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43 Things Entry of the Day

139 people want to Help test 43people.com: the next new thing from The Robot Co-op

Why are we doing this, an entry by
Josh Petersen:

Early on when we started brainstorming the idea for 43 Things we came up with the triumvirate of 43: people, places, & things. We decided to start with 43 Things as it was the most unique and out there part of the trio. We were fascinated with the way identity is constructed by our desires – the things we want to do, places we want to go, and the people we want to meet. From the time it launched, the number 1 request has been to add a “friends list”, followed closely by a way to privately contact other users. 43People finishes off the initial trio and adds these requested features.

We put off 43 People to the end because we wanted to make sure it did something different from all the other social networking sites. So rather than focus on replicating your existing social network, we put the focus on your aspirations (who you want to meet). On top of that (literally) we put the ways your goals and your travels connect you to people (whether you know them or not). Lastly we added ways to privately communicate with a person without revealing your address if you don’t want to, and ways to keep track of people you are interested in.

With most of the sites we’ve released this year, we get to about the 80% point before we invite in users to test the site. With 43People, we decided to open it up closer to the 20% point.

All the robots appreciate your help in making 43People useful, but we also realize that the site won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. We do want to make it fun, safe, and interesting – and if you have ideas as to how we can do that – please let us know.

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8 Responses to What’s up with Whizzer?

  1. Hey guys, you’re doing a lot of great things (more than 43, I think ;) )
    Hope to see this new service really soon.


  2. Ok, right now I am very mad at Robot Co-op - you say you want to make things simple, easy to use, and yet you unnecessarily complicate them. Now that 43things and 43places are integrated, I spent 15 minutes trying to find 43things users located in my city and failed. It used to take 1 click, just ONE click - on my 43things user page, I clicked the link to my city and that was it. And now… well, sorry, but I don’t think you’re doing things the best way possible.

  3. Um, doesn’t it still take just one click? I tried clicking on Boston, MA from my 43Things page, and when I scrolled down it did show me users that were also in Boston. It would take another click to get the full list, but it might’ve been that way before 43T and 43P were integrated.

  4. No, it shows people who want to go there. The link on my 43things page goes to 43places/places/view/#, but the link where the users who live there show up is actually 43places/city/wanderlust/#.

  5. Hi Anna -

    Thanks for pointing this out. I’ve got a bug submitted so we’ll soon get it fixed. We’ll get you back to one click from your city wanderlust page … very soon :-)

  6. I am obsessed with 43 things, 43 places and now 43 all consuming!!! Please tell me - when will 43 people be available? I went to 43people.com but it didn’t allow me to log in and there is no link to it on things or places so I assume it is not up yet.

  7. of the same question, when will it be ready… I know, I know.. (when it’s ready!) can’t wait.

  8. “identity is constructed by our desires – the things we want to do, places we want to go, and the people we want to meet.”

    Dude, that’s beautiful. and deep.

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