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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Ten Things to Do Before This Article Is Finished by Alex Williams

August 26, 2007 - ''People are dying to make this list, and most haven't been given a chance since grade school,'' said Josh Petersen, a founder of the Robot Co-op, a Seattle company that runs the Web site, which since 2004 has enrolled 1.2 million members who post customized life lists, find others with similar goals and encourage one another to check them off. Sky diving ranks 24th in popularity; losing weight, unsurprisingly, is first. ''Pull a prank involving 100 lawn gnomes'' is a goal shared by 65 members. ''In school you're asked, 'What do want to be when grow up?' '' Mr. Petersen said. ''Then people stop asking the question.'' Read article...

Making a 'bucket list' before you kick by Cathy Lynn Grossman and Laura Bly

January 14, 2008 - Most accomplishments on people's lists are more personal On the website, where 1.2 million people have posted their personal lists in the past three years, according to The New York Times, the top goal is losing weight. Genny Scott, 49, who works at the county jail in Goldendale, Wash., most wants to "learn to scuba dive and see the Great Barrier Reef in person. I've never been anywhere that the ocean is warm enough to stick your toes in." She also wants to research her family roots, swim with dolphins and become a nature biologist. One item she's already started: working on a novel, she says. "So that's not totally unattainable." Read article...

In The New Game Of Tag, All Of Us Are It by Steven Levy

April 18, 2005 - That process is also at work on a Web site called 43 Things, where people express their goals, tag them and comment and commiserate on the goals of others. It turns out that a lot of people on the site read a book called "Getting Things Done." When someone came up with the idea of making a tag called "GTD," others recognized that the abbreviation was an ideal label, and thereafter anyone who posted a goal inspired by that book stuck a GTD tag on it. That's a classic example of how the group effort of tagging can discover its own kind of compelling logic. Tagging enthusiasts call such systems "folksonomies." Read article...

Making Your List, Checking It Twice by Kathleen McGowan

January 27, 2006 - Here are the top five resolutions named by the members of com.43thingsand a few suggestions for how to tackle them. 5. Be happy. The surest way to be happy is not to focus on riches or success; the science of positive psychology has shown that focusing on relationships, rather than material goods, provides lasting pleasure. Volunteering breeds happiness, as do good social skills and solid networks of friends. If you're going to spend money, experiences (travel, entertainment and so forth) usually bring more pleasure than objects. 4. Fall in love. This is a perfect example of a goal that absolutely must be broken down into smaller pieces. Before you can fall in love, you need to someone meetand if you're looking to meet someone, flirting is a big step in the right direction. Research in the science of flirting shows that two-thirds of the time, it's women who take the lead. She lets the man know she's interested through glances, laughter, smiling and welcoming body language. After that, it's give-and-take. A successful flirtation is like a pas de deux: each mirrors the other's body language, creating a synergy. For more details on the dance, try Love Signals: A Practical Field Guide to the Body Language of Courtship, by David Givens, Ph.D. Read article...

'43 Things': The world's to-do list by Jim Regan

June 7, 2005 - We all go through life with our own personal 'to do' lists. Not just the ephemeral goals like picking up the dry cleaning or alphabetizing the garbage, but the larger ambitions, like buying a home, starting a business, or sorting out that whole Cold Fusion muddle. I have my own list, including, for example, seeing Ireland (partly for cultural reasons, partly because I've been told it's an ideal country to tour on a motorcycle), and I might occasionally share some of those intentions with friends - but it frankly never would have occurred to me to share them with the entire wired planet. More than 20,000 world citizens have taken that route, however, and the resulting catalog of almost 100,000 assorted ambitions is available for inspiration and entertainment at 43 Things. Read article...

Stop, chat, go by Oliver Burkeman

November 4, 2006 - I have become obsessed, although hopefully not in the clinical sense, with, a website where people reveal 43 goals they want to achieve, then find others with the same dreams and spur each other on. It's a mesmerising glimpse into the world's collective yearnings, which turn out to encompass everything from the overarchingly ambitious ("have a completely different life by this time next year") to the poignant ("stop hating myself") and the mundane ("return my overdue library books"). Others on the front page included "get laid", "go to Antarctica" and "destroy Christianity", though I think it might be problematic to attempt all three at once. Then there was the one that kept catching my eye: more than 300 people had decided that one crucial way to improve their lives would be to start talking to strangers. Read article...

Living your bucket list by Marc Ramirez

January 27, 2008 - These are life's ultimate to-do lists, lists that transcend the clutter on your office desk and give meaning to your existence. One popular Web site,, lets users post their own lists, with items both frank and fanciful, such as: Donate blood. Kiss in the rain. Go to Italy. Continuing with the recently opened film, "The Bucket List," in which two terminally ill old-timers (played by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) set out to achieve their own, such lists have taken on added urgency, one that's all the rage. Read article...
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