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Foursquare Co-Founder Asks The Public To Analyze His Daily Movements

Foursquare Co-Founder Asks The Public To Analyze His Daily Movements
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Help entrepreneur Naveen Selvadurai track his life data.

Lara Piras
  • 10 june 2013

Since leaving the startup, Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai’s interests have moved towards the budding Quantified Self movement.

His most recent project sees the Internet entrepreneur releasing a personal API or a ‘quantified Naveen’ that includes his own check-in data. This data exposes information on his sleep, weight, steps, fuel/activity and checkins. He noticed that data tends to exist in isolation, and he wanted to start a bigger conversation about personal tracking and quantified self data with an aim to keep all the information stored in one place for ease of access and better analysis.

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So how does it work? You’ll need to sign in to his page, give him your Twitter username and get a token in order to call the functions. ‘I thought, let me just get the data out there and maybe my buddies and other interesting developers and hackers can make something of it. Maybe they might notice something, some patterns in the data that I hadn’t otherwise noticed myself.’

Selvadurai’s project reflects a growing trend in analysing and extracting reasons behind such data in personal health. Startups such as Tictrac and Human API use a similar structure allowing users to keep track of their data all in one place.

Help Selvadurai keep track of his personal API here.

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