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Twitter’s Former CEO Shuts Down Fitness App Startup

Unable to solve the challenge of how to support positive behavioral change, Dick Costolo, former CEO of Twitter, decided in February to shut down Chorus, a social fitness app that began beta testing in April 2017. The app was designed to use a “chorus” of friends as team members and have them support each other in achieving self-proclaimed weekly fitness or other health-related goals.

Reasons cited for shutting the app down included the facts that people did not continue using it over time and that users who failed to meet goals tended to avoid their support group rather than turn to it for help.

In an email to beta-test users that was shared on Twitter, Costolo wrote, “We don’t want to replicate many of the existing business models of digital and real-world fitness that are based on ÔÇśbreakage’ (people pay for long-term use and then don’t really use the platform). We are more interested in solving the churn and motivational dip problem, and we just couldn’t get there.”

Costolo has participated in six startups and has founded four, according to Business Insider UK. His startups include Twitter, Feed┬şburner and Spyonit, among others.

Shirley Eichenberger-Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is an internationally acknowledged integrative health and mindfulness specialist, best-selling author of 16 fitness and wellness books translated into multiple languages and sold worldwide, award-winning health journalist, contributing editor to Fitness Journal, media spokesperson, and IDEA's 2008 Fitness Instructor of the Year. She's a 25-year industry veteran and former health and fitness educator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, who has served on multiple industry committees and co-authored trade books and manuals for ACE, ACSM and YMCA of the USA. She has appeared on TV worldwide and was a featured trainer on America's Next Top Model.

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