Lycos is a search engine which originally started as a research project at Carnegie Mellon University and officially launched in 1995. This is before most people even knew what a "search engine" was. The company quickly grew and started providing search results both in the US and in many other countries which it continues to do to this day, effectively establishing a global search brand.
Over time, Lycos was able to grow into other areas such as web publishing via acquisition of Tripod.com and Angelfire.com. Lycos also launched other user focussed products such as Lycos Mail and Lycos Domains, effectively creating a network of products and services that include Tripod.com, Angelfire.com, and of course, Lycos.com.
This has been Lycos' key to survival , diversification. The integration of the various products, services and brands provided to Lycos users for the last 25 years