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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participate in Amnesty International's Write A Thon 7-10 December 2007


 

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AbsnasmBetter late than never.

I’ve written my letters and they’re in my bag to be posted tomorrow. But it would appear that to register my pledge I need a US address. I’m really keen on adding myself to the numbers, so I’m pretending I live at a very very famous American address – 1060 West Addisson St, Chicago, Il, the home of Wrigley Field, as it’s the one Elwood uses in The Blues Brothers to fob off the cops. I’m lying to Amnesty! I’m going to hell! But at least I played my part, and that’s the main thing (I think). 6 years ago


AbsnasmHow very timely...

..that the same day that Maggie sent me the invitation to do this, another 43Ter’s blog had a link to this disturbing film, which is unsuitable for under 14s. It was commissioned by Amnesty to highlight the enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA in the “War on Terror” (that’s “terrorISM”, fellow language pedants). A volunteer was put into what is known as a “stress position” – the kind of body position in which prisoners in Guantanamo Bay are shackled – for six hours. The fear, pain and anguish you see and hear are not acting.

The campaign Maggie’s invited me to is separate from the one connected to the film, and is run by American Amnesty, but that won’t stop me taking part. Human rights is a global issue that transcends borders. I urge everyone, especially those who revel in living in what they see as the “Free World”, to take a look at the links above, and play at least a small part in ending this abuse by making their voice heard. 6 years ago


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