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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Todd Gehman in Seattle is doing 40 things including…

Make 43 Things Faster

6 cheers


Todd Gehman has written 2 entries about this goal

next step

I just removed one hundred and twelve million rows from our database. I feel dirty.

boringest entry ever

I’m in the process of rewriting search on 43 Places to use Ferret, which should be a bit faster and cleaner than our current search. 43 Things has already been switched over and Ferret seems to work well for us there, so we’re fully committing to it. The performance benefit may be small, but we’ll get to drop a gigantic, somewhat redundant search table from our database in the process. Smaller databases are the new big sunglasses; hipsters totally dig ‘em and one day all the kids will have myspace pics beside tiny MySQLs.

Todd Gehman has gotten 6 cheers on this goal.


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