Last week I received an interesting request from a friend:
1:19:10 PM friend: My boss has requested that you run a report: ‘select count(*) from [pages visited table] where [url visited]=’http://www.randomtimewastingsite.com/’
He was joking, but it got me thinking about the question of how much time is spent on various apps and sites. So I ran some more queries and found that so far, RescueTime users have spent:
- 38 days on news.ycombinator.com
- 41 days on reddit.com
- 2 months on netvibes.com
- 2 1/2 months on digg.com
- 8 3/4 months on World of Warcraft
- 9 months on youtube.com
- 9 1/4 months on facebook.com
- 3 1/2 years on google.com
- 3 1/2 years on gmail.com
- 5 3/4 years on Outlook
Don’t worry – there’s no way for anyone to know which users go where or do what, but this information in aggregate is pretty nifty. It really makes you wonder how much of this time is wasted time.
Up until now, RescueTime’s been good about letting you know where you spend (or waste!) your time, but it’s really been up to you to do something about it. Last night we launched some new features that can actively start helping you to reach your goals.
Introducing Goals and Alerts!
Now you can set goals that you’d like to try to meet:
We also changed the look of the graphs to be cleaner and easier to read as part of some larger interface improvements we’ll be making to the site in the coming weeks.
We hope you like the new stuff. As always, let us know what you think using our built-in feedback form or on satisfaction. Goals and alerts was one of our most requested features and we’re working on more additions and improvements already.