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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Explore how 43 things can be a social change tool
Intertwining content and people

I am looking at how these types of tools can connect people who are passionate and then connect that into the what of what they are passionate about. It is a dance that is just being coreographed on the web. So much yet to learn and this is one more place to do it.

Explore how 43 things can be a social change tool
Ten People -- So Fast

I have to say, there is something a bit thrilling to find 10 people who have added this to their things. Cool!

Explore how 43 things can be a social change tool

It strikes me that this could be a kind of power-wiki for helping people work on social change goals.

For example I’ve added a couple of political goals to my 43 things: ban SUVs in cities and help create a national daycare program. If other people sign up for the same goals, maybe that’s a first step towards working together towards that goal. Or maybe advocacy groups could use people’s goal lists to identify potential supporters. (Arianna Huffington, I’m waiting for your call.)

One of the things that worries me about the progressive universe is the trend away from collective goals (like changing public policies) and towards individual goals (like being a more conscious consumer—that’s on my list, too). We need to think about possibilities for convergence between personal and collective goals, even if it’s a matter of working on our personal goals together. Hmm…can anyone think of a tool that would do that?

Explore how 43 things can be a social change tool
Go team!

Howdy! I’m currently in a Timothy’s at Davisville and Yonge, getting ready for a meeting (hence surfing the net)...

I’m looking forward to checking this out and trying not to get anxious about all the things I could be doing…

Nice to be connected with you all!


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