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Bare your Soul: New Year’s Resolutions in Social Media

Social Media
Author: Mark Dixon
Thursday, December 20, 2007
4:43 am

Are you in the mood to set New Year’s Resolutions a few days early? Let me help you.

I stumbled across a funky little family of social networking sites this week. The first member of the group I found was 43things.com, which encourages you to set goals for yourself out in the open, for the world to see. It got me thinking about the goals I have set for myself and realized there are some I feel ok about sharing with you, but some that I’d rather keep to myself. Sorry about that. But you can see two I have set here – continuing to shrink my body and travelling to at least one of the 5 states I have yet to visit. Do you think Sun has a telecom customer in Alaska?

From 43things, I found 43people, 43places, allconsuming.net and listsofbests.com. The sites are all produced by the Robot Co-op group and kind of link together in a funky sort of way. It appears that the databases of all these sites are unified, even if the navigation among them is a bit awkward.

I exchanged email with Daniel Spils of the Robot Co-op, who acknowledged they need to improve their inter-site navigation. My two suggestions? Make it really easy to navigate among the sites, and unify the look and feel. That would really improve the experience and elevate the value.

Now I’ve said my piece … what are you going to do this year? Do you want to go North to Alaska with me?

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3 Responses to “Bare your Soul: New Year’s Resolutions in Social Media”

    Are you headed to Alaska this year, Mark? We’ll be there at the end of May….

    Comment by Dave Kearns on December 20, 2007 at 8:09 am

    What a great post, Mark, and very timely. It’s now, when the old year is waning and things feel very different from usual – rushed, excited, just plain weird – that it’s especially helpful to get focused on what is important. I’m still working on my list… Many congratulations on the weight loss. As for Alaska, well, I was tempted by an ad I just saw for a cruise to Ketchican in July – I’m told that’s the way to go!

    Comment by Eve M. on December 20, 2007 at 8:25 am

    Dave:

    We haven’t solidified any plans, but it seems like a great thing to do this summer. I’ll let you know.

    Mark

    Comment by Mark Dixon on December 20, 2007 at 6:17 pm

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