Lifehacker is a website that features the latest software such as Android, Microsoft Windows as well as innovative and refreshing ideas and general life hacks for a better living. It has international editions apart from the local ones, such as Lifehacker India, Lifehacker Australia etc.
- Industry: Life Tips and Software Website
- Founded: January 31, 2005
- Founder(s): Gina Trapani
- Headquarters: The United States of America
- Website: lifehacker.com
History of Lifehacker
Lifehacker was launched by the immense sponsorship by Sony on the 31st of January 2005.The founder of Lifehacker is Gina Trapani and was the only blogger of the site until September 2005, when two editors, D. Keith Robinson and Erica Sadun joined the blog.
Gina Trapani resigned from the position of lead editor of Lifehacker on the 16th January 2009 and the position was taken over by Adam Pash. He had taken over the position of editor-in-chief after Gina Trapani but on the 7th of January 2013, he left the website to join a start-up and the position of the lead editor of Lifehacker was taken by Whitson Gordon.
On the 1st of January, 2016 Whitson Gordon left Lifehacker for another Technology website ‘How to Geek’ and Allen Henry became the new editor of Lifehacker on the 1st of February, 2016.
The layout of the website Lifehacker was changed on the 7th of February, 2011. The website was again redesigned on the 15th of April 2013 for matching other Gawker sites, such as Kotaku.
More about Lifehacker
Lifehacker has international editions as well. All these international editions feature posts from the original website Lifehacker USA along with additional local content. The site was originally part of the Gawker Media group but now Univision Communications own it.
Lifehacker’s blog posts cover a broad topic range that includes the general life hacks along with softwares, such as iOS, Linux programs etc. The staff of Lifehacker updates the website 18 times every week day and with a lower frequency on the weekends. The motto of the Company is ‘tricks, tips and downloads for getting done things.’
The editors of the site are Rick Broida, Wendy Boswell, Kevin Purdy, Jackson West and Jason Fitzpatrick. Many writers, such as Eszter Hargittai, Joe Anderson, Matt Haughey, Jeff Jarvis and Meg Hourihan, have contributed guest posts to the website.
The staff of Lifehacker operated the ‘Ask Lifehacker’ podcast but was discontinued from April 2014
Recognition and Awards
- TIME declared Lifehacker as among the 50 Cool Websites in the year 2005. It lauded Lifehacker as among the ‘Best 25 sites That Cannot Be Lived Without’ and as among the ‘Best 25 Blogs of 2009.’
- CNET acknowledged Lifehacker among their ‘100 Blogs’ in Oct.2005.
- Gina Trapani, the founder of Lifehacker received the award of the ‘Best Blog’ by Wired in 2006.
- It received the award of ‘Best Group Web Blog’ in the Web Blog Awards, 2007.
- Lifehacker was honoured by the PC Magazine that named it as ‘Our Favourite 100 Blogs’ in Oct.2007.
- This blogging website was recognized by US Mensa as among the ‘Top 50 Sites’ in the year 2010.’