Christopher "Chris" Joseph Pirillo (born July 26, 1973(1973-07-26)) is the American founder and maintainer of Lockergnome, a network of blogs, web forums, mailing lists and online communities. He spent two years hosting the TechTV television program Call for Help. Pirillo also hosted the first annual Call-for-Help-a-Thon on TechTV. He now hosts videos on several internet sites, including CNN, YouTube, ustream.tv, and his own website.
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Pirillo majored in English education at the University of Northern Iowa. He married Gretchen Hundling on October 3, 1998. They divorced on December 19, 2003, for an undisclosed reason. He later married Latthanapon "Ponzi" Indharasophang on December 9, 2006 and announced their divorce on June 24th, 2009. Chris currently lives near Seattle, Washington with his two dogs Wicket and Pixie, who are the namesakes of the bots on the http://Live.Pirillo.com IRC chat room.
Since 2001, Chris Pirillo has hosted Gnomedex, a yearly conference covering art, science, social media, blogs and new and emerging technologies and concepts, such as Web 2.0.
Chris Pirillo live streams from his home office on Ustream and is one of the more popular streams, with over 4,000 devotees. His live stream is the basis for YouTube videos recorded daily with a focus on software, computers, iPhone applications, operating systems, gaming and other technology-related topics and events. As of July 26, 2009, Pirillo has had over 15,500,000 viewer hours and 81,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel.
Chris Pirillo runs several online communities. His Lockergnome blogging network has over 100,000 members. Geeks, his Ning-based social network, has over 20,000 users.. His web forum, Lockergnome Help Forum, is a popular destination for answers to questions from both novice and advanced users.
Lockergnome originally started as a technology mailing list in 1996, offering tricks and tips for operating systems and applications, software suggestions (with an emphasis on public domain and shareware software) and web site recommendations. Several mailing lists are now provided, offering technology tips and other content syndicated from Lockernome's blogs and web forums, including IT Professionals, Problem Solvers and Windows Fanatics.
Chris Pirillo is the author of several books, including "Poor Richard's E-mail Publishing" (Top Floor Publishing, 1999), "Online! The Book" with John C. Dvorak and Wendy Taylor (Prentice Hall, 2003) and numerous ebooks.