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]


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.

On February 3, 2017, Alan Henry left his position at Lifehacker. He has since moved on to write for the New York Times.[21]

On February 28, 2017, Melissa Kirsch became the editor-in-chief.[22]

Lifehacker was one of six websites that was purchased by Univision Communications in their acquisition of Gawker Media in August 2016.[23]


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.

As of January 2017, Lifehacker has a weekly podcast called The Upgrade. It is hosted by Melissa Kirsch and Alice Bradley and features experts and Lifehacker staff "helping you improve your life, one week at a time".[24]


Writer Position
Melissa Kirsch[25]
Eric Ravenscraft Senior Writer
Thorin Klosowski Writer
Patrick Allan [26] 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 Staff Editor
Shep McAllister Commerce Editor
Jim Cooke Art Director
Sam Woolley Staff Illustrator
Nick Criscuolo Contributing Designer
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.


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.[27] Since then, a variety of tech-oriented advertisers have appeared on the site.[28]


  • In 2005, TIME named Lifehacker one of the "50 Coolest Web Sites"[29] in 2005, one of the "25 Sites We Can't Live Without"[30] in 2006 and one of the "25 Best Blogs 2009"[31]
  • CNET named Lifehacker in their "Blog 100" in October 2005.[32]
  • Wired presented Gina Trapani with a Rave Award in 2006 for Best Blog.[33]
  • In the 2007 Weblog Awards, Lifehacker was awarded Best Group Weblog.[34]
  • PC Magazine named Lifehacker in "Our Favorite 100 Blogs" in October 2007.[35]
  • US Mensa named Lifehacker as one of their top 50 sites in 2010.[36]


  1. ^ "Lifehacker.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 7 September 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 2007-01-18. 
  6. ^ "Farewell, Rick!". Lifehacker. 2007-05-11. Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
  7. ^ "Jackson West is our Newest Associate Editor". 2008-11-05. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  8. ^ "Welcome Our New Contributing Editor, The How-To Geek". 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  9. ^ "Farewell to Tamar". 2008-10-17. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  10. ^ "This week's guest editor: Joe Anderson". Lifehacker. 2006-07-25. Retrieved 2007-07-09. 
  11. ^ "This Week s Guest Editor". Lifehacker. 2005-08-29. Retrieved 2007-07-09. 
  12. ^ "Guest editor this week: Matt Haughey". Lifehacker. 2006-03-13. Retrieved 2007-07-09. 
  13. ^ "How to mouse goofy". Lifehacker. 2006-05-25. Retrieved 2007-07-09. 
  14. ^ "Special Report: Web 2.0 Conference". Lifehacker. 2005-10-06. Retrieved 2007-07-09. 
  15. ^ "Letter From The Editor: So Long and Thanks for All the Fish". Lifehacker. 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2009-01-16. 
  16. ^ "Hello World! This Is The New Lifehacker". Lifehacker.com. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  17. ^ "Welcome to the New Lifehacker". Lifehacker.com. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  18. ^ "It was Pash like Cash". Lifehacker. 2013-01-07. Retrieved 2013-01-28. 
  19. ^ Gordon, Whitson. "...And Now His Watch Has Ended". Lifehacker. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  20. ^ Heddings, Lowell. "With 1 Billion Views So Far, We're Moving How-To Geek Forward". www.howtogeek.com. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  21. ^ Henry, Alan. "Be Good, Play Nice. I'm Heading Out". Lifehacker. Retrieved 11 December 2017. 
  22. ^ Richard Horgan, "Incoming Lifehacker EIC Is Proud of This Amazon Product Review", Adweek, February 14, 2017
  23. ^ Calderone, Michael (18 August 2016). "Gawker.com Ending Operations Next Week". The Huffington Post. 
  24. ^ Apple Podcasts, "The Upgrade by Lifehacker"
  25. ^ Richard Horgan (February 14, 2017). "Incoming Lifehacker EIC Is Proud of This Amazon Product Review". Adweek. 
  26. ^ http://patrickallan.kinja.com
  27. ^ Mike Rundle (February 1, 2005). "Sony Paying $25k Per Month for Lifehacker Blog Sponsorship". businesslogs.com. Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  28. ^ "Internal Surveys from July, 2006". Gawker Media. July 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-01-19. Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  29. ^ Murray, Maryanne (2005-06-20). "50 Coolest Web Sites". Time.com. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  30. ^ Murray, Maryanne (2006-08-03). "25 Sites We Can't Live Without". Time.com. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  31. ^ iPad iPhone Android TIME TV Populist The Page (2009-02-13). "25 Best Blogs 2009". TIME. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  32. ^ "News.com's Blog 100 - CNET News". News.cnet.com. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  33. ^ "Wired 14.06: Real Simple". Wired.com. 2009-01-04. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  34. ^ "Seventh Annual Weblog Awards". The 2007 Bloggies. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  35. ^ Heater, Brian (2007-10-15). "Our 100 Favorite Blogs". PC Magazine. 
  36. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110430165830/http://www.us.mensa.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Top_50&Template=%2Fcustomsource%2Ftop50_winners.cfm 2011-04-30

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