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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Josh Petersen in Seattle is doing 15 things including…

Find 10 people in 15 cities who are passionate about their city and want to help with a new project for 43 Places

5 cheers


Josh Petersen has written 6 entries about this goal

NYC gets it done!

All of 30 hours after making a NYC specific goal Team NYC qualifies. Seattle, Cleveland, NYC are in for the first round of prototyping which should start soon – where are you at Vancouver, Toronto, Atlanta, SF, London, Melbourne, and Singapore – it’s not to late to make a push!

P.S. What a cool set of leading cities.

The local score so far

So far we’ve got two cities (Seattle & Cleveland) with more than 10 locals signed up to help us build the next generation of the 43places site – focused on a set of features that expand local knowledge and encourage urban exploration. By my count, here is the score for the rest so far:

Toronto: 7
London: 6
Atlanta: 6
Singapore: 6
Vancouver: 5
San Francisco/Bay Area: 5
Dallas: 4
Melbourne: 4
Washington, DC: 3
Glasgow: 3
Edinburgh: 3
Boston: 2
New Haven, CT: 2
Rome: 2
Milan: 2
Portland, OR: 2

Places with one local volunteer: Chicago, New England (floater), NYC, Calgary, Tel Aviv, Lima, Tierra del Fuego, Amarillo, Normon, Peoria, Praha, Berrien Springs, Austin, Newcastle upon Tyne, Wellington, Chapel Hill, Mineapolis, Columbus, Tampa, Newark DE, LA, Richmond, Rochester, Jakarta, Sydney, Tallahassee, Phoenix, & Portland ME.

Draft your friends! Message a stranger. Give us suggestions to better advertise the goal. We are super excited about the work we are doing on – let us know what you think we need to do to get 13 more cities super excited too!

Holy Cleveland Onrush!

Way to go Professor Piderit and team!

What's the plan?

When we had the idea for 43 Things, we were excited by how the same sort of website could facilitate sharing information about other topics, like places. But 15 months ago, when we launched 43 Things, we had no idea how popular travel goals were going to be.

In response we built 43 Places – based around the idea that we all have a list of places we want to go – as well as a mental map of all the spots we’ve been. We got that site out in June of 2005. Now we are busy working on a new release. Part of the call for 150 volunteers (at least 10 people in 15 cities) is to include some of our most passionate users in helping us redevelop the site to be even more fun and engaging than it already is.

When we did the first release of 43 Places, we ended up putting a fair amount of emphasis on world travel. We had a big world map on the homepage. We had maps on the profile page. We asked “where in the world do you want to go?”. With the next release, we are interested in making the site a playground for urban exploration. While we love travel, unfortunately, most days we are in our own neighborhoods. But why can’t we live in our cities with that kind of enthusiasm for new places and new experiences we take with us on vacation.

Anyway, that is the spirit of “wingsong” the next release – and we would love to get the 88 people on this goal involved in helping us decide what we ought to do!

One of our ideas was to start building a “local” site for any city with 10 locals. That is why we put out this call for help. We thought, we’d supply the tools to facilitate sharing your local knowledge with the world, and maybe in the process, we’d build a site together that helps us connect more with the people around us, as well as discover new experiences in our own cities. We have lots of ideas for ways to trade local knowledge, ways to facilitate exploring cities with other locals – and even ways to change the whole travel experience by building a culture of generosity and exploration through 43 Places.

What do you think? Please let us know what would make this next release work for you. Are you excited about the local direction? In the next couple days we’ll add posts about some of the new features we are working on (check-ins, regulars, events, and more on the “local” sites), but for now, let’s start daydreaming about how we want to connect with other locals.


Singapore, Vancouver . . . Where is Portland?

Thanks to everybody for joining in on this goal. We are making a bit of progress preparing for an influx of passionate locals. I’m impressed by the turnout from Singapore and Vancouver. It might be a few weeks before we send out the invites, but all the people on this goal will hear about it first.

Looking for locals

We are starting work on a new version of 43 Places – codenamed “Wingsong” – and this release is all about “locals”. We are still in the early stages of developing our vision for this release, but it would be great to hear from some passionate locals who have some ideas about how to make 43 Places more fun and useful. Our top cities in terms of users are Seattle, New York City, London, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, Boston, Austin, Vancouver, Atlanta, Portland, Houston, and Sydney – but who knows if those are the cities with the most passionate users?

If you are interested in helping us develop the new version of the site, adopt this goal and add an entry with your city as the title. If you see your city listed already, add a comment to that entry. When we have a city with 10 people who are game – we’ll get in touch about getting your help with “Wingsong”.

Thanks Locals!

Josh Petersen has gotten 5 cheers on this goal.


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