I am sad to announce that this site, which has been my friend for a decade, is now to close down. On 43things.com , you could list and track up to 43 open goals of yours - sleep more, learn French, kiss in the rain, or whatever.
I first discovered it while blog-surfing (cyberstalking really) a software-head friend's girlfriend, seated at my desk at my room in the Cats (Catalina apartments) in grad school. I really liked 43things. It was a fabulous Web2.0 social application.
The founders/creators of 43Things also created a lively site called 43places, and there was also 43people, allconsuming, then I stopped noticing their new sites.
I used 43places to organize my dreams of travel. You could write entries on places you'd been, but front-and-center was a list of where you'd like to visit. It featured flexible, intelligent programming using RubyonRails tech, such that you could list a country or continent, or a site or town; it didn't restrict you to one level, while it unobtrusively tracked the relationships between those places e.g. it was cool that I could indicate India, and separately the Taj Mahal, and do photos and 'social' relating to each in a way that felt natural.
I liked to keep my front-page list very short; my last 43things profile had only five items on it. Meanwhile, over the years, I learned from others how to simplify, unclutter, have fun, crush on my crushes, like my likes and choose my choices :) For most of my years with 43, I really meant to get the PhD, but that's not yet done, and who knows if ever. When I finally publish my first novel, I won't be able to share that milestone with my cyberfriend the robot and my anonymous 43things friends. Still, it's amazing how much one little site helped me along the way. Thanks, kids of the robot co-op. Thanks, 43 community. One love.
Coursera is still alive. Plus, maybe there is a Web 3.0 around the corner. California (and Seattle, well, West-Coast) idealism rocks.