43 Things gives users a way to set many goals and maintain them. The community found on 43 Things helps provide inspiration and motivation to keep users moving towards their goals. A user can join 43 Things and create a list of items they want to accomplish. Goals can be anything from watching a space shuttle launch to planting a garden or learning a foreign language. The user chooses the things they want to accomplish, adds them to their 43 Things list and gets to work. Users who have similar goals can connect through their lists. The user is not required to make a list that contains 43 things, they can be shorter as well. The site’s main focus is helping users realize their goals by discovering motivation, inspiration and maybe even advice through the 43 Things community. The list system also gives users a way to measure their accomplishments and the goals they have yet to meet.Show more screenshots »
43 Things was founded in August of 2004. The team consists of around five individuals, including CEO and founder Josh Petersen and Software Developer Joe Goldberg. 43 Things was co-founded by its former COO Daniel Spils and former CTO Buster McLeod. The team is currently based out of Seattle, Washington. 43 Things is a part of the Robot Co-Op.
There are many applications that are intended to help users manage goals and achieve the things they want. 43 Things stands out for a couple reasons. First, it works for any kind of goal, from personal to professional endeavors. Second, the user can not only monitor their progress towards meeting all of their goals, they can also connect with the 43 Things community to find motivation and inspiration. The site also gives users a rare opportunity to discover others who are working towards the same achievements.
The 43 Things website utilizes a vibrant orange and black color scheme, offset by a plain white background. The homepage seems rather Spartan, but does not lack character. The center features an orange box with three fields that give the user a place to begin entering their goals. Links in the upper, right hand corner help the user navigate and log in. Overall, 43 Things is well organized and offers users of all computer skill levels a place to sort out their future goals.
A new user can join the 43 Things community by clicking the black “Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. A blue “Login with Facebook” button is also available for users who prefer to go that route. The short registration form asks the user for a username, email address and password. The bottom of the form provides a box for the user to enter a Captcha code to prove that they are human. After successfully entering the code, the user can click the blue “Sign Up” button to complete the registration process.
43 Things offers a valuable service to its users, however it is not something that warrants a subscription fee or other cost. Anyone can create an account for free. There are no premium paid memberships currently available and the user is given unlimited access to their account. This is definitely a good choice to encourage more user participation within the 43 Things community.
43 Things is intended for anyone who has goals and wants to find a way to meet them. The site could help the user sort out their goals and monitor their progress.