Greg Knauss at MaxFunCon 2010
|Occupation||Writer, humorist, programmer|
Knauss released Romantimatic in 2014, an iOS app that reminds users to send messages to their significant others. The app's release was controversial, receiving coverage and criticism from The Atlantic, Elle Magazine, and The New York Times. Knauss asserted that romantic love is a thing that needs tending to, just like other aspects of our lives that need maintenance. Other reviewers were less pragmatic about its value. According to Joanne McNeill, "One of the suggested messages to send is "I can’t get you off my mind," which is ridiculously untrue if this app is in use."
Knauss's work is primarily with the back-end aspects of making the web function. He is the "tech godfather" for the long-running weblog Kottke.org and in 2015 was responsible for successfully scaling Paper Magazine's web architecture to prepare for them publishing nude photos of Kim Kardashian in a web stunt with the hashtag #BreakTheInternet.
Knauss created Metababy, an early wiki-like community. He also created an early parody blog called WinerLog that existed to make fun of Dave Winer, a person he asserted "dished it out but couldn't take it." Knauss's writing from his college humor publication was later reprinted online in the early Internet-based magazine InterText, edited by fellow UCSD alumnus Jason Snell. Snell also published Knauss's early blog-like e-mail missives on the Internet in a collection known as An Entirely Other Day. In 1996 Knauss and Snell helped found TeeVee.org, a site powered by software written by Knauss himself.
Knauss was an original contributor to Suck.com. Some of his earliest writing appears in Antic Magazine where he'd share "type-in" programs he'd written for the Atari Computer, or STart Magazine where he'd review games built for the Atari ST. He went on to review technology for MacWorld and has written for McSweeney's and Wired Magazine. He published chapters in many technical books by Que Publishing in the late 1990's.
Knauss was born in Torrance, California. In college at the University of California, San Diego, he was the editor of Muir College Erratically, a small humor publication, as well as a frequent contributor to the UCSD Guardian student newspaper. He lives with his wife and three children in Woodland Hills, California.
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