Lifehacker
Lifehacker
Lifehacker.svg
Type of site
Blog
Available in English, Japanese
Owner Univision Communications
Created by Gina Trapani
Editor Alan Henry
Slogan(s) Tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done.
Website lifehacker.com
Alexa rank Decrease 486 (September 2016)[1]
Commercial Yes
Registration Optional
Launched 31 January 2005; 12 years ago (2005-01-31)

Lifehacker is a weblog about life hacks and software which launched on January 31, 2005. The site was originally launched by Gawker Media and is currently owned by Univision Communications. The blog posts cover a wide range of topics including: Microsoft Windows, Mac, Linux programs, iOS and Android, as well as general life tips and tricks. The staff updates the site about 18 times each weekday, with reduced updates on weekends. The Lifehacker motto is "Tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done."[2]

In addition, Lifehacker has four international editions, Lifehacker Australia, Lifehacker Japan, Lifehacker India and Lifehacker UK which feature most posts from the U.S. edition along with extra content specific to local readers.[3][4]

History

Gina Trapani founded Lifehacker and was the site's sole blogger until September 2005, when two associate editors joined her, Erica Sadun and D. Keith Robinson.[5] Other former associate editors include Wendy Boswell, Rick Broida,[6] Jason Fitzpatrick, Kevin Purdy, and Jackson West.[7] Former contributing editors include The How-To Geek,[8] and Tamar Weinberg.[9]

Lifehacker's frequent guest posts have included articles by Joe Anderson, Eszter Hargittai, Matt Haughey, Meg Hourihan, Jeff Jarvis.[10][11][12][13][14]

On January 16, 2009, Trapani resigned as Lifehacker's lead editor and Adam Pash assumed the position.[15]

On February 7, 2011, Lifehacker revealed a redesigned site with a cleaner layout.[16] Then, on April 15, 2013, Lifehacker redesigned their site again to match the other newly redesigned Gawker sites, like Kotaku.[17]

On January 7, 2013, Adam Pash moved on from Lifehacker to a new start-up, and Whitson Gordon became the new editor-in-chief.[18]

On January 1, 2016, Whitson Gordon parted ways with Lifehacker to another popular technology website, How-To Geek, as their editor-in-chief [19] replacing Lowell Heddings.[20] In his announcement, Gordon confirmed that Alan Henry would take over as the interim editor pending interviewing processes. Alan Henry became the new editor-in-chief on February 1, 2016.

Lifehacker was one of six websites that was purchased by Univision Communications in their acquisition of Gawker Media in August 2016.[21]

Podcast

Lifehacker staff ran the Ask Lifehacker podcast, which was discontinued in April 2014. Since May 2014, former Lifehacker writer Adam Dachis has been hosting Supercharged, a podcast with the same theme and set-up, on which Lifehacker writers Alan Henry, Whitson Gordon, Eric Ravenscraft, Thorin Klosowski and Patrick Allen still frequently co-host.

Staff

Writer Position
Alan Henry[22]
Editor-In-Chief
Eric Ravenscraft Senior Writer
Thorin Klosowski Writer
Patrick Allan [23] Writer
Melanie Pinola Contributing Writer
Kristin Wong Contributing Writer
Beth Skwarecki Contributing Writer
Claire Lower Contributing Writer
Stephanie Lee Contributing Writer
Vanessa Marin Contributing Writer
Heather Yamada-Hosley Contributing Writer
Andy Orin Editorial Assistant
Shep McAllister Commerce Editor
Jim Cooke Art Director
Sam Woolley Staff Illustrator
Nick Criscuolo Contributing Designer
Gina Trapani Founding Editor

Advertising

Lifehacker launched in January 2005 with an exclusive sponsorship by Sony. The highly publicized ad campaign was rumored to have cost $75,000 for three months.[24] Since then, a variety of tech-oriented advertisers have appeared on the site.[25]

Accolades

  • In 2005, TIME named Lifehacker one of the "50 Coolest Web Sites"[26] in 2005, one of the "25 Sites We Can't Live Without"[27] in 2006 and one of the "25 Best Blogs 2009"[28]
  • CNET named Lifehacker in their "Blog 100" in October 2005.[29]
  • Wired presented Gina Trapani with a Rave Award in 2006 for Best Blog.[30]
  • In the 2007 Weblog Awards, Lifehacker was awarded Best Group Weblog.[31]
  • PC Magazine named Lifehacker in "Our Favorite 100 Blogs" in October 2007.[32]
  • US Mensa named Lifehacker as one of their top 50 sites in 2010.[33]

References

  1. ^ "Lifehacker.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2016. 
  2. ^ About Lifehacker Accessed: 8/16/2016
  3. ^ Welcome to Lifehacker UK (April 17, 2014). Retrieved on April 25, 2014.
  4. ^ Lifehacker AU Goes Live (August 28, 2007). Retrieved on August 31, 2007.
  5. ^ Gina Trapani (September 6, 2005). "Introducing Team Lifehacker, triple threat". Lifehacker.com. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "Farewell, Rick!". Lifehacker. 2007-05-11. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "Jackson West is our Newest Associate Editor". 2008-11-05. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "Welcome Our New Contributing Editor, The How-To Geek". 2009-02-19. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ "Farewell to Tamar". 2008-10-17. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "This week's guest editor: Joe Anderson". Lifehacker. 2006-07-25. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ "This Week s Guest Editor". Lifehacker. 2005-08-29. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ "Guest editor this week: Matt Haughey". Lifehacker. 2006-03-13. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ "How to mouse goofy". Lifehacker. 2006-05-25. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ "Special Report: Web 2.0 Conference". Lifehacker. 2005-10-06. Retrieved . 
  15. ^ "Letter From The Editor: So Long and Thanks for All the Fish". Lifehacker. 2009-01-16. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ "Hello World! This Is The New Lifehacker". Lifehacker.com. Retrieved . 
  17. ^ "Welcome to the New Lifehacker". Lifehacker.com. Retrieved . 
  18. ^ "It was Pash like Cash". Lifehacker. 2013-01-07. Retrieved . 
  19. ^ Gordon, Whitson. "...And Now His Watch Has Ended". Lifehacker. Retrieved 2016. 
  20. ^ Heddings, Lowell. "With 1 Billion Views So Far, We're Moving How-To Geek Forward". www.howtogeek.com. Retrieved 2015. 
  21. ^ Calderone, Michael (18 August 2016). "Gawker.com Ending Operations Next Week". The Huffington Post. 
  22. ^ Xeni Jardin (February 13, 2014). "'How I work' tips from Lifehacker's Alan Henry, with a nod to Boing Boing". BoingBoing. 
  23. ^ http://patrickallan.kinja.com
  24. ^ Mike Rundle (February 1, 2005). "Sony Paying $25k Per Month for Lifehacker Blog Sponsorship". businesslogs.com. Retrieved . 
  25. ^ "Internal Surveys from July, 2006". Gawker Media. July 2006. Retrieved . 
  26. ^ Murray, Maryanne (2005-06-20). "50 Coolest Web Sites". Time.com. Retrieved . 
  27. ^ Murray, Maryanne (2006-08-03). "25 Sites We Can't Live Without". Time.com. Retrieved . 
  28. ^ iPad iPhone Android TIME TV Populist The Page (2009-02-13). "25 Best Blogs 2009". TIME. Retrieved . 
  29. ^ "News.com's Blog 100 - CNET News". News.cnet.com. Retrieved . 
  30. ^ "Wired 14.06: Real Simple". Wired.com. 2009-01-04. Retrieved . 
  31. ^ "Seventh Annual Weblog Awards". The 2007 Bloggies. Retrieved . 
  32. ^ Heater, Brian (2007-10-15). "Our 100 Favorite Blogs". PC Magazine. 
  33. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110430165830/http://www.us.mensa.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Top_50&Template=/customsource/top50_winners.cfm 2011-04-30

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