The Web's most popular dot-com deadpool site is opening its
overflowing in-box of e-mail tips to the general public--for a small
In a newsletter Friday, F***edCompany.com founder Phil Kaplan, aka Pud,
said he has created two premium services for the site, which will otherwise
remain free. For $75, subscribers will gain access to all rumors sent to
the site, stripped only of information that could identify sources. For
$25, subscribers will be allowed to search the site's message boards, known
as the "Happy Fun Slander Corner."
The site, which posts rumors of layoffs, bankruptcies and other assorted
disasters of the dot-com meltdown, has become a reliable tip sheet for
journalists, investors, headhunters and others. It has also generated its
share of controversy because of its gutter style, with typical posts
littered with profanity.
"F***edCompany has received more information from more employees of more
companies than any site--any entity--in history. I'm sure of it," wrote
Kaplan. "Point is, while I try, I haven't been able to keep up with all the
stuff I get. I've been pretty good about going through it all and
picking out juicy ones for the site?But unfortunately, I often miss
great stuff that's sent to me."
In his newsletter, Kaplan said the site has accumulated some 43,000 tips
since its inception 10 months ago, of which just 1,400 have been published
on the Web.
Since many readers already stand to gain financially from the information
offered freely on the site, he said, charging a fee for more makes sense.
"What motivation do I have to help strangers with their business?" he
wrote. "I know. Money."