How To Plus3
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Mobile App User Guide
Get the iPhone app here from iTunes or directly from your iPhone by searching the App Catalog for "plus3" or "fitness rewards by plus3"
Get the Android app here from Google Play Store or directly from your Android Phone by searching the App Catalog for "plus3" or "fitness rewards by plus3"
Distance, Duration, or Healthy Habit: What it Takes to Make Money for Charity
When you enter an Activity, we give it Kudos (points) based on one of three factors. Adjacent to each type of Activity, we list the metric you need to enter to generate Kudos: By Hour, By Mile, or Per Day.
The Distance Traveled - f or a Bike Ride, a Walk, or a Run, we would expect to see a Distance associated with it (e.g. 1-Mile Walk generate 38 Kudo).
The Duration of the Activity - For a Yoga Session, we expect to see the Duration associated with it (e.g. an hour of Yoga generates 50 Kudos).
A Once-a-day Activity known as a Healthy Habit: A Healthy Habit, like "No Soda or Sugar Drinks Today" generates 3 Kudos per DAY. When you select the Activity type, we indicate next to the type what we expect to see to give it Kudos via: By Hour, By Mile, or Per Day.
Entering Activities: Overview
Use our FREE mobile apps (click here for mobile guide)
By hand right on your Plus3 home page
By linking FitBit to Plus3
By linking Garmin Connect to Plus3
Entering Activities: By Hand using the Free Form
Hand Entry is a simple way to use Plus3’s Free Form to fill in what's needed to turn your Activity into Kudos and cash for your Charity. As you enter Activities, we have a history of what you like to do. We use this information help you enter future Activities.
Start Typing = Smart Typing:
If you have a history on Plus3, once you start typing we look for the most common things you do that include those letters/words. If you choose one of the past titles, then we automatically fill in the Activity Type, your average Duration, and your average Distance.
You can overwrite the details, or simply press "Enter and Done" to post your Activity, earn Kudos and move money to charity.
Log Multiple Activities Quickly:
+ / - Day: If you press "Enter and Add Another", we clone everything you just wrote and you can use the "+ / - day" to move the date and easily enter the same activity on multiple days with just a few clicks.
How Do You Count Steps?
You may prefer to enter activities and keep them to yourself, or just share with people you have indentified as "Friends" on Plus3. You can make that choice here. If something is marked "Private", only you, the activity owner, can see it. If it is marked "Friends", only friends can see it, and if it is "Public" then everyone can see it.
Entering Activities: Via Smartphone, Garmin & Fitbit
Using Plus3 in coordination with Garmin, FitBit, Apple, and Android platforms:
You can link the FitBit.com and Garmin Connect websites to Plus3.com for automatic synchronizations. On your Plus3 home page from a web browser click on the Sync My Device button.
For FitBit, Plus3 only accepts Steps from all FitBit step counting devices.
For Garmin, we receive GPS activity files and Steps. Garmin has a long list of products, and not all of them connect the same. In GENERAL, when a Garmin device uploads a Dot-Fit (.fit) file format it will forwarded to the Plus3 server automatically from Garmin Connect.
For other GPS devices, if you have access to your device activity files (if you can read it like a USB stick), then you can IMPORT many .tcx and .fit files. Do this from the Sync My Device button on your Plus3 home page.
Entering Activities: Using Healthy Habits Checkboxes
This is an easy way to focus on a few healthy to-dos each day, earn a few Kudos and move a bit of cash to a cause you care about., Healthy Habits can be logged ONCE during the day. These are nice, acheivable dollops of health mindfulness that are good for you, but not necessarily exercise related. And it's always fun to check items off your to-do list every day!
Healthy Habits set-up and rules are simple:
- You can log them once a day and it’s super easy to log up to ten items.
- You can log as far back as seven days.
- You can change your Health Habits Top 10 using the Customization button.
- Use the checkboxes to quickly enter the Health Habits you completed and there’s a “Check All” box for those days you accomplished everything.
- Should you wish to enter more than ten Healthy Habits, use the Hand Entry Free Form on the Plus3 home page or smartphone app.
Entering Activities: Editing and Deleting
Sometimes you'll need to edit an Activity. You may want to add more details, change the Activity Type, or fix a misentered Date, Duration or Distance.
From the Activity Feed, click on word "edit" next to the Activity Name. After you've made all your changes, click Save.
To delete an activity, click on the same "edit" link and then in the pop-up screen click on the red "Delete" button at the bottom.
Using Your Home Page
Upon logging into Plus3, you will be brought to your Home Page. The Home Page is organized and packed full of useful information and fun features, including Personal Stats, Activity Feeds, Leaderboards, Messages from Plus3, Messages from your Clubhouse, and more! Anytime you want to get back to your Home Page, click on the Home icon on the left near the top of the page.
Your Dashboard & Personal Stats:
Right at the top we show your 7-Day and 30-Day averages for a couple of categories such as kudos, exercise miles and minutes, sleep and steps.
To the right of your stats is your profile pic or avatar and a sweet summary of the Kudos and money you’ve moved to charity, as well links to edit your Profile and a sign out link.
Logging an Activity:
Below Personal Stats we provide three ways to log your activities: Healthy Habits checkboxes, Free Form manual entry for physical activities and the opportunity to sync to Garmin & FitBit devices.
In the center of the Home Page is the Activity Feed, and a scrolling summary of the latest Clubhouse Activities. Tabs (filters) to see a list of Clubhouse, Just Me, Friends and Teams.
You can also choose to hide "Healthy Habits" from the feed. When you click this, it removes all the "By Day" tracked Healthy Habits from the view. Toggle back to see them in the feed.
The Nav Bar on the top left is what you use to go beyond the home page to other elements of Plus3, such as:
- Home - click the ruby slippers, there is no place like Home.
- My Profile - see a snapshot of all of your activity as well as edit profile information like your nickname, add your avatar image, change your password, etc.
- My Calendar - a Monthly view of your Activities with summaries for Kudos, Miles, Hours, etc.
- My Health Stats - if you track your weight, calories or other biometrics, check this out.
- You can also search people and activities from the navigation tab.
Your Privacy Settings
We have the following settings for both your profile page as well as each individual activity:
- Public (Green Label)
Friends (Blue Label)
Private (Red Label)
The default Privacy Setting for both your profile page and when you begin logging activities on Plus3 is PUBLIC. You can change the defaults from your Profile Page. Let's walk you through these two items.
But, first a word about Kudos, Dollars, Leaderboards and Privacy: Regardless of your Privacy Setting, all your activities earn Kudos that are converted to charitable donations. Leaderboards are always Public and as such will only display your Public activities.
Profile Page & Privacy Settings:
On your Profile page, you can share as much about yourself as you like and when people click on your name they can see what you have written. A fundraising dashboard and a summary of your Public Activities is also included. You can edit your Profile from the Edit My Profile link.
We default to your first name and last initial to identify members. You can change your Member name to anything you want in your Profile.
A Private Profile displays the words "This Member has chosen to keep their Profile Private" when anyone clicks on your name.
A Public / Friends level Profile will show your activity feed, a couple of overview stats such as dollars raised and friends you share, etc.
Using “Edit My Profile” you can set the Profile view to:
- Public - Anybody can see this. And it shows up on web search engines.
- Friends - Only people you have mutually accepted as a Friend on Plus3 can see your Profile page, and the Activity summary will show Public and Friends level privacy Activities.
- Private - Only you can see your summary Profile page and your name is hidden from a search in the People tab. This will make it hard for people to find you and send a friend request. They can still find you IF you log an Activity and mark it Public. Your name will show up in the Home Page Activity Feed and on a “Search on the Activity” tab.
You can always edit your Profile from the Edit My Profile link.
My Health Page:
This page is set to Private and cannot be changed. The biometric information you enter here is for your eyes only.
GPS Tracks & Privacy:
When you mark your GPS-based activity Public or to be seen by Friends we show a map of the route traveled. Plus3 hides a bit of your start and finish location and on our mobile apps you can also choose to hide your map all together.
Congratulating Folk & Aw...Shucks
Calling Out an Error (anonymously)
Plus3 is a great place to connect with like thinkers and doers. And it’s easier to get out there and stay motivated when friends are involved. You will have more fun, achieve better results – and of course, so will those that are with you.
If you work at a large company you may want to quickly see Activity feeds and Leaderboards just for those closest to you. By clicking on someone's name in the Activity feed or a Leaderboard, you'll be able to add them as a friend and create freelance Teams for a more meaningful experience.
You can also search for people by name from the Search People link in the Nav Menu.
Many companies have pre-set Teams so you can easily see those in your office location or department. You can also create your own Freelance Teams, whether it's a walking or riding team, your family, or you name it. Use Teams to organize your friends activtities, compare stats and leaderboards on your team's shared healthy giving journey!
Click on the My Teams page on your Activity Feed to review your team(s) and/or create Freelance Teams.
Entering Activities: Guidelines & Plus3’s Honor System
You can enter almost any type of Activity into Plus3 and turn it into Kudos for the Leaderboards and money for a Cause. We like that. But to paraphrase Peter Parker's uncle, "With great flexibility comes great responsibility." Here's our philosophy and a short Q&A based on useage patterns and comments from you, our radio listeners.
Plus3's Honor System:
"Only Enter things you think are OK for another Plus3 Member to enter" is Plus3’s Golden Rule. If you find yourself wondering if what you are entering is "fair", then it is probably worth erring towards not entering it for Kudos. Instead, we do have a category called "Interesting Things I Wanted to Enter" that is a catch-all for cool, wild, weird and fun things but generates no Kudos for you or cash of a Cause. Try that. NOTE: If you are logging things that are not real, not possible (logging more hours than there are in a day, or more items than are plausible), they may be edited by Plus3’s admin.
Q: Can I Double Count Steps with a Run or Dedicated Walk?
A: Synced steps from a smartphone, FitBit or Garmin earn less than dedicated walks or runs, so in short you can double count without impacting the leaderboard too much. But note that depending on the frequency and type of double counts, Plus3’s admin or others may flag your activities.
Q: How Far Back Can I Log Activities?
A: You can enter as far back as you like but we only convert the Kudos to Charitable Donations for the previous 28 days (4 weeks) from the current day. We need a cutoff date for charitable giving accuracy and accountablity.
Q: Can I group things together? Like a week of running?
A: Yes, but we are asking you to group no more than a weeks worth. We need to keep the chunks of exercise into a grouping so that others see a realistic number. An example of going too far would be combining one month's worth of runs, or yoga sessions, or bike rides into a single Activity entry.
Q: Can I log my Job as an Activity?
A: Members have spoken, and the answer is mostly No, but let's flush out what is kosher. If the Activity is a discrete Activity that you can track then that's probably pretty good. Some examples that members have said makes sense:
- You are a bike messenger and can track discrete rides / distance. "Delivered six packages" for 8 miles
- You are a postal worker and can track your route - "walked my route" for 3 miles
Things that are not within the spirit of Plus3's Honor System that may get flagged and/or edited:
- Double Counting. Listing 8 hours of Walking and 8 Hours of Physical Labor on the same day
- Listing 8 Hours Physical Labor every day as Work
- Listing 8 hours of Physical Labor every day as Housework
- Listing a big chunk of anything for a big chunk of hours everyday
- Logging overlapping items that total more hours than plausible
- Logging more items in a day than plausible
If your Activities are reasonable and entered in discrete chunks that someone can look at and think "that's neat" or "that's cool" or "that's right" then you’re acting according to Plus3’s Golden Rule.
A final note on Physical Labor:
The spirit of the Physical Labor Activity (Lite, Medium and Hard) is that it should be used now and again when you do something of note, or out of your daily routine such as mowing the lawn once a week, or those days in winter when you shovel the driveway, or that day you clean out the gutters. It is not meant to be a way to track your job in one big block.
Share Your Thoughts & Ideas:If you have thoughts or comments or additions you think we should make, send them to email@example.com. Thanks!
Your Conduct on Plus3
We are a gathering place for people and we post things that others can see. We are place the lets you be on a leaderboard, earn money for charity, earn personal rewards and claim some bragging rights. Plus 3 is a virtual highway with lots of intersections, off-ramps and on-ramps. And sometimes our Members will run a stop sign by mistake or get into a fender bender with another Member.
And since its public, we can’t please everybody all the time. But we can establish a few rules of the road so people have an idea of what we deem as appropriate behavior and what the consequences will be for behaving badly.
Remember, if you do not mark something as Private, then others can see it. The public means friends, strangers, employers, coworkers and others too. Public also means people who may not even be Plus 3 members but are simply browsing the site.
Rules and Guidelines:
- No Profanity. Please, leave it out of your posts, out of your descriptions, and out of your comments. We will remove Activities and Posts that use overt profanity.
- Be Honest. We take you at your word. If you say you ran, or did yoga, or skied, we believe you. When you use a GPS tracker, it’s more believable and you earn more Kudos and move more money to charity. The occasional mistake in describing an Activity or the occasional slip of the mouse are cool. We all have those days. But we will remove Activities if you show a pattern of Activity hyperbole, especially if they put you at the top of the Leaderboards to the detriment of others.
- Be Civil. If you notice repeat mistakes on someone’s Activities, don’t go ballistic on the person. There are often reasons, sometimes it’s a typo, a technical glitch, or some are folks trying to creatively record an Activity we don’t have in our system.
What to do if you have a dispute with another Member:
First, send a note to "help at plus3 dot com" alerting us to your complaint. We’ll take a look at the Member or the Activities in question. We may find the person simply make a mistake and we will try to take care of it.
If we find a Member is willfully cheating the system, violating our guidelines, or worse, we will delete their questionable Activities after three written warnings. And just like the County Sheriff dealing with a bad driver, we reserve the right to suspend a Member’s Plus 3 account if we deem any Activity or Post is grossly negligent, reckless, or defamatory.
We imagine that these rules and guidelines may grow but we hope not. We’d much prefer that everyone continue to be honest, civil, and of proper voice. Plus3 should be a fun, safe place to play.