43things: be happy, live simply, and get laid (& work for Flickr)

I have to confess I’m having inordinate existential fun with 43things. Call it Flickr for ideas, the service allows you to share to-do lists and goals with others anonymously. The result? A cacophony of priorities, from the mundane — “own an apartment with hardwood floors” — to the magnificent — “fall in love” — to the heart-rending — “tell ken that I loved him once”.

For example, here are some current global priorities, according to 43things. Note that, a la Flickr, the service follows Tufte-ian style in using font size to denote item popularity:

Speaking of Flickr, I did a 43things search for Vancouver, where Flickr is domiciled. The results show that Stewart should get some comp from the City of Vancouver for economic development:

Finally, Eric Benson, one of the service’s creators, says that three uber-priorities rapidly fell out of 43things after it was launched in beta a little while ago. They are:

  1. be happy,
  2. live simply, and
  3. get laid

Is there any better testimony to the effectiveness of 43things as a diviner of existential truths? Truer goals were ne’er said.


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  2. I’m living the dream!

  3. Apparently you are. More importantly, however, you are more useful than tourism for bringing people to Vancouver. Who would have thought?

  4. This one caught my eye. I would have to agree with Eric Benson.