We have some big news: Figment.com is becoming part of Random House.
When we started Figment, we had a simple idea: to create a safe space for users to read, write, and share stories. Since the day we opened our doors, in December 2010, hundreds of thousands of you have joined Figment, producing hundreds of thousands of books. Over the past three years, we’ve seen an incredible community grow before our very eyes. Figment is, and has always been, a product of you. We’ve just been lucky to be along for the ride.
We have read amazing, humbling stories. We’ve met phenomenal writers. Writers whose names we’ll see on a bookshelf someday and proudly say, “We knew her!” and then hastily add, “Not, like, in real life, but we were super close online. It was this thing, hey don’t even worry about it. Let’s get coffee.”
We know this wonderful, weird community isn’t the kind of thing you find every day. Figment is incredibly special, and the collaborative spirit and endless creativity that you bring is the reason it will continue to grow.
Random House, one of the biggest publishers in the world, is dedicated to maintaining Figment’s integrity and openness. The site will remain the same today as it was yesterday. Your stories, comments, and forum posts will all be here. You’ll still own all your stories. Random House believes in the written word, in authors and books, and in the creative spirit—all the things we founded Figment to celebrate. We couldn’t think of a better steward for this supermegaawesome place.
We’re feeling a lot of feelings right now: gratitude, happiness, optimism. But mostly we’re excited to see the Figment community become bigger and better with Random House. Figment users are … well, you know what you are. You’re the best good thing about the site, and we know you’ll grow and thrive and become even more talented, creative writers than you already are.
The only thing better than each of you is all of you.
The Figment Team