The FML (F#@k My Life) app is like the TV show Hoarders - it makes you feel better about your own life within moments of turning it on. For me, few things are funnier than hearing about strangers' sexual mishaps, issues at work and run-ins with animals - fortunately FML has all of those and then some.
Now, before there was an FML app, there was (and still is) an FML Website. What the two share is their abilities to offer individuals an anonymous forum to share the bad, sad, funny, weird, ridiculous moments that can happen in day-to-day life. Over time the FML brand has become so popular, a book of some of the best FML stories was released a few years back.
So, what kind of stories can be found on the FML app? Here are some PG-ish examples:
"Today, I was walking in my apartment when I felt something stab my foot. Thinking it was a piece of glass, I looked down. It was one of my roommate's toenail clippings. FML."
"Today, I told my boyfriend I wanted to spice up our sex life. He suggested incorporating bacon. He was serious. FML."
"Today, an idiot decided it would be fun to light up a firecracker in front of our house. It ended with fire trucks, a black yard, and yet somehow the weeds survived. FML."
Now, these are the relatively tame quotes found within the app. While there are many other ones that are far more graphic, funny and head-scratch worthy, I don't know each reader's tolerance, so have therefore chosen to play it safe.
Anyways, the app, as expected is a bi-product of the very popular FML Website and thus shares content. In terms of how the content gets from one's fingertips to the FML community is rather easy.
Once a user sets up an FML account, he can access the More section through the app's bottom menu. In there he will find the Submit Your FML section in which he is allowed to enter and submit his story through. An initial warning is provided to ensure that the user plays by the few rules that need to be adhered to, but it's off to the races after that.
From there, the user has 300 characters to get his story across. Of course, if the moderators don't find a story suitable, it won't make the cut.
As soon as a story goes live, other members are then able to vote "I agree, your life sucks," or "You deserved it." Fellow users can also make comments, but seeing how individuals vote on a variety of different stories is perhaps even more intriguing than the messages they can leave.
Now, in order to keep things organized, FML has divided up its content in a clear matter. When a user is submitting his story, he has to designate it for a specific FML category like Love, Animals, Money, Intimacy, Health, Work, etc. - all of these have a dedicated section within the app.
Additionally, there is a Best Of section that features the stories in which the majority of voters believed is an incident that really sucked for the author. Within that section is a flop page featuring everyone who, according to voters, deserved to have bad things happen to them. Members can also bookmark their favourite stories so that they can be shown off to friends later on.
While the FML app (available for free for iOS, Android, Windows 7 and BlackBerry devices) doesn't offer much in terms of supreme visual and design elements, the content more than makes up for that. As someone that reads all day and generally doesn't like to read once working hours are over with, FML remains a place I continue to visit on a regular basis.
To me, the FML app is where I go when the day has kicked the snot out of me and I can't help but hope that someone got it worse than me - in a funny way of course.