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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faduci in Berlin is doing 19 things including…

Attend TED

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as close as it gets: TED Talks

To realize this goal might take some time, since I’d have to have $4000 spare cash first and even if I had would have to wait, since the TED conference is always sold out one year in advance. But fortunately they started to put some of the TEDTalks (18 minute talks/presentation given during the TED conferences) online a couple of month ago and continue to add talks from older conferences. They even improve the interface, though a lot remains to be done.

Watching these videos is probably the second best thing to actually attending. I watched at least 40 so far, obviously picked those first that seemed most interesting to me, and most of them are either great or genius. They are all thought provoking and inspiring and many are going to change your view of the world. Hans Rosling gave a presentation of the Gapminder software in 2006 (Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you’ve ever seen), opening a completely new perspective on how to see data, only to even top this with his talk in 2007 (New insights on poverty and life around the world). Who would expect a Professor of International Health and studied statistician to get standing ovations for a piece of performance art involving a sword to demonstrate the opportunities in worldwide development? This very well represents the TED mission: spread ideas (in sometimes unexpected ways).

I consider myself well informed, technically up to date, political interested and knowledgeable in many of the subjects frequently discussed at TED, but I’m still blown away by the talks. Spending four days of talks with similarly interested and smart people would probably be a non-stop braingasm. Just thinking about it makes me shiver with excitement.

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