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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Waterfall NymphAll done

and just in time too as the Bing/ Yahoo news breaks today…..

Well, if they do merge or whatever, that’s one less engine for me to manage. Or not. 4 years ago


Waterfall NymphSo close

There were some errors in the upload which took 5 hours to fix (ha! 5 hours!) but all that’s left is the tracking URLs which I have in a spreadsheet and I just have to figure out how to do in a way that takes less than 5 more hours. 5 years ago


Waterfall NymphThat's what I'm talking about people

The new campaign is live and up and happening. You too can experience the joy. Bing “tulle circles” or any of 1000 fascinating search terms and there we are.

I sent an email to the mucky mucks telling them I still need to check the individual bids. And add the tracking suffixes (with a hint tha maybe IT could do this – and not poor me).

This goal will be closed when:
  • the URLs are in place
  • the bids are checked
  • the negatives are added

My damn hands and arms ache so bad I can hardly stand it! 5 years ago


Waterfall NymphStill going

Errata and alignment finally finished. Just got an OK on my list of words.

Now comes the hard bit. 5 years ago


Waterfall NymphThis goal is why I'm never here right now

Damn MSN trying to make their search engine relevant. I don’t want you to be relevant! Two search engines are plenty to manage.

Anyway, systemwide overhaul in warp speed. At least I’m getting a lot of podcasts listened too.

Once this is done, I’m rewarding myself by completely reorganizing the kitchen. 5 years ago


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