Quo Vadis Lifehacker?
When I started blogging in 2005 Lifehacker was one of the two blogs that I read regularly (the other was Download Squad). Back then, it offered a mix of tech and non-tech articles and guides that made it one of my favorite sources for information.
It was one of the first blogs that I added to Netvibes, my first RSS reading and management service, and was carried over to Google Reader, the Firefox extension Brief and my current RSS reader RSSOwl.
For the past year or so I have read less and less posts on Lifehacker. I usually only look at the headlines and mark the articles as read. It is not because the authors at Lifehacker produce less content, quite the contrary.
The core reason is my impression that Lifehacker has reduced the tech article output. Now, this may be my impression and I have no idea if this is true or not. What I do see is an increase in mobile and cell phone related contents, and non-tech related contents which seem to have replaced much of the old tech related articles on Lifehacker.
Even worse in my opinion; The tech articles that get posted are often old news, at least for me and users who follow other tech news sites. Lifehacker is not the site anymore that discovers new and exciting applications for desktop operating systems.
Those tech articles are usually rehashes of other site's findings, often no longer than 150 or so words long.
Maybe that's life, that the mobile crowd has exploded and that apps and stuff are the new tech news. Don't get me wrong. There is certainly a market for mobile apps and news, but it is unfortunately not something that I'm interested in.
As a consequence, I have made the decision to remove Lifehacker from my RSS feed. I will still stop by the site occasionally to see what's going on. Important or interesting tech news on Lifehacker are covered by many sites that I'm subscribed to in my RSS reader, which means that I will still be able to read them.
For me personally, Lifehacker feels a lot like Digg. A site that I once used on a daily basis turned into something that I have little or no interest in anymore.
Are you a Lifehacker regular? What's your impression then?Advertisement