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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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I’m counting one my sisters and I did as a joke when we went to Ireland in 2008. The message, which is out there somewhere as I write, says something to the effect of, “Dry Humping – I don’t hate it!” If ‘m not mistaken, it was a call to revolution by dry-humping. We threw it into the sea at Howth. <3 10 months ago

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Sonne 7 years ago


I made my bottle and … sort of threw it out to sea. I travelled to Tromso in Norway and took my bottle with me. While we were there Pixie and I threw our bottles off of the end of a long fisherman’s wharf right in the middle of the … fjord, shipping lane type thing. I hope it doesn’t get stuck in the harbour because I just sort of bobbed about there and didn’t go anywhere. Hopefully the passing cruises will wash it on a bit further.
Knowing my luck I will get an email next week saying the fishermen of tromso don’t appreciate my littering. but I have done it none the less! 17 months ago

Biddly BongA question

what would you write in your message? 20 months ago

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izibela 22 months ago

Daniel 23 months ago

danieleeeSo want to try this

This summer would be exactly the right time for such a fancy. I’ll have to think of what to write in the message, and which personal information I should fill in.

I’m not too comfortable about leaving my name or address to unknowing hands, even though it could turn out great and be good fun. Maybe I’ll just mention my email, hoping that the tough seaman who gets it knows what an email is lol.

EDIT: learn to draw and include simple drawings and instructions which could be understood from anyone, no matter their native language. 4 years ago

HaleePearlDamn it.

This is still in my room somewhere. I guess I ended up writing my future self a message. I don’t even know what it says anymore. 2 years ago

TaziiiiWhat Should I say?

Builders working near the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland found a message in a bottle written by seven former prisoners and buried in a cement wall. These men left a simple message written in pencil: Just their names, the numbers that had been tattooed on their arms, and their home towns in Poland and France. They just wanted someone to know they had existed. 2 years ago

Sheila 2 years ago

nbhole 2 years ago

user1669message in a bottle

I’m gonna do this :-) maybe oneday someone will try to find me and give me my bottled message back. 3 years ago

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