FMyLife

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Fmylife
FML Logo.svg
Web address http://www.fmylife.com
Slogan "Get the guts to spill the beans"
Type of site Blog
Available in English, French, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Russian and Turkish
Owner Ouiche Lorraine SARL
Created by Maxime Valette, Guillaume Passaglia and Didier Guedj
Launched January 2008
Alexa rank negative increase 18,590 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Active

FMyLife is an English-language blog that serves as "a recollection of everyday anecdotes likely to happen to anyone". Posts on the site are short, user-submitted stories of unfortunate happenings that begin with "Today" and end with "FML".[2] FMyLife receives more than 1.7 million hits each day.[3] A book containing stories from the site and illustrations[4] was published in June 2009.[5]

Beginning in 2013, their video team, FML Video Guys, produces weekly videos featuring different FML stories.[6]

FML has different categories such as: Animals, Health, Love, Kids, Work, Money, Intimacy, and Miscellaneous.

History[edit]

FMyLife was created on January 13, 2008 by Maxime Valette, Guillaume Passaglia and Didier Guedj. The site is the English version of the creators' original website in French, Viedemerde.fr, which translates as "shit life". VDM has become one of France's top ten sites. Anybody who visits the site can decide if the writer of each anecdote's life indeed "sucks" or if he or she "deserved" what happened. Members can submit stories and leave comments. Not every story submitted is posted on the blog.[7]

FMyLife has drawn attention from some social commentators, such as sociologist Pierre Mannoni, who has stated, "Even if it's done with humour, it can be dangerous to describe oneself endlessly as a loser; it can prevent you from succeeding."[7]

The website experienced a rapid increase in traffic in February 2009, according to a breakdown of web traffic by Alexa Internet.[8][9]

In March 2009, FMyLife announced that they had secured a book deal.[10] The book was released on June 9, 2009[5] and was available for purchase at Amazon, Borders, and Barnes & Noble stores.

In 2009, FML also released an iPhone/iPod touch application, in which the user can submit their FMLs, rate them, comment on them or just read them, just like the website itself. Applications are now available for Android, BlackBerry devices and ordinary cell phones, as well as several applications for iPhone.[11]

In 2013, FML began unrolling their new videos created by Ray Chase and Ben Giroux, known as the "FML Video Guys".[12] The videos are directed and edited by Logan Burdick. Chase and Giroux had previously worked together creating web content for Awkward Universe, which FMyLife had been publishing on their site during 2012.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fmylife.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "FML: Frequently Asked Questions". 2009-10-04. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  3. ^ Aucoin, Don (2009-05-30). "The culture of failure". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  4. ^ "FMyLife, the book!". FMyLife. 2009-05-17. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  5. ^ a b "The book is now available". FMyLife. 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  6. ^ "FML Video Guys". youtube.com. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  7. ^ a b Bremner, Charles; Marie Tourres (2009-03-06). "French cash in on internet despair as depression builds across Atlantic". London: Times Online. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  8. ^ "FMylife.com - Traffic Details from Alexa". Alexa. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  9. ^ Milian, Mark (2009-02-10). "FMyLife lets you sound off on everyday problems". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  10. ^ Carlson, Nicholas (2009-03-17). "'F*** My Life' Gets Book Deal". Business Insider. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  11. ^ "FML: All official applications for mobile phone". Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  12. ^ Guedj, Didier (2013-02-04). "The FML Video Guys". fmylife.com. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  13. ^ "Awkward Universe". comedytvisdead.com. 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 

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