Use Cases

Discover a few examples of how you can use BitsaboutMe to get an overview of your digital life.

 

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Geodata trail

Which apps do I use most often on my way to work?

To find this out, I first import my data from Google, Facebook and Instagram into my BitsaboutMe account. And then I get a glimpse of my digital life: my geodata trail shows me not only when and where, but also how often I used online services during a certain period of time.

I am wondering what I would do on my way to work without mobile devices…

YouTube history

How can I retrieve the interesting documentary that I have recently watched on YouTube?

With BitsaboutMe, this is quite easy! Once I have connected my Google account to BitsaboutMe and downloaded my activity data, I go to the “DETAILS” section in “Stats”, select YouTube as data source and after that I click on “SHOW”. Now I see my entire YouTube history organized in chronological order. Then I enter the day in the filter module and, by clicking on “Details”, I can watch the video directly on BitsaboutMe in full length.

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Topic search

How can I retrieve the exciting article about Personal Data that I read recently?

This is very simple: in the “DETAILS” section of “Stats”, I select the data sources Google Search, Email and Google Chrome. In addition, I enter the keyword Data in the search field – and off to go! With BitsaboutMe, I can recover all my search queries, emails and visited websites containing the term Data without strenuous searching.

Location history

What was the name of the restaurant where I met with friends last Thursday?

BitsaboutMe helps me to find this out. Going to “Stats”, I select Google location as data source. For the time span, I choose the according day and then I click on “SHOW”. After that, I can see all the places which I passed by on that day – now I just need to limit the region, zoom a bit and then the restaurant I am looking for immediately catches my eye!

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Daily steps

At what time of the day should I go for a short walk?

I track my daily physical activities with the app Google Fit. Thanks to the Google connector on BitsaboutMe, I can easily import my data from Google Fit into my Personal Data Store (PDS). Once this is done, I see a chart with my average steps per hour of the day. It can thus be concluded that I am mainly active in the mornings, afternoons and evenings, but I hardly have any exercise at noon. Now I instantly know where I am going to spend my lunch breaks from now on – namely outside in the fresh air.

Expenses and savings

How much did I save during the last month due to special offers?

I have set myself the goal of spending less money on grocery shopping. To keep track of that, the Migros data card on the dashboard is very helpful. At only one glance, I can see how much money I have spent per week, as well as how much I have been able to save due to special offers. I discovered that I saved 6.5% last week. Not bad – but there is still room for improvement. So, it is all the more important to pay attention to special offers when making my next purchase!

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Screen showing most popular Migros articles

Most popular products

Which Migros articles do I buy the most often?

BitsaboutMe helps me to come up with the answer. Under “Stats”, I go to the “WHAT” section and select my Migros data. By scrolling to the right, I can see which products I bought the most often, as well as the exact number of purchases.

Purchase details

Accounting without receipts? No problem with BitsaboutMe!

To keep track of my commited expenditure, I no longer need to collect receipts. Instead, I go to “Stats” in the “Details” section and select Migros as data source. Now I see the total of all my purchases at Migros. By clicking on “Details” I can see how much I have spent on each product, on what day and what time, as well as in which store.

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Twitter

Which issues were most frequently taken up in BitsaboutMe’s tweets?

To figure this out, I go to “Data sources” and I connect the Twitter account @bitsaboutme. Back in “Stats”, I navigate to the word cloud in the “WHAT” section, which shows me the most frequently used terms. Now it is proven: PERSONAL DATA is at the top of BitsaboutMe’s priority list!

By the way: as all tweets are public by default, you can connect any Twitter account to your PDS and keep up to date.

Email graph

With which persons do I maintain a particularly lively and intensive contact?

To answer this question, I go under “Stats” in the “WHO” section. In the filter module, I select my email account as data source and then I click on “SHOW”. Now I see all my email contacts, as well as the relations between them on an interactive graph. By clicking on the biggest circles, I can seek out my top email contacts in a flash!

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Most popular search terms

Which search terms did I use most frequently during the last year?

A quick look on the dashboard is all it takes to get to know my search history. The interactive graph Google Time Travel shows my most popular search terms during the last year. By using the buttons underneath the graph I can stop, fast-forward and rewind the course of time without any problems. The orange bar always shows me exactly where I am standing. The way it looks, it is hard to imagine my everyday life without Google…

Maps

From which locations in the world did I post photos on Instagram?

If the location history on my smartphone is activated, this can be found out in only few clicks. Under “Stats”, I go straight to the “WHERE” section. I select Instagram as data source and then I click on “SHOW”. Now I can see a map showing the locations from which I shared my personal snapshots with my Instagram followers. It looks like it is time again for another trip!

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