Mr. Bill George Presents

Fmylife: Yay or Nay?

In Technology on April 18, 2009 at 7:05 PM is a weird and wonderful addition to the web. It’s a collection of everyday anecdotes and stories likely to happen to anyone and everyone… This is a space where you can let it all out and unwind by sharing the little things that screw with your day, and maybe realize that you are not alone in experiencing day to day crap.”

Above is the mission statement of the quickly growing website I’ve been hearing more and more about it from a wider variety of people every week. But I’m curious just how widespread it has become. Thus, this post and the following poll:

I personally have never visited the site (besides right now for research). But I’ve been with people who will hop online at random and see what’s new, laughing with delight at all these poor sap’s misfortune. But my question is: are these stories really someone’s misfortune? Some of the entries I’ve heard read aloud to me sound down to Earth, but the majority sound ridiculous and made up purely for shock and awe.

Example: Today, I was sitting in class and I fell asleep during the lesson. I was wearing sweatpants and had an erection. My teacher came up to me and grabbed my penis. She thought it was my phone. FML.

Umm… really?

So am I alone here? Am I missing out on the next big thing? Or are there other skeptics out there? Or if the posts are fake, do people just not mind? I think I do. Sound off in the comments!

  1. Never heard of it until now. It looks fun. The good thing about the net is new people are coming online every day. Everything is new to them. It reminds me of Post Secret.

  2. FML is wayyyy old news, definately not the new fad. But I know for me, if I’m waiting in my car for someone or on the train ect it’s fun to hop on my blackberry, go to FML and entertain myself for a bit. A lot of them are a little TOO ridiculous to be true but none the less, entertaining. :]

  3. personally i wouldnt call this website it a fad. Facebook, Twitter, myspace, and livejournal this is what think of when i hear fad. These require you to take the time and create accounts. True or not , it generates a little bit of a chuckle and for that I’m ok with.

  4. yea i don’t think Zach meant FML requires an account. i read his statement as ‘THESE require accounts,’ with THESE referring to what he calls fads: FB, Twitter, MS, LJ etc.

    am i right zach?

    • You are correct Bill, FML doesn’t not require an account to be made in order to view them, therefore I do not consider it a fad.

  5. polling is dumb .

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