Is this a trick question? Twice on the 23 Things blog, the program is attributed to someone else: first to Helene Blowers at the Public Library of Charlotte and Meckleburg County Public Library. I clicked on the link on her name and was taken to the Learning 2.0 website, where it states hers is the original program created in August 2006. Here's the link to that site. It is Learning 2.0, not Web 2.0, but does incorporate some of the new Web technology. And, at the right, below the list of Things, is a *Note: this program is loosely based on 43 Things by Stephen Abram. Stephen's site is a personal growth site, where you list and work on 43 personal goals. Perhaps that's the way to get a big job like this done - one goal at a time and in a very structured, systematic way, as we have done. I'm very glad we are not learning 43 new Things, at least at one time!
As a librarian, I think I feel more freedom in using these tools in my own applications because we have been given rights to use them with less restrictions. It seems that Web 2.0 is more interested in sharing and collaborating and the copyright holders are giving permission to use their work like never before. I think it's wonderful. It will also be our responsibility to teach our students the proper way to acknowledge someone else's work and that it is still important. I think our students and our teachers will need to be kept up-to-date on the changing nature of copyright, and that is our job.