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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Stephen

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SAVE 43things.com (read all 8 entries…)
Yes, I am a 43Things User

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.



SAVE 43things.com (read all 8 entries…)
Hey, the pictures are back!

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.



SAVE 43things.com (read all 8 entries…)
Saving 43Things: Update 7/4/2014

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.



SAVE 43things.com (read all 8 entries…)
Please Use and Share This Image (Save 43Things)

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!



SAVE 43things.com (read all 8 entries…)
"Wouldn't it be easier to create a new website?"

http://www.43things.com/entries/view/6519326

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.



SAVE 43things.com (read all 8 entries…)
email to Jeff Bezos (CEO of Amazon)

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.



SAVE 43things.com (read all 8 entries…)
Saving 43things.com options

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:

http://www.similarsitesearch.com/alternatives-to/43things.com

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.



get a cat
Love (sometimes) and Attention (when hungry)

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.



Sit on a jury (read all 5 entries…)
Deadlocked - Day 4

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.



Sit on a jury (read all 5 entries…)
Hung Jury - Day 3

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.



Sit on a jury (read all 5 entries…)
The Trial - Day 2

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.



Sit on a jury (read all 5 entries…)
On the Panel - Day 1

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.



Celebrate my 5 year anniversary on 43Things
I just realized it.

On Jun 1, 2009, I joined 43Things and this was my first post here:

http://www.43things.com/entries/view/4076957

Somehow, there is karma that is brewing as this milestone and this date represent important turning points in my life. I’m happy and excited!

Thank you to all of you that have cheered and supported me through 171 goals and with a little more work, I wish through many many more.



SAVE 43things.com (read all 8 entries…)
SAVE 43Things.com

I am contacting the Robot Coop to negotiate for the purchase of the website, user data, and intellectual property of 43Things.com.

If you want to keep 43Things alive, please add this goal to your list, cheer and post your support here! The more users that speak up, the better the chance that we can really SAVE 43Things.com!

If someone creative can make a nice banner, I will credit you and use that too in my related correspondence and posts.

~Stephen



Find 43things that I would change about 43things (read all 18 entries…)
Buy the 43Things.com web site

I have been hearing rumors of 43Things.com being shut down by various 43Things users. Already they have shut down their other sites including 43People, 43Places, BestofLists, and AllConsuming which I had accounts on each. I really like the 43things format and it is a shame if they are serious about discontinuing the site.

So I am making an inquiry about purchasing the entire web site and user data outright. As the databases for 43Things are cloud based it should not be too difficult to transfer the site, and although I am not a Ruby Guru, I’ve programmed enough to know how to manage a project and I am serious about giving 43Things a new life and taking care of the other nagging issues that are part of this goal.

If you are for keeping 43Things alive, let me know! Also I would like to hear your feelings about having advertising on the site vs. paying an annual fee to avoid seeing the ads.



Achieve five things a day....everyday........no matter how small. (read all 181 entries…)
New Beginning - 5/6/14

1. After realizing that I was not making the progress I want on my most important goals, I conducted some research and a series of assessments to help me choose the best path forward.

2. Completed a goal worksheet for 2014.

3. Created a new goal of ‘Find My Inner Strength’ to focus myself on the goals worksheet. Also I realized that I do not have a support group to help reach those goals yet.

4. Created rules to minimize distractions and create small steps that can be done daily to reach my goals.

5. Commuted by train and had a good day at work.

6. ❤ Called Tiwa to tell her “I love you.”❤



Find my inner strength
Who is my cheerleading team?

Because I have had road blocks that have kept me from some of my most important goals, I have been considering Life Coaching to knock those road blocks over. Although geared for Women, I found the http://rebelwomencafe.com/ site useful and filled out a 2014 Goals sheet found at http://rebelwomencafe.com/tools-resources/

But after completing the sheet, I realized that I don’t really have any cheerleaders or people who have rallied me when I feel discouraged. That’s why I adopted this goal of Finding my Inner Strength to give me a strategy to redouble my efforts when I falter.



Find an organizational style that works for me (read all 4 entries…)
Clean Sweep Assessment 2014

It has been 5 years since I first took the Clean Sweep Assessment http://betterme.org/cleansweep.html and retook the checklist to see if I made any improvements.

I am happy to report that I improved my score by 8 points, but I was also surprised that I lost 2 points in Physical and 1 point in Relationships. The biggest jump was in Money of course because of the new job I have. I know I need to focus now on increasing that Physical score which is bothering me a lot right now. If even considering a Life Coaching program to help motivate me in this area because it seems I have been blocking myself from succeeding here.

My next step is to take that step to improve my Physical score.

Physical: 10
Well-Being: 21
Money: 19
Relationships: 16
TOTAL: 66 (out of 100)



Achieve five things a day....everyday........no matter how small. (read all 181 entries…)
Ouch - 4/20/14

1. I pinched the nerve in my back again close to my L5. It is hurting a lot today and taking Naproxen Sodium to help manage the pain/soreness.

2. Finally watched my current Netflix movie “This is 40”. I liked the movie even through through it’s more of a melodrama than a comedy.

3. Bought groceries for the week.

4. Talked to my mom.

5. Ate pareve.

6. ❤ Told Tiwa I love her. ❤



Achieve five things a day....everyday........no matter how small. (read all 181 entries…)
Small Chores Add Up - 4/19/14

1. Washed Laundry.

2. Called and talked with my mother.

3. Started unpacking the van with things brought back from my father’s apartment.

4. Entered expenses and updated my budget for April.

5. Ate Pareve for the day.

6. ❤ Told Tiwa I love her. ❤



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