefore, in the interests of 1) not having to explain myself time and time again (by now being able to direct people to this blog) and more importantly 2) explaining the dynamic that inevitably helps or hinders one’s goals in life by being a user of Facebook, I’ve decided to do what everyone else does who has a blog and bore you with my tedium on the topic. But first some caveats:

  1. I accept the usefulness of Facebook in maintaining contact with close ones when traveling abroad or living great distances apart
  2. I recognise the wonderful ways in which Facebook assists us in connecting with people we have lost touch with in the past and
  3. I am sure for many people the positives outweigh the negatives of pursuing this great pastime. (Let’s face it, by the sheer enormity of our connection to Facebook, surely it deserves the status of “pastime”, which in itself is a disturbing thought.)

But in saying this there are many issues that counter the arguments above and whilst they are not the main thrust of what I am here to say it is nevertheless important to remind ourselves that:

  1. Facebook can indeed be an incredible waste of time for many people. The stats don’t lie people. Whilst many of you might regard yourselves as efficient and disciplined users, it might pay to put a stopwatch on your usage over the course of a week and see how those numbers look.
  2. Facebook has very little regard for your privacy. It has proven this on multiple occasions. Don’t even ask me how this is possible, but a Google search of “Facebook” yields 5 billion results whereas a search on “Facebook privacy” yields 8 billion results! By all means take the time to do some reading if you haven’t already. It’s pretty hard to miss considering articles are produced by major news establishments at an unrelenting rate. (Reduce that previous search of “Facebook privacy” to the last 24 hours and filter it down again to just “News” and you’ll still get 24,000 results.)
  3. Facebook has an incredibly long memory (like the Internet). It neither forgets, nor forgives.
  4. Facebook breeds narcissism.
  5. Facebook cultivates insecurity.
  6. Facebook feeds addiction.

All of these things above have been written about extensively, so my purpose was not to rehash them here. My purpose however, is to take a bigger picture view of life itself and talk about its very “meaning” in the context of those things that seek to reduce that “meaning”. Like a lot of people, I’m keenly interested in why we are here. I’m also interested in why we do what we do. Therefore, if you were to ask me why I don’t use/have Facebook then more so than any other reason it is because it quite simply reduces meaning in life. Now of course we all have different ways in defining meaning in our lives, so I will try to break it down to see if you can find some common threads.

1. Facebook trivialises relationships.

Why do we have so many friends on Facebook? Do we really want to know what they are up to? Do they really want to know what we are up to? Is it really that necessary for me to have someone connected on the basis that I simply might need to connect to them at some stage in the future. In such a short amount of time we have managed to create more relationships that actually mean less. We have uncompromisingly chosen quantity over quality. And yet, this goes against what we are really seeking in life – meaningful relationships. People often tell me how it was amazing that they were able to get in touch with someone from their past through Facebook. I would counter two points to that: 1) There is a reason that person is no longer in your life. We aren’t meant to keep in touch with everyone. That is life. And it is neither good nor bad. It just is. And if that person IS definitely worth getting back in touch with then 2) You would find a way to find them if you really wanted to. This in turn means the effort would be greater (and therefore more rewarding) and met with even more gratitude one would imagine (where such seeking is reciprocated).

Another aspect relating to the trivialising of relationships is the nature of the communication that takes place between people. It can either be 1) public (highly trivial unless for example, announcing the birth of a child) or 2) private (surely this too is trivial as a meaningful conversation between two individuals might at least require a phone conversation or face to face?) Whilst it is easy to hammer away at the points mentioned earlier about narcissism and insecurity, let’s instead look at this a little more deeply. Is it really us seeking our 15 minutes of fame? Why is it so often I hear from friends and siblings that they can’t believe someone has posted something, belittling the interactions of friends or family. Does anyone ever tell that person they share those concerns about the nature of their comments? Or are they not close enough for us to be that truthful towards them? Doesn’t that right there capture a simple yet recurring sadness of what it is we are engaged in? A “friend” posting something or with such regularity for us to then somehow think less of them, whilst not having the decency to actually be honest about it?

In the world of relationships, Facebook is the bastion of false security. We engage on our terms, at a distance and are free to react however we please. We sever that most precious of ties that make us beings that relate. Ones that empathise and share and look each other in the eye when we talk to each other about things that matter in our lives. Ones that detect a tone in a loved one’s voice over the phone that suggests a plea for help. We post a vibrant and vacuous self image to everyone whilst we suffer in an ever increasing isolation. We present whom we want to be, not who we are. We lie to our Facebook friends about the great lives we lead, but more importantly we lie to ourselves.

And yet, the great paradox is that we want to be heard. But why? Why do we need to be heard to feel loved and important? After all, seeking 500 empty Happy Birthday’s from Facebook friends because they ALL got the notification means absolutely nothing. In fact, it is worse than nothing, because it takes away from the joy of someone actually remembering your birthday. You now don’t even know who actually does remember your birthday because EVERYONE got reminded by Facebook. So why is all of this paradox? Well, in our search for meaning we want to relate, but in seeking it in such desperate ways it only increases our isolation and emptiness because by its very nature it has no meaning. This is the absolute fundamental point. We choose our friends. We fight for them. We cling to them. We laugh with them. We cry with them. They are the people we need in life and they are the people that need us. Our family and our friends bring us meaning in life because they understand and accept us just as we understand and accept them. We don’t choose our Facebook friends. We are conned into having them.

I could easily talk about the ending of romantic relationships and what that might mean for the sufferers who both have Facebook accounts. But fortunately, I don’t have Facebook so largely I am unaffected. Nevertheless, I am convinced it can’t be healthy to see an ex-girlfriend or boyfriend and what they happen to be doing with their lives post-relationship. Space, closure, separation. These are the things Facebook is not good at.

2. Technology = Convenience = Better?

So often in life we assume every piece of technology that comes along makes life better for us. We so easily see that by the introduction of a new peace of technology life has become “easier” or more “convenient”. Does that make it better? I’m not suggesting by default that it doesn’t, but I am asking that we conscientiously ask ourselves that question every time something new and exciting enters our realm. Nowadays we walk less, we run less, we stand less, we eat more, we watch more, we have devices that do everything for us. Is this what life is about? I’m quite prepared to admit that technology may give us freedoms and liberties, but what was ever wrong with hard work? What was wrong with having to wait for something and not get it immediately. Why is it that having everyone connected to us all the time through Facebook actually makes our lives better? Before mobile phones people made plans and met up with each other. Now a simple meet up for a coffee or beer involves about half a dozen text (sms) messages between leaving home and seeing our friend 20 minutes later. Have we become stupid as a society in the space of 20 years? Furthermore, that same little piece of technology allows us to “flake” on our plans. Better offers come up last minute and we take them knowing we can easily contact the person we had “committed” to meet in the first place and aplogise ever so insincerely that the engagement can’t be met from the protective layer of a virtual message.

3. More time on Facebook means less time for contemplation and thought.

Can you imagine what it would be like to be stuck on a desert island with access to little more than basic food and shelter? Whilst a few might desire such a blissful state, I’m sure for the majority of us this would represent an extreme wrenching from our present state of being. One with messages coming at us through the TV, Radio, Newspaper, Internet, Phone, Billboards and so on. Our current state of being barely even allows for us to be alone with our thoughts. Have you ever noticed how rare it is for people these days to wait somewhere, be it on a street corner or out the front of the cinema for a friend and actually NOT be looking at their mobile device? What is it that drives us to feel the need to get some kind of status update on anything and everything all of the time? Is it boredom, is it insecurity, is it the fear of having to look strangers in the eye as they pass us by and greet them or is it simply that we have lost our ability to be alone with our thoughts? But it does beg the question: How rarely our we alone with our thoughts? And furthermore, is this really good for us? “A life not contemplated is a life not worth living.” No prizes for guessing who said that.

4. Facebook is the great promoter of the trivial.

When was the last time you worked on your goals? And how did that time compare to your time on Facebook? Or reading the news for the 7th time that day even though the articles are the same as the ones you saw the 1st time or reading a blog or looking at humorous pictures or videos? If you needed to make more time available to pursue something meaningful in your life what would be sacrificed? We are always time poor, yet we somehow manage to amass an enormous amount of time each day to mobile phones, iPads, Twitter and Facebook. If we really want to achieve things in life then we must make sacrifices. Difficult choices must be made. And yet, there are obvious ways we can do this. Surely our time on the Internet should be the first to go? Or at the very least reduced. There are many ways we can inspire ourselves to greatness, but in reality it usually comes down to one thing: getting off our bums and doing something about it.

I’m not asking you to get rid of Facebook. Do I think your life would be better if you did? Yes. But that is a personal opinion. If I were to so audaciously ask you anything it would be this: Every time you log on and read something trivial, post something trivial or simply spend more time that you personally believe is worthwhile based on productivity, relaxation, entertainment or any other metric that matters to you, then do so in a conscious way. Be aware of your usage and be aware of what is being sacrificed in your life in order to make the most of the trivial. And so finally, I will leave you with a fascinating thought:

“More than ever, the grand sum of all earthly knowledge, wisdom and information is available to everyone in the world that has an (unfiltered) Internet connection. The question we must therefore ask ourselves is what are we doing every time we log on?”

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Rebuilt and reimagined – the new Lifetick

August 4th, 2012 by Tim Wilson in Feature releases | 4 Comments

Hi Lifetickers,

Today we officially launch the new version of Lifetick. Some of you may have already tried it out, and others using an iPad would have already seen it.

Access to the new version

  • From today, all new users will default straight in to the new version, and existing users will receive a prompt after logging in as to which version they wish to use.
  • The Flash version will still be around for the short term, but we will not be adding any new features to it. Therefore we recommend that you move to the new version straight away. Once you are comfortable with the new version, simply click the link at the of the application to bypass the selection screen the next time you log in.

What has changed

Apart from a refinement across the entire application, here are the most significant changes to functionality:

  • The options to switch between Goals and Dreams has moved to the top right of the screen
  • Completed goals is now in the new reports section
  • Journal categories have been renamed ‘Trackers’
  • Trackers now have a ‘cumulative’ or ‘static’ reporting option – so you don’t have to select this each time you run a report. You will be prompted to set this value the first time you run a report on these trackers.
  • The add task entry has moved to a new popover panel accessible by clicking the ‘Add task’ button on the top left of the goals window.
  • A new way of entering recurring tasks, hopefully making it easier and faster to creating recurring tasks.
  • Redesigned widgets
What’s new
  • New reports view – goal and task reporting along with Journal and Tracker reporting for paid users. Also includes CSV output. This replaces the journal category reporting functionality.
  • New widgets – including ‘Notes’, ‘Recently missed tasks’ and additional counters
  • New Tracker type of Yes/No
  • Journal ‘activity’ view. See all your journal entries in one view, much more exciting than the week to week view!
  • Journal ‘upcoming’ view. See all the due goals and tasks coming up next.
  • You can now print your journal (You can still print reports, goals and your navigate view by either using the print buttons provided or simply hitting print in your browser window)
  • An option to stop overdue task email reminders (Click on your account link on the top right of the application, and select preferences on the left).

There are many more changes and new features, but the best way to find them is to simply explore the application. If you have any questions or problems with the new application, simply click the ‘feedback’ button in the bottom right of the application.

We hope you enjoy the new Lifetick.

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Rebuilt and reimagined. 3 days til the new Lifetick…

August 1st, 2012 by Shane Maloney in Feature releases | 1 Comment

Hi Lifetickers,

Well, it has taken us some time, but it is with great relief and pride that we can finally announce the unveiling of Lifetick completely rebuilt in HTML5. This Saturday (Friday night for our US customers) we’ll be flicking the proverbial switch and releasing our newly rebuilt product onto the masses. But first, here’s a brief background.

When we first started the Lifetick journey in 2007, we built the product in Flash which at the time offered the best possible visual user experience. Little did we know its days as a leading technology platform would be numbered. The most significant blow it was dealt was when the iPad was released not supporting Flash at all. But with the gradual increase in adoption of modern browsers, coupled with enhanced frameworks meant that HTML5 was finally a viable and inevitable proposition. It is at this point, that I must give full credit to the wizardry of my business partner, Tim Wilson, who laboured over this ever evolving creature to make it the piece of perfection it is today. When we first built Lifetick we wanted to present something beautiful that pushed the boundaries of Flash. So too, when we first started tinkering with HTML5, we wanted this reincarnation to be just as beautiful if not more. And now here we are on the eve of the launch and I think it is fair to be proud. Why? Well, when you think of software companies and web companies, you think of the vast minions of back end coders, user experience experts and front end designers. At Lifetick, one man does all that and more. Tim has delivered yet again and we hope you are happy with what we have to show.  Here’s what you can expect from the new Lifetick:

  • Faster loading time
  • More intuitive goal entry and management
  • Greater range of widgets
  • Entire new reporting module including Trackers
  • Journal activity feed
  • More printable options
  • Enhanced CSV exporting
  • Full access via the iPAD (of course)
  • Numerous other little tweaks and changes you’ll discover along the way

For those who are impatient, all of this is accessible now. Yes, we are cheating a little bit. Simply go to https://www.lifetick.com/application/personal Come Saturday we’ll have this automatically mapped to the login screen. We are now looking forward to rolling out our next set of features. We hope you are too.

Finally, you can now find us tweeting at: http://twitter.com/lifetick. Why not follow us?

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Want to see your life on one page?

May 30th, 2012 by Shane Maloney in Life, Philosophy | 6 Comments

Hi Lifetickers,

Today we’d like to share with you some recent philosophical developments we’ve made in relation to the bigger picture of life itself. Sounds dramatic I know, but for those of you (like me) who are constantly engaged in the perennial quest to refine core values, finding that right mix is a never ending challenge. (This in itself is a perfect mirror for life itself – life being the journey and not the destination – but that’s not the topic here).

In constantly reshaping and revising my outlook on what core values actually mean and subsequently comprise, I happened upon what I believe to be a universal approach to the business of categorising these values. However, upon further reflection, this new universal model seemed to be more than just about core values. Why? Because it presented a way of revealing all of our lives rather than just our lofty aspirations. This is because it allows us to group our activities (effectively what it is we do each day and how we do it) in a way that allows us to 1) reflect upon those activities 2) evaluate their importance and priority in our lives whilst 3) assessing how much time we actually spend on them.

It is called the Life Hexagram™ and it captures the flow and balance of life in a very simple manner. Whilst we don’t contend that people haven’t tried to capture their lives in a simple pie chart before, we would contend that the Life Hexagram™ does it in a slightly different way. It begins with an inner circle that, whilst ostensibly cliched, is quite effective in breaking up life at the very highest level being – Mind, Body and Spirit. Where the Life Hexagram™ really provides value though is in the secondary circle. This takes the three main concepts and breaks them down into the inward and outward flows in the following manner:

Mind

  • Absorb – how we take in information and engage in activities that keep our minds active and alert. This could be study or reading or even doing the daily crossword.
  • Apply – how we use our minds and make the most of what we have to offer intellectually, be it at work or elsewhere.

Body

  • Nourish – how do we feed our bodies? Our diets, sleep, breathing, exercise and stretching are all things that nourish the body. How much of our lives do we devote to this each day?
  • Express – how do we put our bodies to use? Sport, dance, playing with the kids in the backyard. Physical expression can manifest itself in many ways and is as old as mankind itself.

Spirit

  • Contemplate – how do we invigorate our spirits? Solitude, meditation, prayer, music, even stillness can bring about the necessary fulfilment.
  • Act – how do we put our spirits into action? Helping others, volunteering, developing relationships, charities, doing that which brings us life!

 

As you can see the second ring of the Life Hexagram takes what are the three core areas and treats each one as a flow – in and out. In fact, philosophical enthusiasts will note the mixture of both Western ideas (Mind, Body, Spirit – Trinitarian) with Eastern (Yin and Yang, the inward and outward flow as portrayed in Taoism). And so, we are presented with a circle comprising an inner ring of Mind, Body and Spirit and the outer ring of the six flows that associate to the three. These six flows could legitimately serve as core values and are designed to capture all things, hence their universal nature. However, there is perhaps a better use and this is where the title of our article comes into play. By writing in the third ring of the circle (refer images below) the various activities we undertake in each of the six areas, we are immediately presented with a perfect representative circle of our lives. Not an aspirational life, but an actual life. What are the exact things we go about in our day to day lives. Of course the temptation is to write the things we want to do (and there is nothing wrong with this), but the value comes from writing in what we actually do. A simple glance at this each morning and night with perhaps a two minute reflection would serve us well in establishing just how balanced our lives are. Do we really give our spirits enough time in contemplation or quiet? Are we nourishing our bodies properly each day to meet life’s challenges? It can be a very stark picture. But by presenting it, we can improve upon it.

A further exercise would be to compare the completed diagram to one which does indeed contain our aspirations. What would we like our lives to look like each day? It doesn’t have to be a complex exercise, but if we give it the time by simply entering the things we want to form a part of our lives we have already planted the seeds. From there we can ascertain the challenges we face in not only achieving these daily or weekly activities, but also the impacts on the balance of our lives.

In conclusion, there is one final way in which the Life Hexagram™ can be used and that involves a fourth ring around the outside of the circle. For the left brainers amongst us, you may appreciate that we could break this ring into a 24 hour day or a seven day week and apply the minutes and hours we have afforded each activity within a given time period. This of course, gives us our most accurate metric and would therefore provide a lot of insight, but personally, I prefer the simplicity of perceiving the three things and contemplating my day that way.

We hope this offers you a new perspective on your life. We’ve provided some images for you to download in this blog post including one with some examples in each of the six areas to stimulate your thought processes. Good luck with your efforts in extrapolating your lives. Perhaps you will be surprised with what you see, but at the very least we hope that whatever it is you do see, you see it more clearly.


Click for a blank printable version

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Progress with HTML5…

May 1st, 2012 by Shane Maloney in Feature releases | 3 Comments

Hi Lifetickers,

We’ve been rather silent as of late, but rest assured the cogs at Meridian 86 have been ever turning (slowly, but surely no less). Our latest announcement heralds a major milestone being the completion of the journal functionality in the new HTML5 version. If you haven’t already, then check it out by logging in here:

https://www.lifetick.com/application/personal

What’s worth noting?

Well, hopefully not too much. We’ve been busy refining and extending, tweaking and mending so that the overall experience is better and therefore… less noticeable! But to be specific, you can expect to see:

  • Improved iPad support
  • Dreams
  • Core value editing
  • Journal editing
  • Journal category editing

What’s next?

For those who are avid users of all things Lifetick has to offer, you may have noticed the absence of journal category reporting. This is because we are re-imagining it and other reporting capabilities by introducing a whole new reporting module. We hope this will really enhance your ability to get the full picture on progress. After this we’ll get onto the addition of the Status screen complete with a whole host of new widgets and improvements to existing ones.

Looking forward to your feedback. In the meantime, stay tuned. More to come… soon.

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HTML5 Beta application

December 25th, 2011 by Tim Wilson in Feature releases | 4 Comments

Hi Lifetickers,

Merry Christmas.

As many of you know, we have been working hard on our HTML5 application. We still have a long way to go, but we are ready to share with you what we have achieved so far. (Some of you may have already stumbled on to it if you logged in recently on an iPad.)

The good.
First up, the application is in HTML5, it should be faster – especially at start up, it works without Flash (eg: on iPads and other tablets) and it uses native font rendering, supports browser features like spell check, zooming and changeable font sizes.

We have tried to make improvements across the entire application, for example we tried to make it easier to create recurring tasks. We also introduced new views to the journal: recent activity and upcoming events. We believe that the recent activity view, plus the filters, will change the way you utilise the journal and remind you of things you have achieved which you may have forgotten.

The bad.
Not all the features and functionality have yet been developed, so you will still have to go back to the Flash application to complete some actions. Although we try not to release anything broken, you may encounter bugs and errors. If you want to help us out, you can use the ‘feedback’ link at the bottom of the application to let us know of anything you find.

The ugly.
To put it simply, if you are using Internet Explorer 8, probably best to skip it at the moment, if you are using anything earlier, then don’t bother. You may find there are a few elements which are mis-aligned, or some minor glitches in renderings. We hope to get rid of these as soon as possible. Even though the application does work on the iPad, we do want to make further optimisations in the future to make it more touch friendly with things like larger buttons.



You can try the beta application today by following this link: https://www.lifetick.com/application/personal. If you like the application and want to use it more, then once you log in to the HTML5 application, click on the account link in the top right of the application to enable the HTML5 beta application as an option every time you log in to the normal application. Logging in on an iPad will take you to the Beta application regardless on your settings.

We are keen to hear your feedback on the application, especially related to bugs and glitches. Remember if you are reporting anything to be specific about the error, and what browser and operating system you are using. We are also keen to know what missing features you would like to see next, your feedback will help drive our priority list.

Also, we would like to thank you for all your support in 2011, and we hope together we can achieve great things in 2012.

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HTML5: A small sample of things to come…

July 31st, 2011 by Shane Maloney in Feature releases, Lifetick Coach | 7 Comments

Hi Lifetickers,

As recently broadcast, we are progressing along the path of HTML5 conversion. For those that aren’t familiar with software, this means we are re-writing the front-end of our software (the screens you see) in HTML5 and moving away from Flex (Flash). Whilst as a user, your experience may not seem very different, the reality is that the application will be more responsive (quicker), easier to update at our end and finally, available on the iPad.

We will be doing our releases in stages. Today, we begin with the login and registration screens. Therefore, what you will now notice is we have a single combined login for Lifetick regardless of whether you are a coach or an individual user. Furthermore, coach users will be able to switch between their coach accounts and their personal accounts without logging out.

If you experience any unusual behaviour, you may need to clear your cache (within your Internet browser) to ensure that the new changes are detected by your browser. Otherwise, it should be a smooth experience. We will write again soon with more updates and hope your goal achievement is progressing according to the diligent schedules you set yourself in Lifetick!

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The future is HTML5…

May 31st, 2011 by Shane Maloney in Company news | 7 Comments

Hi Lifetickers,

Hope this finds you well and on the path to achieving your 2011 goals. We thought it would be an opportune time to write a little bit about where Lifetick is heading in the coming months. You may have noticed we haven’t released many features this year and the simple reason is that we are working on one very big feature. Let me tell you a little bit about it.

Some of you may have already guessed from the blog post title, but we are currently rewriting our entire front end in HTML5. Presently it is written in Flex (Flash) and the time has come for us to move away from this technology. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, as many of you may already know, the iPad does not support Flash. This means that the only way to use Lifetick on the iPad is to log in to the iPhone version. Obviously, this is not ideal and we believe the iPad offers a perfect platform for tweaking one’s goals. Therefore, getting the full version available for iPad users is a growing priority. Secondly, HTML5 offers some significant performance improvements. In layman terms, this means Lifetick will load more quickly, ideal for users with slower Internet connections. Thirdly and perhaps with less certainty is the enormous cloud that looms over Flash. Apple set a precedent by not supporting it on the iPad. Ten years ago this might not have mattered. However, in the current market, this may have sounded the death knell for Flash. Many observers have suggested as much.

So what can you expect to see? Well, initially, we are keen to get a limited feature version available, followed by the all singing, all dancing full version. Keep an eye on the blog for updates, but we’ve already done considerable work and you should expect to see something in the next couple of months. We greatly appreciate your patience and support and will from time to time update some features in between HTML5 releases, but for now it is our number one priority. Beyond that we have a number of exciting things to release, but we’d rather keep them under wraps for now.

As a final note, you may be wondering why we went for Flex when we launched Lifetick? The answer is pretty simple. Nothing else really could deliver the smooth animation and style that Flex offered. In fact, even now we are pushing HTML5 to its limits in order to reproduce the stunning visuals that you’ve come to know and love such as pie charts, widgets and expanding goals. So, in short, times have changed and so must we.

Until next time, good luck with your goal setting and thanks for your support.

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Email reminder issue resolved…

April 14th, 2011 by Shane Maloney in Company news, Feature releases | Comments Off

Hi Lifetickers,

Some of you may have noticed some strange behaviours with email reminders in the last 24 hours. This included reminders not being sent or too many being sent. We sincerely apologise for this inconvenience and can advise for now that the issue appears to be resolved. We will continue to monitor this in the coming days, but welcome any further feedback. Thank you to those switched on Lifetickers who were able to notify us very promptly of the situation. We are also monitoring system performance to ensure the application continues to run smoothly. As always, thanks for your support.

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New Lifetick Coach personalisation and plans…

April 11th, 2011 by Shane Maloney in Feature releases, Lifetick Coach | 1 Comment

Hi Lifetickers,

It’s been almost a year since we launched Lifetick Coach and we’ve been very humbled by the positive feedback we’ve received. We see enormous potential for Lifetick Coach so we want to assure you that there are many improvements we have in the pipeline. In the meantime, please continue to send us your thoughts, ideas and feedback. These have been very helpful in determining our roadmap.

Speaking of which, we understand that the relationship you develop with your clients is an intimate and often longstanding one. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that coaches will now be able to incorporate their own branding in Lifetick. Our latest update enables coaches to:

  • Create your own branded log in page for clients by including your logo at the top of the screen
  • Place your logo inside the Lifetick application that your clients see and
  • Redirect clients to a different landing page when they log out of Lifetick (e.g. back to your own website)

We hope that this will give greater presence to your business and the benefits you extend to your clients. In order to activate the branding, simply go to your Account page and check the “Enable custom branding” checkbox. There are three settings you can activate:

  1. Logo (for login page and inside the application)
  2. Log out action (for providing a new landing page (e.g. your website ) when clients log out of Lifetick)
  3. Your own branded login page for clients (Provide this URL to your clients and they will see your logos on the login screen and in the app (Please note: clients will still be able to login via the normal method, but will not see your branding)

Feel free to place your login link on your own website so your customers get the full personalised experience.

Finally, we’ve increased the user quota for each plan, so even better value for money. (e.g. “Nimble” has increased from 8 users to 12 and “Tactical” jumps from 15 to 25.) Furthermore, we noticed a lot of coaches have smaller numbers of clientele. Therefore,  we have introduced a new plan called “Swift” to make Lifetick Coach more affordable for this group. It allows 5 users to be coached for only $14 per month.

Hope you enjoy and thanks for your support.

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