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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Colleen_C_C 6 years ago

Colleen_C_CA blast from the past

Reading through these entries has been, for me, interesting, sobering, & enlightening—there’s plenty of “food for thought” as I consider what brought me here, what this community has meant to me for the last eight-plus years, & what I’ll be keeping inside myself even after it passes…. smile

(On a “lighter note,” go here to check out how spam reporting got done “back in the day”: I had forgotten about this early mechanism, put in place back when the site – not to mention the Interwebz – was still young & mostly/fairly innocent. grin) 5 months ago

tikini wikini 6 months ago

Aloha50Sometime in early 2005

I was reading someone’s blog. I was living in New York at the time and they were in Hawaii. They mentioned that they were writing their goals on 43things. I logged on as Hawaii50.

At first I found it to be very clicky, but maybe it’s because I was not focusing on goals but wanting to connect to others. I ended up closing that account and a year or so later I came back as Aloha50. 6 months ago

Aloha50 6 months ago

A Staggering Rat of Heartbreaking Something or OtherI am very tired.

I went to a friend’s house. He was raving about MySpace and said “I just signed you on, too.” I sighed and became Chief Free Running Table Salt. Female. 99 years old. Theme song: Tiny Cities Made of Ashes.

One night there I found an artist who was doing 50 installations. I admire people who can do things well and in quantity. This led me to find a person doing 43 Things on 43 Things. I found the site and was invited to join. I was willing to sign up for anything in those days. The next day, an email arrived: So-and-so cheered you on 43 Things. I said “Oh, that!”

I was reserved and did not have a voice. To live larger than life had not occurred to me.

It took about a half year to settle in and become part of a community of wit.

Chief Free Running Table Salt is still out there, somewhere, still 99 years old. 6 months ago

Aleeeeeeeeeseearly 2005

it was funny – I was working as a sales assistant & somebody in my team wanted to know something about somewhere in Arizona or someplace (Atlanta at the time) – how far it was or how long it’d take to drive there of how many coffee shops near Tucson,.... some random thing – and I did a GOogle search & the 4th or 5th entry was like “43things: I want to drive to Arizona” so, even though I was at the office, I signed up for an account

3 weeks later I ran across an article by the new york times re 43t, which made me feel all badass that I’d known of sthg b4 the times :D 6 months ago

Aleeeeeeeeese 6 months ago

tikini wikini I loved reading these entries

Thanks Jimrin for the link

I know I have answered this question before but not on this particularly goal, it seems. At least I did not see myself …

43Things revealed itself to me through a search I was doing for jokes I could tell at Toastmasters. I came across a link to a Toastmasters post on 43Things by John Lee

I scouted about and set up an account.

Goal setting became a way of life for me. If I ever give up expressing goals in words and pictures and visiting them regularly, that will mean I have in some way given up on anything ever changing… I cannot imagine it. 6 months ago

HenriettaLowell 3 years ago

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