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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is editing herself. [I won't share your 43T; PLEASE don't share mine.]

Recent entries from catherineaq

catherineaqmoving to popclogs

I (obviously) haven’t been active here since buttongate. I felt offended by the outright rudeness of the robots in the face of heartfelt, intelligently and respectfully expressed feedback of the 43t users. (bitter? why do you ask?) I don’t stay at parties if I dislike the hosts, no matter how much I love the other guests.

But I never stopped loving the other guests, so I checked in to see how people were doing, even if I didn’t post or cheer. And so I saw that 43t is closing, and there’s a migration by many, though not all, to popclogs.

I missed a having a shared goal-setting website so. damn. much. So I signed up for a popclogs account. I dabbled for a while (once burned, twice shy), and I kept seeing people talk about how wonderful and responsive the site’s operators are. So, I’m in. I’m and I’m cautiously optimistic. I hope it will be a great party with lovely hosts!

[I won’t post again here.] 6 months ago

catherineaqYou made me at least think about it.

I went to the blog for a second time, after reading your comment. I was thinking about adding a comment there. I’m a big girl; I can admit when I’m being sulky, as you said.

But then I read the comments that were there, and the responses to them, and decided, “No way.”

Comments in favor of the Robots’ decision were met favorably. Comments against it were treated . . . well, I won’t characterize it; you can read them and judge for yourself.

But I don’t need to subject myself to that kind of response. I can be mature and rational; I think I was, during buttongate, when I made many comments to the Robots on every forum possible, but did so in a polite, articulate, reasonable way. I didn’t think the responses I got then were mature and rational; I have no basis to believe the ones I’d get now would be either.

And that’s an entirely separate question from whether comments will affect their decision, but I’m using 43T so little now, that to quote Josh, I can “hardly expect [them] to give a lot of weight to someone with only a gnat’s whisker level of commitment to 43 Things.” So that’s another reason I won’t be registering an opinion.

I sincerely hope I’m wrong and you are more satisfied with the results of your input. 3 years ago

catherineaqThanks Amy

I miss everyone too. But I just can’t bring myself to be here the way I was before. It’s a loss I still feel deeply, though.

I read the blog about the proposed subscription change and the responses to comments, and . . . ugh. 3 years ago

catherineaqAfter Buttongate do you honestly feel it's worth telling them?

They’ll do what they want, regardless.

I’m already (slowly) deleting all my goals, and no longer really posting.

Now I’ll probably start unsubscribing to people really quickly. Because there are many people I read because I find them inspiring on the basis of a particular goal, but I don’t have much else in common with them, and therefore rarely cheer or comment on them. So it feels stalker-ish of me to subscribe to them, and I’ll be embarrassed if they see me as a subscriber and think, “Who? Really? Why?”

Although since I don’t post much and rarely comment anymore (since Buttongate) I pretty much feel stalker-ish anyway. I just haven’t been able to stop myself from swinging by to check on people I once talked to frequently, and grew to care about.

Sigh. 3 years ago


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