New widgets, tweaks, Cheers & tips

April 17, 2008

Thanks for all the feedback on the new profile page! In response to the missing links to other 43 websites in the footer and missing tags we’re happy to announce 2 new widgets:

Your Tags & 43 Universe Widgets:

  • Your Tags (displays the tags you’ve given to goals on 43T)
  • 43 Universe (displays links to your activity on 43 Places, 43 People, All Consuming, Lists of Bests)

To adopt these widgets click the “customize” link in the top, right corner of the right widgets column on your profile page. Select the widget and save.


  • “I love 43 Things” is no longer the default language in the About Me widget
  • remove your birthday - click edit on the About Me widget - zero out the day and month fields and save changes
  • better pagination — allows you to easily jump to the end or middle of your completed goals, entries and other paginated stuff (we’ll push this out by day’s end)
  • goals you’ve given up are now located under the “I’ve done x things” tab — click the “… & I’ve given up on x things” link up top
  • added back the “read all 5 entries” link next to entries under recent entries

I’m probably missing some other tweaks we’ve pushed out the last 24 hours.

Disappearing Cheers:

Many people’s cheers given/received have gone down a notch in the last day. This was related to a bug fix that we’ve had sitting ready to get pushed out — this fix coincidentally went out with the new profile page.

Okay, so here’s where I lay it down for you, and there’s no sugar coating that will make this cheer-drop go down any smoother. The higher cheers counts many of us had (me too) were artificially inflated for a few months. Now that the cheers count bug is fixed everyone is seeing their true, for reals, honest to goodness cheers count. So, on the one hand you probably feel deflated (damn the Cheer Goblin!). On the other hand you may be experiencing the uphoria of absolution (”These cheers are the real deal and I’m an honest cheer giver and getter!”). I choose to see the cheers glass as half full. Join me?

Tips (for fun):

  • add the Tags and 43 Universe widgets … because they’re cool
  • reorder your widgets by dragging them up and down to a desired location
  • reorder your goals by dragging them up and down
  • click on the “x cheers” link under any goal and see the fancy recent cheer pop-up
  • click on a picture and watch it get big!

Okay, that’s a mouthful. Help me spread the word about the fixes, widgets and enhancements. More to report soon …

New profile page is launched!

April 16, 2008

It’s live now — if you see some funkiness try reloading the page. Let us know if you discover any bugs. Hope you’re enjoying the new widgets and profile page features.

Tip of the day: try dragging the widgets in your right column and reorder them to taste.

Profile page preview: the kitchen sink

April 15, 2008

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

April 14, 2008

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

April 11, 2008

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.

Profile page preview: widgets

April 10, 2008

We’re getting close to launching the new and improved 43 Things profile page. I thought I’d preview some of the profile page features. First up … widgets. Soon in the right sidebar you’ll be able to choose which widgets you want and in what order they appear. So what’s a widget? For launch we’ll have the following feature widgets for you to customize your profile:

  • Cheers: displays your recently received cheers
  • Flickr: displays your photos
  • About me: share your b-day, city, website, personal statement, etc
  • Morale-O-Meter: track your daily morale on a scale of 1 to 10
  • Personal Challenge: set-up and display a personal challenge

You can choose to display (or not) any of the above widgets. You can move them up and down the right column in the order your prefer. Here’s a preview of my page (click on it to see a larger view):

Next up … adding, editing, reordering and removing your goals

In the future ago …

March 18, 2008

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.

Sites are down

March 17, 2008

We’re having some server issues at the moment which we hope to have solved soon. We’ll keep you posted on progress …

update: sites are back up. We’re tweaking boxes today but we should be able to keep the sites live while we do so. I’ll let you know if things go wonky, but I think we should be alright.

load balancing act

February 27, 2008

I returned today from a vacation on Maui. Ivan spent a chunk of the morning explaining the new load balancer setup. Laurel dreamed up this system for distributing recognized and unrecognized traffic in a way that plays well with traffic and webservers. If you’re recognized (that means you’re logged into the site) you get a cookie and go to one set of boxes. If you’re unrecognized (not logged in) you go to another set of boxes. Simple but helpful when balancing the needs of recognized users, unrecognized users and databases all while remaining reasonably frugal.

However, the best part was watching Ivan sketch this out in the dirt on a morning walk. I snapped these photos before he noticed me doing so, then watched later as he sketched it for everyone on paper.

here’s the fullsize picture

43 Things profile page

January 31, 2008

We’ve gone through a few rounds of design for the new 43 Things profile page (the page with your doing/done lists, edit account, cheers, etc). It is a work in progress, but we wanted to share it with you as it develops.  Here are some of the features and changes on the new page:

  • the ability to add a goal from your profile page!
  • right column customization - you choose what goes in the right column
  • simplifying the tabs (2 instead of 4) that puts the focus on your list of goals, and your list of accomplishments
  • letting you edit or remove a goal right from the list 

With the standard disclaimers (still designing, tweaking and refining) the right column will allow people to pick and choose what they want in the right column and re-order it to their taste. We’ll start with a few standard things that everyone uses: cheers and tags. For those that like displaying their Flickr photos, you’ll be able to add Flickr in the right column.  Attached is an early mock-up of these ideas:  profile_sm2.png