March 29, 2010

Skimble – Be Active, Stay Connected

Whether your primary interest is skiing, snowboarding, biking, or kayaking, Skimble is an application that can make your favorite activities even more fun. The location-based app lets users schedule activities like yoga or hiking, determines which of their friends is interested in joining in, and then tracks their physical progress as the months go by. More than just a time tracking system, though, Skimble also features social networking elements that lets users discover which new activities are taking place, collect points for logging in their activities, and create news feeds for the upcoming sports trips they’re planning with friends.

There are so many areas of the Skimble app to discover, that it can be tough to know where to begin. Start by setting up an account and uploading a photo. You can connect with friends who’re already using the app, then track your first activity. If you enjoy doing cardio at the gym, for example, then just click on the cardio button and input the results from your most recent efforts. Once your first activity has been saved, you’ll have a starting point to go off of and a personal best to try and beat in the future. You’ll also have your first points, which will continue accruing each time you update your Skimble account with additional activities and results.

Plan and organize activity-driven trips with friends, or check out your own Stats page to see your progress and track it against the progress of your friends. You can make Action Lists detailing the physical activities you’d like to try next, or comment on other users’ lists with some friendly advice of your own. For sporty people and outdoor enthusiasts, Skimble is an activity-tracking app that helps you challenge yourself physically, measure how much your stamina has improved, and connect with people who have similar interests all at the same time.

Practical Uses:

  • Track your running progress and improve your times
  • Organize a hiking trip with all of your friends
  • Find out about which yoga classes are going on in your neighborhood
  • Compete with friends to see who can get the most Skimble points

Insider Tips:

  • Compare your Stats page to others and see how your accomplishments stack up
  • Share your trips and activities with others via Facebook or Twitter
  • Create a news feed to be shared with friends about upcoming group trips
  • Upgrade to a Pro account to get rid of website ads

What we liked:

  • iPhone application makes it easy to update your Skimble status when you’re on the go
  • Use progress tracking to help reach a physical goal within a set timeframe
  • Create a calendar to schedule your upcoming activities and plans
  • Get inspired to be more active by see what sports your friends are participating in

What we didn’t like:

  • Because the application is still fairly new, there aren’t very many members to connect with yet


Company Info:

  • Launched: September 2009
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, California
  • Founded by: Maria Ly and Gabriel Vanrenen
  • Web site:


  • Free accounts
  • Skimble Pro is $24.99/year

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