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  1. Add an Android version of the app

    Would cost nothing but time if the .apk was on your website ~£20 if you wanted in on the Android market, surely worthwhile?

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      We’d love to include Android (and WebOS, Symbian, etc.) users. You’re right that the only cost would be time… but we’ve no Android (or even Java) expertise here, so we think that’s probably a pretty serious cost.

      However, we’ve now had a couple of people volunteer to develop an Android implementation, so we’re thinking about how best to proceed with this.

      Update, September 2011 I’ve just got hold of an Android handset and am considering how we might proceed with a port. If we do go ahead, this may still take several months.

    • Make it global!

      Or at least pan-European. I'd like to see how happy my country ist. :D

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        Thanks for this suggestion. We’re pleasantly surprised by how fast and how far the news has spread!

        We originally intended to stick to the UK just to keep the scale of the project manageable, but we’ll consider expanding to more countries in future.

        In the meantime, I’m sorry for subjecting so many of you to time zone calculations: I hope to make future app versions much cleverer about this.

      • Plot on the map where users report feeling unhappy.

        I believe only displaying happy users' photos on the map will skew the results as I feel many users will report feeling happy just to get their picture uploaded to the public map. I'd also be interested to see where users feel unhappy, and what they are doing.

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        • Add the ability to export your personal data

          Perhaps by simply emailing the data out of the app in an easily parseable format like CSV.

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          • Add more "Activities"

            Most times the activities in the list don't accurately convey what I'm doing. The most typical is that I'll be browsing the web. I'm sure other people have ideas for more suitable categories. (Great app though, well done!)

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              It is difficult to make a list that’s both comprehensive and not too long.

              That said, version 1.0.2 (which Apple will hopefully approve any day now) adds five new activities:

              • Browsing the Internet
              • Texting, email, social media
              • Drinking tea/coffee
              • Intimacy, making love
              • Birdwatching, nature watching

              Other suggestions are still welcome.

            • Just make it so you can take part on a normal website

              Why go through the pain of developing apps to restrict yourselves to the (still a serious minority) of iPhone & maybe Android users anyway? Why not just have a web page accessible by *all* users, mobile or otherwise?

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                This is a fair point, but there are several reasons why we made it iPhone-only. The main ones are: 1) speed, 2) the ability to measure noise levels and 3) that by making it an app, we’re able to ‘beep’ people for free using Push Notifications.

              • Add a time window for reminders

                I'm finding that I miss the reminders - if I've walked away from my desk for a second, or not heard the ping. It would be useful to have a time window for additional reminders - like the multiple reminders on an incoming SMS. I understand this might interfere with the clarity of your data though.

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                  Yes, I agree this would be a nice feature (probably an opt-in one, to avoid driving people crazy).

                  We’d probably do it like the SMS app: additional reminders 5 and 10 minutes after the first, if the app hasn’t yet been opened.

                  But I’ll have to have a think about how tricky this would be to implement…

                • Add the ability to map other individual traits

                  Such as income, career type, ethnicity, sex.
                  This would make the application much more appealling to those seeking data on other subjects.

                  This would also allow the application to receive much more public attention.

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                    • Allow me to compare my happiness with others.

                      I'd like to see more analysis of my data within the app. It'd be particularly interesting to see 'my happiness' compared with that of other users - am I above average? Are people in my area also happy?

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                        • Make an iPod Touch version available

                          The iPod Touch tends to be used by young people more than the iPhone. You could still collect geographical data on the more recent iPod touches. I guess that when people are out and about they may not be connected, though.

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                            1 comment  ·  Admin →

                            Sorry, we’re unlikely to do this. Mapping is the key feature of mappiness, and the iPod Touch really can’t participate in this (a low-res position only when in WiFi range doesn’t really cut it).

                          • allow users to be with strangers but not alone

                            I'm quite often with strangers and maybe one friend or acquaintance is nearby.

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                            • Try to get an unbiased sample: all participants have iPhones, and will therefore all be happy

                              Surely the possession of an iPhone will really skew the validity of the results. Have you done any research into what differences there are between iPhone and non-iPhone users? Certainly most of the people I know who have them claim that they have removed most of their problems!

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                                iPhone owners certainly won’t be a perfectly representative slice of the population., and this is a limitation of our study.

                                It may not be such a severe one, though: it matters less to our research how happy participants are on average than what are the things that move their happiness above and below that mean.

                                We may also be able to weight our sample to account for some demographic skew (e.g. high incomes).

                              • Use a mobile text service to collect information from a random sample

                                This would mean that you could validate your findings against a measure for the UK population as a whole. Most sections of society have a mobile phone now.

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                                • Add 'thinking' or 'reflecting' to the list of activities.

                                  The description says it all. This is probably the most important category for me, and has the biggest effect on my mood!

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                                  • Make a Mappiness API

                                    A mappiness API would be awesome! I'm in the process of redesigning my personal website, and it would be awesome if the colour scheme could be determined by my happiness and location (inside/outside). Not very useful for you, but a JSON object returned from a simple request (api.mappiness.org.uk?email=) would be so cool! (Do I sound a little bit nerdy yet?)

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                                      I’d love to implement this, though I’m also a bit worried about enhancements that make your data public, for two reasons:

                                      (1) Privacy and security: I don’t want people burgling you because you’re 500 miles away. Though I guess if we make the caveats clear this is a risk you might be happy to take.

                                      (2) Response bias. People might well answer differently for public consumption than as a completely private record.

                                      If we do it, I agree that JSON is the way to go.

                                      Maybe we can offer different levels of API data accessibility, varying in which of timestamp, location, photo, [everything else] are made available, and/or in whether you get everything or only the most recent update (or the most recent update once it’s N hours old, for privacy/security). Or maybe we should just Keep It Simple…

                                    • Make a map!! I want to know the happiest place in Britain in real time

                                      I Want to be able to see a map of Britain, with different colours so I can see what place is the happiest and which place ka the most miserable in real time!! From my iPhone

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                                        We’re thinking about how we might best do this.

                                        The main question is: what are the distance- and time-decay functions that relate happiness in a location right now to responses from ‘nearby’ and ‘recently’?

                                        (Also: how can we produce a real-time map without overloading our server?)

                                      • Split studying from working

                                        I feel bad every time I select 'studying/working', because they are dimaterically opposed - my favourite (studying) and least favourite (working) activities, by far. Thank you for your time!

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                                        • What's on your mind? Allow users to report reasons for feelings

                                          I think that giving people the option to give you one or two words that describe what they're thinking about would make the data more meaningful to users as well as researchers.

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