I am an unapologetic fan of Nike.
Over the many years I have used their products, I have had very good success with their running shoes, running clothes and other products. I go and try the other brands that are out there, but it seems that for whatever reason I end up back using Nike products. They just work for me.
This is one of those “other products.
The updated/new Nike Plus Website is now live!
This is a good thing and personally, I love its new looks.
I have reached my 5 image limit (self-imposed).
I really like the way that the Nike+ site looks, it way better than the old one in my opinion. The site loads a LOT faster for me than the old one did and just looks a lot cleaner and more modern.
You have to use it, to really see the differences and I plan to use daily as my one of my online running logs.
You can not manually load any data into the site, it has to either come from the Nike+ GPS App or one of their other Nike+devices. So when (not if) you forget, loose, break or screw-up – your data will not get to the site.
I can understand a couple of reasons for this: no padding data by those who think they have to “shine” and you are more likely to quickly go buy another Nike device if you don’t have yours when you have invested a lot of time/data into their site.
Nike+ will be a site I use to dump data into when I use the Nike+ App and then use the information that is created by the Nike+ website for my spreadsheet and RunLog blog entries. Someday I would like to get the Nike GPS watch, but that will be in the future, not any time soon.
Nike’s decision to not support manual entry of data also purposely limits who can and will use the site. This is Nike’s choice to design their site in this manner, they provide the service for free as a way to increase customer loyalty and make it easy for those who use the site to purchase their products. I just have to wonder though if they are loosing potential customers by doing it this way? I am sure that they performed a big internal study on the demographics of users and projected use and buying patterns of their different levels of customers and this design was potentially the best ROI.
The other thing is Nike+ does not sync to other social running sites (i.e. Daily Mile) from what I could figure out-but do sync to Facebook and Twitter (but not Google+). I can understand the lack of syncing to competing websites – after all they are drawing from the same traffic pool. However, it seems that we are going back to the Internet where you have to go play in separate sandboxes, instead of playing nicely together in one big sandbox.
The reality is that
For me this means that I can not rely on the Nike+ site to be my sole or even primary running log – it will be too inaccurate and a running log is about having your numbers accurate (at least for me it is a very important consideration). I have had too many issues with the iPhone App, my screwing-up and so-on, which result in the Nike+ App not reporting data correctly to the website. Which means that I will keep using my Google spreadsheet as my primary running log.
I am sure that there are other improvements planned for the Nike+ site and can’t wait to see what they will be.
The Nike+ site is nice, well-done and user-friendly. While it is still a bit buggy in some places, be patient, it has come a long way from the beta version that I used just a little while ago and I expect it will be stable and even easier to use very quickly.