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motto IT news for professionals
description News from the IT industry
Registration optional
languages German
owner Golem Media GmbH
Published 1997
status active

Golem.de (spelling: golem.de ) is a web portal of Golem Media GmbH , a subsidiary of Computec Media , for news from the IT sector . In addition to news from the IT world, it offers other subject areas, such as a video or photo portal. In addition, all articles have their own forums in which readers can post comments.

The offer reaches around 2.49 million users and is visited around 9.76 million times a month. In terms of visits , Golem was ranked 6th among the largest German Internet portals with a focus on technical topics in October 2016.


Golem.de emerged from a team around the long-time editor-in-chief Christian Klaß, which started with the online magazine Horseshoe Online . This was split into three parts, one of which was the online computer magazine Golem , which went online in March 1997 . The first official announcement can still be found in newsgroup archives.

At first, Golem's offering was limited to tests and background reports. The news-centered GNN.de (Golem Network News) went online shortly before CeBIT 1998 with an editorial system. In mid-October 2000 GNN.de was renamed Golem.de for trademark reasons. Since then, the news offering has been expanded to include a forum, a job database and a price comparison facility.

In December 2005 Golem.de was taken over by the Norwegian publishing house Orkla Media , in August 2007 by the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group and on January 1, 2011 by Computec Media .

On August 31, 2013, the editor-in-chief and co-founder Christian Klaß left the publishing house after 16 years for private reasons. On February 28, 2014, Managing Director Jens Ihlenfeld also left the company after 17 years in order to re-orientate himself professionally. He was followed by the Austrian Benjamin Sterbenz, formerly deputy editor-in-chief at Futurezone and deputy head of department at the Austrian daily Kurier .

On August 4, 2014 Golem.de introduced a new subscription model with Golem pur . Readers who pay a monthly fee of EUR 2.50 or more can use the offer free of advertising. Tracking and profiling by advertising providers are also switched off in this case. With this, Golem.de reacted on the one hand to the increasing use of ad blockers and is also attempting to develop additional sources of income. As of December 31, 2014, there were 1638 subscribers. In August 2015 the increase to 2100 subscribers was reported.

On October 1, 2014, Golem published its first magazine entitled “Understanding Android”. This was about the further use of Android devices, such as rooting , ROMs and the development of apps .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Imprint. In: golem.de. Retrieved March 24, 2017 .
  2. Internet Facts 2011-01. (PDF) AGOF, accessed on March 15, 2018 .
  3. Reach of advertising media. IVW, accessed on March 15, 2018 .
  4. Brian Rotter: The Top 25 German Tech Media 2016. In: t3n magazine. December 13, 2016, accessed April 3, 2018 .
  5. Christian Klaß: Message on the start of Golem. In: Usenet. June 1, 1997, accessed November 20, 2012 .
  6. Orkla Media takes over Golem.de. (No longer available online.) December 22, 2005, archived from the original on March 22, 2012 ; Retrieved November 20, 2012 .
  7. Jens Ihlenfeld: Holtzbrinck eLab takes over Golem.de and Netdoktor.de. In: Golem. July 4, 2007, accessed March 24, 2017 .
  8. Jens Ihlenfeld: On our own behalf: Computec Media takes over Golem.de. In: Golem. March 24, 2011, accessed March 24, 2017 .
  9. ^ Co-founder Christian Klaß leaves Golem.de. August 1, 2013, accessed March 24, 2017 .
  10. Jens Ihlenfeld: So long, and thanks for all the fish. In: Golem. February 28, 2014, accessed March 24, 2017 .
  11. Golem.de starts advertising-free subscription model. August 4, 2014, accessed March 24, 2017 .
  12. Pure golem in numbers. January 12, 2015, accessed March 24, 2017 .
  13. Pure Golem now also in a group subscription. September 2, 2015, accessed March 24, 2017 .
  14. Golem.de offline and unplugged. October 1, 2014, accessed March 24, 2017 .