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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bluebutton32I think I can even do this!

When I was in high school I realized how little people really listen to the people they’re in conversations with, so I stopped inserting my ‘what I did last night’ into our group conversations. In college I took this further and decided no one would notice if I just stopped saying ‘goodbye’ when someone left a group of people I was apart of. So I stopped. I withdrew myself and shut myself up and I think this is when my social problems got to be a particular interference in my life. It’s like I decided I didn’t matter. There was nothing about myself as a part of a group that made me worth noticing. As I am writing this I’m shocking myself at how terrible my self esteem must be, but I’m happy to realize it.

To my co-workers and my school mates I am going to say hello, I am going to ask how their weekends were even if mine was boring and I’m going to say goodbye to them, not just walk away. I’m going to be more personal. I think this should be easy and so so good. 4 years ago


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