Type of site
|Available in||English, Japanese|
|Created by||Gina Trapani|
|Registration||Optional, through Kinja|
|Launched||31 January 2005|
Lifehacker is a weblog about life hacks and software that launched on January 31, 2005. The site was originally launched by Gawker Media and is currently owned by G/O Media. 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 website is known for its fast-paced release schedule from its inception, with content being published every half hour all day long. The Lifehacker motto is "Tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done."
In addition, Lifehacker has four international editions, Lifehacker Australia, Lifehacker Japan and Lifehacker UK which feature most posts from the U.S. edition along with extra content specific to local readers.
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. Other former associate editors include Wendy Boswell, Rick Broida, Jason Fitzpatrick, Kevin Purdy, and Jackson West. Former contributing editors include The How-To Geek, and Tamar Weinberg.
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. Since then, a variety of tech-oriented advertisers have appeared on the site.
On January 16, 2009, Trapani resigned as Lifehacker's lead editor and Adam Pash assumed the position.
On February 7, 2011, Lifehacker revealed a redesigned site with a cleaner layout. Then, on April 15, 2013, Lifehacker redesigned their site again to match the other newly redesigned Gawker sites, like Kotaku.
On January 7, 2013, Adam Pash moved on from Lifehacker to a new start-up, and Whitson Gordon became the new editor-in-chief.
On January 1, 2016, Whitson Gordon parted ways with Lifehacker to another popular technology website, How-To Geek, as their editor-in-chief  replacing Lowell Heddings. 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.
On February 3, 2017, Alan Henry left his position at Lifehacker. He has since moved on to write for the New York Times.
On February 28, 2017, Melissa Kirsch became the editor-in-chief. Alice Bradley was named editor-in-chief in June 2020, but left in March 2021. Former deputy editor Jordan Calhoun succeeded her as editor-in-chief.
Lifehacker was one of six websites that was purchased by Univision Communications in their acquisition of Gawker Media in August 2016.
Lifehacker staff ran the Ask Lifehacker podcast, which was discontinued in April 2014. From May 2014, former Lifehacker writer Adam Dachis hosted 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 frequently co-hosted.
|Joel Cunningham||Managing Editor|
|David Murphy||Senior Technology Editor|
|Claire Lower||Senior Food Editor|
|Beth Skwarecki||Senior Health Editor|
|Meghan Moravcik Walbert||Parenting Editor|
|Mike Winters||Finance Writer|
|Sam Blum||Staff Writer|
|Aisha Jordan||Staff Writer|
|Joel Kahn||Senior Video Producer|
|Micaela Heck||Podcast Producer|
|Gina Trapani||Founding Editor|
According to this letter from the editor on Lifehacker, Alan Henry will no longer be the Editor-in-Chief at Lifehacker and has since joined The New York Times. Gizmodo Media announced Melissa Kirsch as his replacement in February 2017. Alice Bradley was named editor-in-chief in June 2020. Jordan Calhoun became editor-in-chief in March 2021.
Edited: 2021-06-18 12:31:09