Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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Frequently Asked Questions

“I am doing 43 things”

People have known for years that making a list of goals is the best way to achieve them. But most of us never get around to making a list. 43 Things is great for that! Make a list on 43 Things and see what changes happen in your life. Best of all it’s a way of connecting with other enthusiasts interested in everything from watching a space shuttle launch to grow my own vegetables. So the next time someone asks you, “What do you do?” you can answer with confidence, “I am doing 43 things!”


  1. How do I …
    1. Delete a goal?
    2. Flag an inappropriate goal?
    3. Change my city?
    4. Change my user name?
    5. Move a goal from “I did it” back to my “I’m doing” list?
    6. Put my list on my blog?
    7. Invite someone to do something on 43 Things?
    8. Post to my blog from 43 Things?
    9. Link my 43 Things account with Facebook?
    10. Share 43 Things with other social networking sites?
    11. Post from my blog to 43 Things?
    12. Add my blog (or other) link to my profile page?
    13. Delete my account?
    14. Block an annoying, harrassing or spamming user?
  2. About Neighborhood Watch
  3. About 43 Things
    1. Why is it called 43 Things?
    2. Why would I want to do what everybody else does?
    3. Do I have to pay?
    4. What are cheers?
    5. Want to know more about us?

How do I …

How do I delete a goal?

Go to your list by clicking “Your [#] Things” in the top navigation bar. Click on the goal you want to delete. On the goal page, look at the end of the goal name for a link to edit or remove this goal. Click that link, look for the red delete link, click that, and say yes, you really want to delete it. You’re done.

How do I flag a goal?

If you come upon a goal that contains questionable content, there is a link on the right side of the page (near the bottom) that says “Flag this goal”. If you click that link, the goal will be reported to 43 Things site admins.

How do I change my city?

On 43 Things

  1. Click on your list of things up in the top navigation bar (“Your [#] Things”).
  2. In the right column of this page, find the header “About Me” and click “edit” next to it. (If you don’t see an “About Me” area, click “Customize” at the top of the right column and enable the “About Me” widget)
  3. In the box that appears, you’ll either see “Add your city” or the current city name set up for you. Click that.
  4. A box appears in which you can set a new city.

On 43 Places

  1. Click on your list of places up in the top navigation bar (“Your [#] Places”).
  2. In the right column of this page, find the header “About Me”. Under it is a listing for city. Click “edit” next to it. (If you don’t see an “About Me” area, click “Customize” at the top of the right column and enable the “About Me” widget.)
  3. A box appears in which you can set a new city.

How do I change my user name?

We are sorry to say that at present you can’t change your user name. You can however add a first or last name to your account, and these will display instead of the user name on your posts. To change your display name click on edit your account > share more information, then add your desired display name to the first and last name fields and save the changes.

How do I move a goal from “I did it” back to my “I’m doing” list?

  1. Go to your profile page (make sure you’re logged into the site) and click on the “I’ve done [#] things” tab.
  2. Find the goal you want to revive and click the arrow tooltip at the end of the goal.
  3. Select the “Remove” option from the pop-up menu.
  4. Select “I give up” from the pop-up menu (the selection on the right).
  5. You’ll now have an “I’ve given up” tab with the item you just gave up on appearing on that list.
  6. Click on the goal title to go to the page for the goal and click “reopen”.
  7. The goal and any entries will be active again and on your “doing” list.

Can I invite someone to do something with me on 43 Things?

When you add a goal, you can use the “invite” feature to ask someone to join you on a goal. Click “Share this goal with others”, and then “Invite”. Just enter their email address, or if they already have a 43 Things account you can enter their user name. You’ll both be able to document your progress and share information together.

Can I put my list on my blog?

Sure. Try this.

Can I post to my blog from 43 Things?

You bet, but first you’ll have to configure an external blog (do that here). You’ll be guided through the set-up process and at the end you can try a test post to make sure everything works.

Once that’s done, you can have any entry on 43 Things show up on your blog as well.

We currently support the following blogs:
  • Blogger
  • Typepad
  • Movable Type
  • Live Journal
  • Word Press

You can set up as many blogs as you like. We haven’t made a way for you to delete one yet. Sorry.

If you’re really into sharing, did you know you can link your 43 Things account with Facebook? The settings are in: Your Account > Facebook Settings

You can also log in using your Facebook credentials instead of your 43 Things username and password.

Can I share my 43 Things content with other social networking sites?

On every goal page, you’ll see a link that says “Share this goal with others”. Click it and you’ll see a set of buttons that enable you to share the goal with Facebook, Twitter, and email.

Using these buttons is optional, and your content always remains on 43 Things. The buttons simply post a link to 43 Things onto the social networking site of your choice.

Can I post to 43 Things from my blog?

Not yet. But we are working on our API now. More details soon. Check out our API and recommend it to your favorite blogging software developer.

Add my blog (or other) URL to my profile page?

  1. go to your profile page (click on your picture or “your ‘x’ things”)
  2. click on “edit your account” (green box to the right of your picture)
  3. click on “share more information”
  4. enter your URL into the “your URL” field
  5. click the “save changes” button
  6. your profile page should now have your URL on it

Delete my account?

  1. go to your profile page (click on your picture or “your ‘x’ things”)
  2. click on “edit your account” (green box to the right of your picture)
  3. click on “close your account” (red link below your picture)
  4. click on “close my account” button to confirm

How do I block an annoying, harassing or spamming user?

  1. go to their profile page
  2. click on “block this user” (to the right of their picture)

About Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch is a place on 43 Things where trusted users can vote on other users and goals, that have been flagged for potentially containing inappropriate content.

It’s located at:

Neighborhood Watch FAQ:

Q: How do I flag a person? A: Near the top of every profile page is a link that says “Report this user”. Click that link and follow the prompts.

Q: How do I flag a goal? A: On each goal page (on the right, near the bottom) is a “Flag this goal” link. On that page you can comment on why you’re flagging it. That puts it in the NW queue for goals (you won’t see it there b/c we only show you goals you haven’t voted on yet and flagging is equivalent to a down vote).

Q: I don’t see the “Report this user” or “Flag this goal” link. A: Users must pass a threshold of activity on the site before they can flag. Keep using 43 Things and you’ll see the links soon.

Q: What’s in it for me? A: For every vote you cast in Neighborhood Watch, you earn one extra cheer to spend.

Q: What happens when a person or goal is voted up? A: If we vote to keep the person or goal, it’s removed from NW and nothing else happens.

Q: What happens when a person or goal is voted down? A: When enough people vote down a person or goal, it’s automatically suspended. Goals will still show up on people’s lists (for now…) but if you click to it, it will show a “this goal has been removed” page. It also won’t show up in search.

Q: What happens to the people who have adopted a flagged goal? A: Once a goal has been voted down by enough people (see above), everyone on that goal is automatically flagged and put into Neighborhood Watch for us to vote on them.

Q: Is there an automated system for finding and flagging bad people and goals? A: Yes. It never sleeps, and it feeds on the souls of inappropriate users and goals. Sorry to scare you.

About 43 Things

Why is it called 43 Things?

Everything needs a name. We think 43 is the right number of things for a busy person to try to do. Why not more? It’s too much. Why not less? You can do less, but it is still called 43 Things.

Why would I want to do someone else’s goal?

Other people often have great ideas. You can get inspiration from others. Adopt a goal as your own or set up your own goals from scratch. Either way, 43 Things can help you document your success, share information, and make progress on what matters to you most.

Do I have to pay?

Not today and not in the near future. We think it is important that people who get value out of a community find ways to support that community, but we are committed to finding clever ways to make this happen.

What are cheers?

Cheers are a simple way of supporting a person. You can cheer goals, entries, comments and photos. You have a handful of cheers to use each day. Learn more about cheers.

Want to know more about us?

43 Things is owned and operated by The Robot Co-op. We are a privately held start-up based in Seattle. You can read more about what we are up to on our blog. We are funded by, our ads are provided by Google, and we run on FreeBSD, Ruby, MySql and the fabulous Ruby on Rails framework.

We drink way too much coffee (and lots of tea) at Cafe Vita, and eat way too often at Ballet. You can see our 43 Things here: Josh, Laurel, Ivan, Michelle, Joe, and Kathy. If you are still looking for more Robot love, it turns out you can sign up to make sweet lovin’ to one of the robots thus proving we are truly making Social Software.


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