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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Philip in Huntsville is doing 32 things including…

get more familiar with The Long Tail

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Just found the article....

and its truth is intuitively obvious to me. Clearly, Chris Anderson “gets” the way technology shapes business.

Now, this stuff fascinates me. REALLY fascinates me. As in, I’d consider making a career out of being an expert on this stuff. (Granted, my present problem is too many career options, not too few, but i keep hoping to find something interdisciplinary that ties my interests together.)

How do you study this stuff? Get a Ph D in econ, marketing, sociology? Get an MBA and go to work for online startups? Be entrepreneurial, start your own business, and learn from bitter experience?

I’m curious….

Incidentally, here’s a similar observation related to the software development industry: I’ve noticed that there’s real money to be made apart from the commodity skills in things like Miva. I don’t want to learn esoteric technologies like that shudder but it is something to think about.

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