23.6.09

at FmyLife.com, in a few sentences, users can tell everyone the shitty moment which ruined their day

French website VieDeMerde.fr (which translates as bad life), where the people are encouraged to wallow in self-pity, has become one of the top ten most visited sites in France since its launch in January 2008 by two young French entrepreneurs. A host of similar sites for losers are doing a roaring trade, including RaterSaVie.com (FailYourLife), which has become a hot topic in France ever since Jacques Séguéla, an advertising guru and close friend of President Nicolas Sarkozy, claimed last month that those who did not have a Rolex watch by the age of 50 had "failed" their life. Other spin-offs include Jaipasdechance.com (I've no luck) and jobdemerde.com (sh*tty job). In January the creators exported the concept to the US with a version called FmyLife.com (F*ck My Life) with incredible results.


"F*ck My Life" logo

Apparently going against the grain of the famous American "can do" optimism, a million people visit the US site every day to read about other people's hard-luck stories or recount their own, with the highest hits in New York and Los Angeles. In what has been dubbed "Twitter for losers", both VDM and FML, the American version, invite users to vent their misfortunes in a few words, the bleaker the better.

FMyLife 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," an acronym short for "F*ck my life."

an example of the post:

Today, I received my passport in the mail. They got my birthdate wrong. Then I picked up my birth certificate that I had sent in with the application. Turns out my parents have been celebrating my birthday on the wrong day for 16 years. FML

another example of the post:

Today, I had sex with this guy who I like very much. As he went to leave I decided to give him one last thrill. So I reached down his pants and started to rub and stroke him. He abruptly pulled my hand out, when I asked why, he points behind me, my mom watched the whole thing. FML

The slogan of the site is: "My life sucks but I don't give a f*ck".

As per Alexa the web rank of FML is 1024 in web traffic statistics.

The posts in FML are rated and there is a hall of Fame of all time F*cked up stories. Click here to read them.

FML founders have also published a book having a collection of all this.

Categories in the FML (click on any of these to visit subsequent FML posts):

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