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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Buster Benson I need more goals.

build an iPhone app (read all 11 entries…)

I actually made my own useful app mostly from scratch. It’s really simple. It uses the Address Book to allow you to email a phone number, email address, or other piece of contact information to someone.

Two steps:
  1. Click a button, and up pops your address book. Drill down to the email address or phone number that you’d like to send, click on it and the menu takes you back to the front page.
  2. Click the “Email to whoever you like” button, which opens Mail with “Contact info for So-and-so” and whatever you selected in the body. You have to fill in the To: line manually.

Super simple, but it’s something that I wish the iPhone could do. I’m not going to submit it or anything, since I’m positive that someone else will do it a thousand times better than I have, but it was a very rewarding exercise.

I have one technical question about this. I made the button in Interface Builder, but would like to enable and disable the email button unless after you’ve selected a contact. I couldn’t figure out how to get the button’s reference when it was created in Interface Builder. Anyone know how? Or should I delete it and make the button manually in Xcode?


I'd love this app

I’ve always wanted to be able to send contact info via email or text. If you expand it to text that would be hot, too.

Buster Benson I need more goals.


I’d rather it send a text too. It’s a bit over my head at the moment how to send a text, if it’s possible at all, but if I can figure it out, I’ll update it.

Am I able to use your app when you’re done—or does it have to be part of the Apple app store to get it into my iphone?

I’ll take it when you’re done!

Buster Benson I need more goals.

I would have to add it to the App Store for it to get on any phones. And right now, there’s some problem with my developer program token and they’re not answering my emails. Probably a bit busy at the moment with App Store madness, I’m guessing.

Don’t let this simple app fool you, I’m still FAR from being able to build anything that is worthy of launching. Maybe in a couple weeks though…

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