I’m Richard MacManus, a writer and technology journalist originally from New Zealand, but now based in the UK.

I was the founder of ReadWriteWeb in 2003 and built it into one of the world’s most influential tech news sites. RWW was ranked among the top ten blogs in the world by Technorati and was syndicated by The New York Times (2008-11). The company was sold to SAY Media in December 2011 and I left in October 2012.

I now work for The New Stack, leading its developer channel and writing articles about internet technology trends.

I also write Cybercultural, a newsletter about web history and its impact on our culture. I will be serializing my upcoming Web 2.0 memoir on Cybercultural, starting October 2023.

Other activities:

I’m active on Mastodon and LinkedIn; also Twitter, but less often now. I tend to use Facebook mostly for family updates. I try not to use other social media.


I’ve written two books since leaving ReadWriteWeb:

  • My debut book Trackers, about how technology is helping us monitor and improve our health, was published in December 2014.
  • My science fiction novel Presence, about the future of the metaverse, was published in September 2016.

As of 2022/23, I’m working on a memoir about my experiences building ReadWriteWeb in the Web 2.0 era.


I’ve got an online archive of my writing going back to the early 2000s, with a particular focus on my work from 2003-2012 at ReadWriteWeb.

Media citations:

External media coverage, from RWW through to my current projects.