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File:Lifehacker logo.png
Screenshot of Lifehacker as of June 15, 2009
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Blog
Registration Optional
Owner Gawker Media
Created by Gina Trapani

Lifehacker is an advertising-supported weblog about life hacks and software which launched on January 31, 2005. The site is owned by Gawker Media and covers Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux programs as well as time-saving tips and tricks. The staff updates the site about 18 times each weekday, with reduced updates on weekends. The Lifehacker motto is "Tips and downloads for getting things done."

In addition, Lifehacker has two international editions, Lifehacker Australia and Lifehacker Japan, which feature most posts from the U.S edition along with extra content specific to local readers.[1]



Blogger Position
Adam Pash Lead Editor[2]
Kevin Purdy Senior Editor
Jason Fitzpatrick Weekend Editor
Erin Schwendemann
Rosa Golijan

Founding editor Gina Trapani was the sole Lifehacker blogger until September 2005, when two associate editors joined her.[3] Adam Pash is the current lead editor, joined by Kevin Purdy and Jason Fitzpatrick as associate editors. Former associate editors include Wendy Boswell, Rick Broida,[4] D. Keith Robinson,[5] Erica Sadun,[6] and Jackson West.[7] Currently, Lifehacker has one contributing editor, The How To Geek,[8] and formerly, Tamar Weinberg.[9]

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

On January 16, 2009, Trapani resigned as Lifehacker's lead editor, and Adam Pash assumed the position. Trapani continues to contribute a weekly column to the site.[2]


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.[15] Gawker Media never confirmed this number, and the campaign ended after 2 months.[citation needed] Since then a variety of tech-oriented advertisers have appeared on the site[citation needed].[16]


  • Time named Lifehacker one of the "50 Coolest Web Sites"[17] in 2005, one of the "25 Sites We Can't Live Without"[18] in 2006 and one of the "25 Best Blogs 2009"[19]
  • CNET named Lifehacker in their "Blog 100" in October 2005.[20]
  • Wired presented Gina Trapani with a Rave Award in 2006 for Best Blog.[21]
  • In the 2007 Weblog Awards, Lifehacker was awarded Best Group Weblog.[22]
  • PC Magazine named Lifehacker in "Our Favorite 100 Blogs" in October 2007.[23]

Further reading

  • Gina Trapani (December 18, 2006). Lifehacker: 88 Tech Tricks to Turbocharge Your Day. ISBN 0470050659. 


  1. Lifehacker AU Goes Live (August 28, 2007). Retrieved on August 31, 2007.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Letter From The Editor: So Long and Thanks for All the Fish". Lifehacker. 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2009-01-16. 
  3. Gina Trapani (September 6, 2005). "Introducing Team Lifehacker, triple threat". Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  4. "Farewell, Rick!". Lifehacker. 2007-05-11. Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
  5. D. Keith Robinson (2006-05-31). "Ciao from Keith". Lifehacker. Retrieved 2007-01-25. 
  6. "Lifehacker Guest Editor: Adam Pash". Lifehacker. 2005-11-02. Retrieved 2007-01-25. 
  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. "Guest editor this week: Matt Haughey". Lifehacker. 2006-03-13. Retrieved 2007-07-09. 
  11. "This Week s Guest Editor". Lifehacker. 2005-08-29. Retrieved 2007-07-09. 
  12. "This week's guest editor: Joe Anderson". Lifehacker. 2006-07-25. Retrieved 2007-07-09. 
  13. "Special Report: Web 2.0 Conference". Lifehacker. 2005-10-06. Retrieved 2007-07-09. 
  14. "How to mouse goofy". Lifehacker. 2006-05-25. Retrieved 2007-07-09. 
  15. Mike Rundle (February 1, 2005). "Sony Paying $25k Per Month for Lifehacker Blog Sponsorship". Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  16. "Internal Surveys from July, 2006". Gawker Media. July 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  17.,8599,1072872,00.html 50 Coolest Web Sites
  18.,8599,1222769,00.html 25 Sites We Can't Live Without
  19.,28804,1879276_1879279_1879285,00.html TIME: 25 Best Blogs 2009

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