For Sale:
September 11, 2000 10:56 AM   Subscribe

For Sale: What do think the person who buys it will do with the site?
posted by mathowie (9 comments total)
At $ 10 million, you can be sure it's one of the following:
  • Phony bid
  • A really well funded pr0n company
  • Bill Gates getting ready for the release of Windows ME
posted by riffola at 11:17 AM on September 11, 2000

It's just pud seeking more attention for himself. A quick look at FC's boards shows it. Although I wouldn't be surprised if he'd entertain a serious offer for the site; it's obviously had its 15 minutes in the severely incestual dotcom press, so he doesn't have much to gain personally by continuing to run it. His updates there are already down to like twice a week.
posted by aaron at 11:51 AM on September 11, 2000

CNN likes to call the site Kaplan in a CNN interview about possible investors for FC from July:

KAPLAN: If somebody started a site like this to make money, I would probably list them on the side of the doomed company. There's no real business model, there's no idea that's going to sustain a corporation for the next 40 years in this Web site, and that's the problem with dot.coms today, with a lot of them.
posted by tomalak at 12:05 PM on September 11, 2000

Reportedly the bid is for real. Ebay has supposedly contacted all bidders by phone to confirm that their bids are real. Could it be?
posted by chaz at 4:16 PM on September 11, 2000

So how much would people pay for metafilter?
posted by Neale at 5:32 PM on September 11, 2000

Speaking of selling web sites:
posted by Lirp at 5:56 PM on September 11, 2000

I think it's great that he's selling it. He already got what he wanted out of it - it wasn't some righteous crusade to poke fun at the futility of many dotcoms and thus to save the whole field - it was a gag all the way. And the gag is over - as anyone who's seen the inane message boards will agree. So if some loser wants to pay millions for a washed up, tired idea that flamed brightly and brilliantly for a moment - great. More power to pud.

And anyhow, whether or not he owns it, he's still the guy who founded He gets to have his cake and eat it too. Perfect.
posted by mikel at 9:22 PM on September 11, 2000

Well, I do think that if someone really wanted to hunker down and turn it into a serious news site about the floundering net economy, there are enough people out there interested in the subject that it just might make a profit.
posted by aaron at 9:42 PM on September 11, 2000

Here are some suggestions for possible revenue streams for the would be fuckedcompany owner(s):

Free Fuck: The current headlines that are posted on the website will still be delivered to the general browsing public for free.

Fantasy Fuck: The fucked company game from now on will be a pay game. Members will be required to pay $25.00 per quarter to play. The top 10 contestants from each quarter will recieve their very own DOTCOM name.

Premium Fuck: Daily email news letter to subscribers who shell out $45.00/mo. The news letter will include insider information about which CEO is about to fuck his company. It will also include selected excerpts from the previous day's posts on the message board. Might include profane language, but no nude photos of anyone or anything.

Enterprise Fuck: If a company is not sure about how it plans to fuck itself, the expert management consultants from will create a business plan for the company what will ensure a royal fuck. The fees will be negotiated at no less than 4% of the total VC money generated by the company. No stock options / equity will be accepted as form of payment.

Total Fuck: Turn the domain into a porn site.

posted by tamim at 10:38 PM on September 11, 2000

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