I had not seen my50.co.uk before we launched 43 things, but someone did point it out to me after we did. It’s a great site. Congratulations & nice to hear from the creator.
As we say on our site, people have known for years that making a list of your goals is a great way to acheive them. Understandably, there are a lot of sites out there that involve lists of things you might want to do, goal setting, and loads of community bulletin boards. Hopefully nothing I’ve said suggests we think 43 Things was the first attempt to ever do any of these things. But we did put a lot of work into making a unique site that tackles them all in a unique way.
In their original implementation, aimido.de lifted the full design of our site – down to colors, fonts, page flow, etc and then tried to pass it off as their original work. I appreciate that after we contacted them, they revised the site to not so blatantly copy the look of our site and added some mention of where they found their inspiration. The same is true of sites like http://www.aimi.cn and http://yy.yeeyoo.com where the full implementation and design has been appropriated.
If you see elements of 43 Things that you think have been similarly copied from your site or create confusion with your site’s look and feel, I’d be glad to address them. We certainly think people ought not appropriate other people’s work and pass it off as their own. Looking at the 2 sites, while they obviously have some similarity in their purpose and focus, they seem pretty different in implementation, design, and functionality. Let me know if you disagree or if you have concerns you want us to address.
I’m guessing you are joking about wishing you worked at amazon.com but if not, here’s a link to their jobs page for the UK. They are hiring. I haven’t worked at Amazon since 2002 so I can’t really tell you much about the current climate, but I’d be glad to put you in touch with someone who could.