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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lukenobi 11 months ago

Sherlock 22 months ago

SherlockI'm not sure if this is an improvement.

I am answering the phone. I suspect I sound massively irritated when I do, because one woman calling about my car repairs today sounded actually frightened of me. I probably sound like I’m in the midst of disarming a bomb and REALLY resent the interruption.

I was doing data analysis, and it’s really hard to follow a complex series of steps when interruptions are happening left and right. The worst for me are people who call but then are don’t get to the point, like perhaps I’d like to chat for a while. I can’t chat at work; there is always some deadline or another. I don’t even understand how anyone in this world has chatting time at work.

so there. 22 months ago


have a hard time being “on.” I have a hard time being on, especially after I get home for the day.

At the same time, I can tell that not answering the phone just piles up the number of things I do.

So I’m going to TRY to answer the phone when I’m not working. If I’m doing science, though, a bomb could go off and I wouldn’t hear it. 22 months ago

Danfigjam 23 months ago

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