While some goals are related to 43 Things or elsewhere on-line, most goals will be carried out in a users offline life. Consequently, many of the entries are about progress in a users everyday life. It would then follow, that suggestions and ideas gained from other users of 43 Things are primarily being utilized off-line. This makes 43 Things a wonderful example of how weak ties and social networking online can be integrated into one's everyday life. This backs up the ideas presented in "The Internet and Everyday Life" (ed. Wellman and Haythornthwaite, 2002).
Friday, February 24, 2006
43 Things is still relatively new, so it's not surprising that there hasn't been much research done on it yet. A month ago I found 43 Things: A Community Study by Michael C. Habib, but I keep forgetting to post about it. It's more of an overview than an in-depth study, but there are some gems inside: