One of the social software sites I wish I had more time to delve into is 43Things. It is insanely social (in a good way), with all the pieces running. You have a personalized space, tags, rss, post to blogs, subscribing to flickr feeds, some sort of social FOAFing.
If you have not been there before, it is a place you can list 43 goals, click and see others with the same goals. You can mark off ones achieved, and all of these can be posted to with blog like entries. Once a goal is completed, your entry goes in with the others who have done the same goal. The goals are listed on a tag cloud map.
For example, last yuear I had posted I wanted to run a half marathon. So as of Sunday, I was able to mark this one done, and the individual entry I wrote is now one among 292 others who have this as a goal.
And there is more, the concept is now expanded and interconnected with 43Places where you list 43 world spots you’d like to see, and then you can mark them off once you have bee there; again, it is tagged, syndicated, connected with others, ties back to your 43Things.
And now the trifecta– 43People, where you list 43 people you’d like to meet, and then mark them off once met, etc. This one is a bit suspect, as a large clump of the tag cloud lists people wanting to meet “celebreties”, but hey, whatever floats your boat.
Maybe next is 43Pizzas- I can list all the kinds of pizza I’d like to achieve, and once eaten, I can post and link to others who cherish mushroom-swiss-pineapple-shrimp-pesto??
The amount of interconnectedness and layers of this networking makes one dizzy. On one hand, I feel like I could spend so much time write goals, places, and people I want to meet, that I might not have time left to do any of them!
I am excited to follow Jeremy’s work on 43 Things Masters Thesis in Educational Technology:
I pitched three topics to my thesis supervisor, and the winning one is certainly related to this goal:
“Using social software as a method of identifying and collaborating on learning goals. 43Things is the most obvious application of this idea, letting users define goals, many of which are goals requiring learning (“˜I want to learn PHP and CSS’, “˜learn to cook great vegetarian meals’, “˜learn to record music on my laptop’, etc) and then connecting individuals to others who share that goal so they can collaborate on achieving the goal together””sharing resources, expert recommendations, online tutorials, links and comments to support each other. I think it’s a powerful model of self-directed, self-organizing collaborative learning.”
And there are others who want to explore how 43 Things can promote online learning.
And it gets so recursive, as he is using 43Things to document his research about 43Things…
Oi, the levels of connection almost make my head hurt. But that is good.
So is this structure, this networking useful? Or is it cool for the sake of Web 2.0-ness? What does it achieve? I am not criticizing, just curious where others think the 43______ approach runs up against things like the battleship BlackWeb.