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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Josh Petersen

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Josh Petersen 3 years ago


We actually registered the domain back in 2005 when contemplating world conquest. Now, it seems like pure folly! 3 years ago

Josh PetersenSpending time together

Sophia and I both love soccer. We spent Saturday afternoon with 50,305 fans watching Mexico vs. Ecuador in an unforgettable setting. Sharing time and interests feels like good glue. 3 years ago

Josh PetersenSometimes it is a Skate King birthday party for a 7 year old

Happy birthday Sabs! 3 years ago

Josh PetersenUntitled

I think the Co-op blog works OK for getting information out to the small group of people who would get pissed if they don’t get notice about a change, but I agree it could work better and reach more people if it were set up differently.

We would need to make a new blog for 43Things if we were going to advertise it on 43Things more broadly. Right now it is a compnay blog for robot co-op, not really about 43Things specifically. We need to have a place to talk about nonsense, vacation photos, and the other sites we run. That might just be confusing on a “product” blog advertised from the 43 Things homepage.

Personally, I think a 43Things blog, tied into the site, is a good idea, but I haven’t won over the other ‘bots. Lobby Kathy and Joe! They might listen to you.

On the blog we have now though, I’m not sure we lack participation on the blog, so much as civil and constructive participation. We are already at 40 comments on this latest post, but many of these could just as easily be about “buttongate”: “don’t change the site (idiots)” or “are you trying to kill the site by making it like facebook?”. Only a few have thought about how they’d address users who want to know who subscribes to them. We’ve had a couple commenters question the existence, source and significance of these customer requests all together. Its not really the sort of dialogue that makes me think “let’s have more of this” and especially not want to feature it on the homepage of 43Things. Certainly, if we had a blog promoted across 43 Things, it would be hard to say we’d have open comments given the threats, obscenities, slanders, etc that folks use when they don’t like a change (or the people making the site).

We’ll definitely discuss a 43Things specific blog when we are back in the office on Tuesday. 3 years ago

Josh PetersenUntitled

About 2.5 million people have that box marked. Mailing them conversation about proposed features or changes just is not practical. The blog seems to work OK for the few hundred who really care. 3 years ago

Josh PetersenUntitled

It’s not slack it’s just that we don’t spam the user base almost ever. The blog is a good way to keep up on the coop. 3 years ago

Josh PetersenUntitled

It might be perverse, but I think keepingnsubscribers secret can give a false sense of security too. Basically, we’d like it if the only private info on the site were account data and messages. Then it would be easier to communicate ” it’s all public”.

The robots get the hurt feelings over button gate. They go both ways. But we also tried to listen and revise the feature. It’s my mantra lately: you can’t please everone. But we do have to make decisions and try and do our best. 3 years ago

Josh PetersenSay it With Flowers

The card said “I love being married to you.” 3 years ago

Josh PetersenUntitled

Sounds like local politics. 3 years ago

Josh PetersenUntitled

Lame! Just pile up the bodies of the dead children. That ought to slow down the cars. 3 years ago

Josh PetersenA trip with just one child

I took Sophia to Washington DC for a 5 day trip last month. It was phenomenal. So great to spend time with my first born exploring a city I love. We spent really memorable time together: touring congress, visiting museums, and a special tour of the West Wing of the Whitehouse. Sophia’s favorite parts? Going to the zoo, seeing pandas, and renting bikes to ride around the Mall and through Rock Creek Parkway. What I’ll remember most? Holding her hand while she skipped across Lafayette Square, Angry Birds fest in the hotel room, and indulgent ice cream feasts out on the patio. It is so great to have those memories with her.

I’m looking forward to my other two kids having this rite of passage at 10, a solo trip with Dad to Washington, DC. And I’m looking forward to coming up with new destinations to explore 1:1 with the family. 3 years ago

Josh PetersenLove texting

I’m a 140 character spreader of love. 3 years ago

Josh PetersenChanged the name

I’ve been thinking about a better way to word my goal for a while. I’m going to try this out. Inspired in part by Ric Elias’s Ted Talk on confronting your regrets: 3 years ago


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