Goalfinch provides users with a fun, motivational way to reach their goals. The application works for just about any type of goal, whether the user wants to lose weight, stop a habit, finish a project, clean up their home or do something for their community. The Goalfinch system is relatively simple. The user describes their goal. It must be something that is measurable. The user also puts money on the line when creating their goal. When the user has completed the task or met the goal, their friends or family members can confirm completion on Goalfinch. If the user is successful and they have confirmation from a third party, they receive the money they wagered back. If not, then the cash becomes a donation to an organization of the user’s choice. Goalfinch can help many people find a positive way to stay motivated and meet their goals.Show more screenshots »
Goalfinch was created in 2010 to give internet users another way to find inspiration and motivation to complete a goal. Users can see what others have already pledged to do and add their own goals to the list. Today, many people visit Goalfinch and put their own hard earned cash on the line to find motivation to accomplish a wide variety of things.
The system employed by Goalfinch is what makes it so appealing to many users. There are numerous applications that provide users with ways to measure progress when meeting a goal, but Goalfinch actually encourages the user to put something on the line. The added bonus is that if the user does not meet their goal, their cash will go to a good cause that they believe in.
Goalfinch welcomes users with a pale blue color scheme highlighted by hints of equally pale yellow. Red text adds a little flair to the site, creating an eye-catching balance that works well. The homepage is rather basic, with a quick three step tutorial and a scrolling live feed that shows users the goals others are working on. The user can see a small image along with the goal and the amount of money put on it. Interactive maps at the bottom of the page give users a way to see which popular goals are being worked on and where (two maps are still in the works, although their place holders are present).
To get started, a new user must have a Facebook membership. The user can click on the dark blue and white “Login with Facebook” button found in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. A pop up box will appear and ask the user for their log in details. The user must allow Goalfinch to begin accessing their account. There is no other log in options available at this time.
Goalfinch has come up with a rather un-intrusive way of taking a commission out of transactions. Maintaining an account is completely free, the user never has to pay a subscription fee or other charge for doing so. The user is also not charged when they meet their goal and receive their refund. The only time a transaction fee is assessed is when the user fails to meet their goal. Approximately 15% is taken out of each charitable donation made through Goalfinch.
Goalfinch offers users a way to find motivation to achieve something. The user must put up their own money, which will help them stay on task. Even when they fail to meet the goal, the cash goes to a charity, so the user can still feel good about their donation despite the missed goal.