Richard MacManus

I’m Richard MacManus, a writer and technology journalist.

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.

My latest project is Web Development History (WDH), an internet history website for developers and the technically curious. ⏳

I work for The New Stack as a senior editor. I write a weekly column there about web development trends.

I’m active on Twitter and LinkedIn. I tend to use Facebook mostly for family updates. I try not to use other social media.

I write a weekly newsletter, Cybercultural. It’s a place where I can reminisce about Web 2.0 and opine about Web3 in the same breath.


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 Virtual Reality, was published in September 2016.

Other writing:

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.