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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prioritize goals by number of cheers given (read all 4 entries…)
bizarre interaction effects

It is really interesting watching the bizarre consequences of the interactions between the items on my list. Currently my #2 goal is “Complete 100 things on 43 Things”. The next several goals are things that will take many hours or days to complete, while things farther down may only take a couple of hours. Normally, I should prioritize the things that will take longer, because they have gotten more cheers, but because of the “Complete 100 things” goal, that is above them, there is a push to do goals that will be quicker to do, to accomplish this goal faster, thus upending the whole priority list. It’s kind of fascinating.


I’ve noticed what you mean about people being more likely to cheer goals at the top of the list. (I’ve sometimes taken to starting from the bottom of the list to find a goal to cheer when looking at other people’s lists, for this very reason.) I figure that as I complete goals near the top of the list, the ones from farther down will move up and get more attention over time.


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