I really enjoyed my extra week of 43Things. Can I have another?
If THIS is my last entry, hugs to all of you for sharing this week with me!
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.
I really enjoyed my extra week of 43Things. Can I have another?
If THIS is my last entry, hugs to all of you for sharing this week with me!
It was amazing how fast the work was done and the workers went above and beyond what I was expecting. I was really happy to see the tree finally gone, even through my son immediately said that he missed the tree. I really didn’t miss it; It had to go.
If you live near Los Angeles and need your trees trimmed, I really recommend this company:
I was going to add more caches to my goal, but this goal is already completed so time to mark it done.
will get a card from me. A thank you for all the joy of 43Things and your friendship here from 2013 till the end!
will get a card from me. A thank you for all the joy of 43Things and your friendship here.
I should have guessed that the robots would take their time disabling entries just like they did in notifying us of the future of 43Things. I won’t leave 43things until they ban me or update the site.
will be about the woman I love with all my heart. Due to circumstances beyond my control we did not get married yet, and it is hard to believe that I did not complete the goal I cared about the most. But as 43Things ends, a new life together will begin. I’m very sorry that I will not be able to share it with all my friends here.
Luckily, you can still find me on PopClogs. Farewell.
I am truly sad at losing the 43Things website and all my friends here. I wish there could have been some other ending but it didn’t happen. So thank you all for your comments, support, love and caring over these past 5 years. I wish everyone the best possible future no matter where the future takes us.
You can find me temporarily at Popclogs for the foreseeable future:
For some reason, I really thought I would have heard something definitive by now about what will happen next at 43Things. I am overjoyed that there has been no official shut down announcement. At the same time I am very disappointed my cheer count keeps dropping as other users give up and close their accounts.
As a result of this 43Things purgatory I have stopped posting on my regular goals even through I really want to if the site was going to stay up. Josh and the other robots used to be very transparent in their communications for the first 6 years, and even through they are in other roles now, I wish they could at least post publicly what the issues are that they are dealing with now. That a decision has not been made publicly is good news, but its hurts the users believing that the end is near.
I’m not afraid, but at the same time it is hard going forward without certainty. Sincerely, Another 43Thing user.
If 43Things is really is at the end…does it make sense that they would fix the picture database for all of us? THANK YOU ROBOTS!
And now for something that will really blow your mind. Josh Peterson the CEO and founder of the Robot Coop once said this about estimating the value of 43Things:
“Josh proposed that asking for a monetary value is no more sensical than asking how much air or how many calories or how many friends something was worth. I think what he means is that there’s no correct answer, not because each person has their own scale, but because the idea of reaching happiness quantitatively is absurd.”
Maybe this is where the 50 million dollar valuation came from.
Happy 4th of July to all my 43Things friends both here in the US and around the world.
I am wondering if from the influx of email and pleading done by myself and other 43Thingers that perhaps there is a possible change of heart in the works at Robot Coop. Kathy is/was a robot, but she certainly does not have the final say in whether the site stays up or not. If there was a definite time frame to shut down the site, it would have been announced publicly already, so I will take that as good news for the moment.
Another thing was discovery of software code to create a replica of the 43Things website found here at: http://www.softwaredep.com/43thing-com-complete-clone.html Now I did create a test account and found that there seemed to be goals added to my test account which were not created by me, so the software code looks like it needs to be cleaned up a bit, but at $700, the price is not bad for being able to have a running start. The only problem is that you would be starting from scratch and still losing all your old goals and entries unless you re-inputted them. And one final thought is that I had a goal of improving 43things, so being able to change it for the better would be critical if 43Things does finally shut down.
I should have posted this before that everyone is welcome to use and share this banner for your avatar or in your posts. This is an image graciously created by A Staggering Rat of Heartbreaking Something or Other for use by everyone that wants to save 43Things. Please repost and let everyone know how much you care about 43Things!
In this linked thread above and a few others there have been some people interested in creating a new web site ‘exactly’ like 43Things. The 1st problem with this is that technically you are starting from scratch so there would be a major time consideration to get such a site up and running. And the bigger 2nd problem is that moving all our entries and cheers over would be next to impossible, which defeats the purpose I have to save this site and my entries here.
The last problem is that none of this can be done in a short enough time frame that we can keep the community that we have here. No replacement site will be as successful as this site is right now, so this is not an option I will consider.
Subject: Amazon cloud and Angel support of 43things.com website (Josh Peterson)
I am loyal 43Things.com user and wanted to write to you personally on behalf of 1000’s of 43Things users who have been told by Amazon/Robot Coop personnel that the web site is shutting down. Even through the 43things site has not been updated or promoted in years, there is a dedicated user base that loves the site and want to do everything in their power to keep it online.
Amazon’s investment in 43Things is well known, but I have always been surprised that the obvious project tie-ins with Amazon have never been capitalized on. (wedding products/planning for get married goals, self-improvement tie-ins, home improvement, etc, etc…) 43Things creates a community where users can express themselves and support each other yet still keep some anonymity which is not replicated on any other website (ex. Pinterest or Popclogs).
My fellow 43Things users have expressed interest in premium paid accounts for additional features and adding advertising to user pages because we want the site to thrive and succeed.
As CEO of Amazon, I appeal to you to conduct a review of the marketing that has been done for 43Things over the last few years. This is truly an opportunity for Amazon to take an undervalued tool that I know can grow exponentially with the right promotion and management. If I could do it myself, I would be willing to commit my own money to see it happen.
I love 43Things and I do thank you Jeff and Amazon for it’s support of the website over the years. Thank you for your time and I hope you can have some influence over the future of this wonderful web site.
It just strikes me as odd that the Robot-Coop still has not made any public announcement that 43Things is shutting down while sending individual emails making people think it is shutting down in a couple of weeks?
When all the other sites were closed (43People, 43Place, AllConsuming, BestofLists) there was a months notification given before each site closed.
I read other peoples comments that the site needed 50 million dollars to stay up. I have no clue where that number was coming from, but I am a businessman and everything is negotiable. Maybe the number was supposed to scare me away but it doesn’t. What that number might represent is the total funding the Robots received over the past 10 years which is required to be paid back if the company is sold. Possible, but again, everything is negotiable and getting something back in return is always better than getting nothing back in return.
I have not created a Pop Clogs account and I’m not really sure I will. The feeling I have at the moment is that there is no assurance that any site I join will stay up indefinitely and I don’t want to commit if it is only temporary (i.e. a few years). I will probably take my time before I commit to a new site investigating all the sites available from this list here:
There is quite a list, but I would much rather stay here than relocate. Just call it my native stubbornness. 43Things is a magnificently underutilized and under-promoted site on the World Wide Web that deserves a 2nd chance. It will be a crying shame if it does not get it.
We really love our cat. Cat personalities are really different from dog personalities and I think there is much more variety in the kind of things that interest or don’t interest them. Our Maine Coon Cat is pretty playful but also quite smart as well. I enjoy having her in our family.
Everyone arrived on time today and we took one last try to see if anyone would change sides on their feeling about the case. That did not happen and I let the judge know that we were stuck at 6-6 guilty/not guilty. After 30 minutes we were called back to the courtroom and the judge concurred that we had tried and failed to reach a verdict. Whether or not the case was re-tried I do not know, but I did learn something new after we were released from Jury service.
We were allowed to discuss the case with the lawyers about what we felt were the unresolved issues of the case, namely the lack of any corroborating witness for a man being charged with armed robbery in front of other customers. Like I said, you couldn’t see it in the video, and the security person seemed to have selective memory for his version of events even through he was an experienced professional. But back to what I learned….the District Attorney was given no time to prepare the case, he found out that morning of Jury Selection that he would be presenting. It probably made his case weaker as a result. On the other hand, I hope that if the suspect does get off, regardless of what really happened, he learns a valuable lesson and gets a 2nd chance to live a better life and be a better citizen.
I am sorry that we didn’t reach a verdict, but it was a really interesting experience.
We could not start discussing the case until all the Jurors had arrived, so 11 of us waited 15 minutes for the last juror to arrive. Then we could begin. Everyone fell into 2 groups: 1 was regardless of the evidence and video, because the security guard said he saw it then it must be true; 2 was there was no physical evidence of the bottle being taken or the knife shown to the security guard and the fact that no other employee or other witness was presented who saw it either dispite the fact that indeed other witnesses were at the scene as shown by the video.
Based on the lack of evidence, I could not convict on either charge because there was too much reasonable doubt in my mind and even the testimony of the security officer was inconsistent on what he did or did not remember. With no-one changing their minds, the judge allowed us to review the video again and some of the testimony but still no-one would compromise their position. I went home pretty certain that this case would not be resolved by us.
At about 9:30 when everyone was in the courtroom, the lawyers each excused 2 more jurors without explaining why although it probably was from their answers to questions from the day before. So all the new people to replace the people who were excused were then asked the same questions and after another half hour, we were finally ready to start the trial. From the opening statements by the lawyers, the trial would be about whether or not a man stole a bottle of liquor from a drug store and then armed robbery with a knife when confronted by a store security guard outside the store.
After lunch, we heard from only 2 witnesses who were both employees of the drug store working as security officers. One had worked 17 years as an officer and the other had worked only 3 months and was in training. Only 1 had followed the suspect around, then chased him out to parking lot to confront him. He stated that a knife had been pulled out and shown to him as well before the suspect left. When cross examined by the defense, the witness seemed to forget several details of the crime that I felt a normal person would remember if I were in the same situation.
The security trainee could not provide much information at all as she did not witness any of the events that the other security officer reported. Finally we were shown the security video from the store which did not corroborate any of the other testimony because you could not see the liquor being taken or a weapon being seen in the parking lot.
With few other facts being stated, both sides gave closing statements and we had about 30 minutes to chose a foreman and start deliberating. I was chosen as the jury foreman and we had a quick vote (6 guilty/6 not guilty) and we ended up going home for the day after that.
On my 2nd day of calling in to see if I had to report to the court, I found out I would indeed be going to court even through I had worked the night before (blame it on my old manager not wanting to change the schedule). The morning was pretty quiet and I played CIV4 on my laptop to pass the time. But immediately after lunch, I was called for a panel in the criminal division of the court and within a few minutes, I was seated as Juror #6. The questioning of if I had any close friends who were law enforcement (no) and if I had ever been involved in a crime such as robbery (no) took away 4 other members of the Jury that were then replaced. I did answer (yes) to the fact I had been to court before for Traffic Tickets and for Divorce, but the judge reminded everyone that those were OK and not related to the case. The day ended with the lawyers themselves questioning the Jury about answers they had given, but I was never asked a question by them. And it was never asked if I work with police (I do because my job then did support the Los Angeles County Sheriffs who provided security for my agency). Everyone in the jury pool (about 50) were still there when we were told to go home at 4pm and report back the next morning at 9am.