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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Quilnmous disappeared for awhile and hopes to return a stronger person.

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Made it work for her

My 14-year-old niece called me up, and I was asked to listen. Then she proceeded to play the beginning to OneRepublic’s “Apologize,” followed by the opening to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” on her electronic keyboard.

Since she hasn’t really tried to be musically inclined before and doesn’t read music, I asked where this sudden artistic ability came from. She said she learned it by watching the fingerings used in a piano training video on YouTube! Then she just mimicked what she saw, and practiced that over and over.

Now that’s a great example to me of the power of the computer and the internet at work.


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Quilnmous disappeared for awhile and hopes to return a stronger person.

Wow, that's cool, too

I’ve visited YouTube many times, but I only scoured it for clips of entertainment, particularly when they were forwarded by friends. I have also seen news items (like one of the Michael Phelps Olympic races that I missed, and still hadn’t posted it yet), videoblog podcasts made especially for YouTube, and when friends themselves posted some silliness onto YouTube.

But I never thought to search for, nor had seen, instructional clips before. I will give that a try sometime. Thanks.

And thanks for all the cheers today, sutton. It brightened my day!

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Proud uncle will keep this up

Yes, I couldn’t be more proud of her if I were her own father. As a musician, this really…strikes a chord with me. (Sorry to ruin a sentimental moment with an awful pun.) 8)

I will continue to encourage her musical abilities. And the nice thing is that she just started a friendship with a girl at school who loves to play guitar. I think they fancy starting a band someday.

Anyway, so far this new girl seems to be a good influence on my niece, as she seems to be a good person as well. I hope they hang out together for a long time.

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