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Profile page preview: the kitchen sink

When we set out to redesign the profile page we didn’t realize how much of the site revolves around this page. It’s been a bigger project than we initially imagined — both in scope and implementation. One great side effect of this has been the site enhancements we’ve discovered along the way. So, we’re throwing in the kitchen sink along with all the other new profile page goodies:

  • inline editing of entries: now editing an entry on the profile page happens inline
  • inline photo viewing: click on a photo and it automagically expands in front of your eyes
  • inline peek-at-cheers: click the “x cheers” link for a preview bubble of the latest cheers
  • inline delete an entry: click the tool arrow next to your entry, then “delete” — poof!
  • new photo gallery: click the “x photos” beneath your photo and see more picture magic
  • print your list: print a nice readable version of your life list for your fridge, wallet or cubicle

I’m likely omitting many little nips and tucks, but it’s all great stuff.

Next up … launch of the new profile page!

Profile page preview: my status

My status is a brand new feature to 43 Things. Think of it as a casual way of letting people know what you’re up to. Some folks have been hacking this feature for a while by editing their display name in the ‘edit your account’ section. My status makes sharing this info much easier.

When you’re logged in on your profile page you’ll see the sentence “what are you doing today?”. Click on it. Type what you want people to know. Hit return. You’ve just updated your status.

You can update your status as often as you like. Your status message will display after your name on your profile page, your entries and your comments across the site. As soon as you change your status it changes sitewide. Status is optional, so share your status only if you feel the need.

Next up … the kitchen sink.

Profile page preview: adding, editing, reordering and removing your goals

Adding, editing, reordering and removing your goals just got easier.

  • add a goal: type in a new goal direct from your profile page.
  • edit a goal: “I really meant play electric guitar, not play guitar!”. Edit your goal name inline. Yessss!
  • reorder your goals: drag and drop your goals where you like in one simple move.
  • remove a goal: click remove; confirm if you’re removing or giving up (a dialog box explains the difference). Buh bye!

Next up … edit your status.

In the future ago …

If you’re experiencing a time stamp in the future … specifically “in the future ago”, you are not alone. One of the web servers is out of sync at the moment and we’re working on bringing it back to the present day. As it’s only one server that’s out of sync, some folks will experience normal time stamps on their entries, comments and cheers such as “43 minutes ago”. Others looking at the same content (but on a different server) will see the peculiar “in the future ago” time stamp. We distribute traffic to 43 Things across multiple web servers to handle the load efficiently.

It’s an interesting concept and I personally love the wording so enjoy it while it lasts. Ivan tells me that in about 2 hours the server should be synced back up and your entries, comments and cheers will be back in the present tense.

Site(s) outage Saturday, Jan. 26 at 6pm PST

We’ll be bringing all the sites down for about an hour (hopefully less) on Saturday at 6pm Seattle time (aka PST). Ivan and Laurel are putting a new load balancer into place that will do all sorts of great things for performance. The sites will go dark. Completely dark … as in nothing will show up. But don’t fret, we’ll bring everything back online with a quickness.

In the meantime you may want to check this out.

43 Things homepage

We’ve been talking a lot in recent months about the 43 Things homepage. The current homepage has taken us a long way with the early adopter crowd but can be cryptic for new users. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked ‘what is 43 Things?’. I usually tell people it’s a site where people create a list of their goals and give advice and support to each other. It would be nice to have a homepage that communicated that for me.

Enter new robot Michelle who is now helping us out with all things design. Here’s where we’re headed with the unrecognized homepage (that means when you’re not logged into the site). If you’re signed in, the homepage will look as it does today for now. We should have this live in a few days:


p.s. the “need inspiration” section is a fancy tool that reveals popular goals by category and allows you to quickly add them to your list.

Sites are back up

If you’re still seeing the “Scheduled Maintenance” page, try refreshing your browser a couple times. Thanks for your patience.

Tuning the database … back shortly

Ivan is tuning the database to improve performance. We should be back up in less than an hour.

update: began maintenance at 10:10am PST (expect to be back up at 11:10am PST)

latest update: sites are coming back up now — it’s 11:15am PST (65 minutes total)

If you’re still seeing the “Scheduled Maintenance” page, try refreshing your browser a couple times. That’ll normally do the trick.

Check ins … checking out

We’ve been talking a lot in the past few months about removing features in order to clarify 43 Places. Pass the butter, clear the clutter. Later today we’ll be removing check ins from 43 Places. No longer will you be able to check in to 43 Places from your mobile phone. Also, we’ll remove the “did you go here today?” and green “Check in” button from the place detail page along with the “regulars” people bucket. Goodbyes are sweet sadness, but the good news is there will be more room for the 43 Places features that we all love and use. See you later check ins …




Hello folks. We released a new feature last night called SuperCheer. After you cheer a goal, entry, comment or photo on 43 Things you now have the option of upgrading to a SuperCheer. Your first SuperCheer is free with future SuperCheers going for $1/each. Cheers remains the same. The mythical cheers algorithm (aka Cheer Goblin) keeps on keepin’ on. There’s no limit to how many SuperCheers you can give (and you even get your cheer back).

SuperCheers were created to allow 43T users a way of showing support for the site while showing support for a user. We’ve been considering a few ways to help users electively contribute to the bottom line while keeping 43T feeling friendly and supportive. We’ve got a few more ideas in mind and we’re working on tweaking the SuperCheer experience — so let us know what you think.