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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Not a fan of the "consequences" feature...

I prefer earning rewards instead of avoiding consequences whenever I’m working towards a goal. So, if I use this new feature it will be to document the reward I’m going to give myself once I’ve accomplished the goal.

Plus, it seems that the reason many of us are using 43T to manage our goal progress is that the threat of consequences isn’t really working anyway. We need something positive to look forward to enjoying rather than consquences to fear receiving.

My .02


avphibes is getting my household in order

I agree with you on this. I kind of didn’t want to set a consequence. I thought “Isn’t the fact that my goal is not done consequence enough?” The reason I try to accomplish the goals in the first place is the satifaction that comes from doing what you set out to do…not avoiding some punishment.


So far the consequences I’ve seen are pretty lame, just like mine, so may be others feel the same way we do about it.

Maybe I’ll have a goal of “get rid of consequences and have only rewards instead” hee hee

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