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Go, goal, go

I like to think of myself as being <i>in the online loop</i>. But I might be late to the 43 Things party...
Usually I'm pretty good at keeping up with what the kids are doing these days on the Internet. I remember a few years back when my friend Danielle e-vited me to join some dorky new Web site called -- what were they thinking?! -- Friendster. I wrote her back, sniffing with disdain: "What the hell IS this -- and what's up with the lame name?"

Then the lamely-named Web site caught on like wildfire, and I felt rather lame for scoffing. (And, OK -- I actually joined. MySpace, too -- why, I still don't know. What a flagrant, though more technologically savvy, rip-off of the party Friendster started!)

Anyway, what I'm trying to say in too many words is that I like to think of myself as being somewhat in the online loop.

But I think I might be late to catch on to this one: a pretty interesting new(?) site called 43 Things. I just found out about it yesterday, and though I haven't joined yet, color me intrigued.

It's an interactive, user-based goal-tracking Web site -- a place where people from all over the world e-convene to make lists of, and note progress on, their goals. Goals big and small, petty and heavy.

Theyexplain it best themselves (albeit in a slightly clunky way): "What do you want to do with your life? It is not an easy question to answer – and you shouldn’t have to answer alone. Browse 43 Things to find out what others want to do. Click the 'I want to do this' button to add a goal to your list...Writing down your progress on a goal can help someone else learn about something you both want to do. When you see a goal you’ve achieved, click on the 'I’ve done this' button and share a story about how you did it."

Basically, a round robin goal-sharing and progress-tracking site. A tad hokey, perhaps -- but inspiring, too. [Hey, I never said I wasn't a sucker for these "community-building" Web sites.]

Curious, I clicked to see what people in my newly-adopted home base of San Francisco are doing (or wanting to do) these days. Their goals range from "paint my kitchen" to "have someone write a song about me" to "give something away every time i get something new" to "smash capitalism and global domination."

Fine and worthy aims, all. Shall I join?
Laura Barcella is an Associate Editor at AlterNet.
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