LOVE IS IN THE AIR...
JUST IN TIME FOR SPRING, LYCOS LAUNCHES DATING SEARCH, ONE OF A KIND SEARCH ENGINE FOR ROMANCE
Lycos Combines Power of Search and Expertise of Leading Dating Sites to Help Maximize Online Dating Success, for FreeWALTHAM, Mass.- February 23, 2005 - Lycos, Inc. (www.lycos.com), a leading provider of search, community and technology lifestyle destinations and a wholly owned subsidiary of Daum Communications, Corp. (KOSDAQ: 035720), a premier Internet portal in Korea, today announced the launch of Lycos Dating Search (http://datingsearch.lycos.com), the only search engine for romance allowing users to browse results from multiple online dating companies, all in one place. Unlike other dating sites, which limit users to viewing profiles from a single source, Lycos Dating Search allows users to simultaneously search for relationships and explore top quality profiles from some of the most popular, reputable and highly-trafficked online dating sites including iMatchup.com, LoveAccess, Matchmaker.com, Tickle.com and True.com. Users can easily search and view millions of active and frequently refreshed profiles and photos for free, through Lycos Dating Search. "Lycos Dating Search applies Lycos' search heritage and expertise to the vast number of profiles on leading online dating sites. By providing full-text indexing of millions of profiles, we offer users a much more convenient, efficient and effective way of searching for relationships online," said Adam Soroca, General Manager of Search Services for Lycos, Inc. "Rather than searching on many different dating sites, online date seekers can now quickly narrow the available field of prospective matches on Lycos Dating Search." "Lycos Dating Search confirms Lycos' commitment and reinvestment in search." Soroca added. "We recently launched a new search-centric home page that cleanly presents all of our search products including Web, People, Yellow Pages, Shopping, Multimedia, News and Discussion Search. We also reintroduced Lycos the dog and the familiar 'Go Get It' slogan. The Lycos brand is known for search, and as we approach our 10-year anniversary, you will see many more innovative search products coming out of Lycos over the next several months." Internal data compiled for Lycos by Compete, a leading predictive analytics company, concluded 50 percent of online daters evaluate more than one dating site during any given month. Lycos Dating Search provides search results from five top dating sites, where only active or recent profiles, and profiles with photos, are displayed. Dating Search results are presented by relevance according to specific search criteria including: proprietary algorithm; strength of match; newness of profile; and popularity of profile. Other unique search functionality of Lycos Dating Search includes a Favorite Profiles feature and a Saved Search feature, allowing users to keep track of their top choices and store search criteria across multiple dating sites. Lycos Dating Search also offers advanced search features and keyword search functionality giving users the option of searching by criteria such as favorite books, musicians, movies, hobbies, sports and more, providing more targeted matches with details that matter most to online daters. Lycos Dating Search allows users to test-drive five diverse dating sites at once, with various features including the option of scientific matching and personality tests, IM, chat and video personals, to meet anyone's online dating preferences. While many other dating sites require users to register in order to view profiles of potential dates, Lycos Dating Search gives users direct access to full profiles for free, with no initial registration process. Lycos Dating Search compliments Lycos People Search and Lycos Discussion Search, which launched last fall, giving users easy access to search for people and topics they care about most.
About Lycos, Inc.
Lycos is one of the original and most widely known Internet brands in the world, evolving from one of the first search engines on the web, into a comprehensive network of social media web sites that foster online communities.>Lycos has been a pioneer in intelligent spidering search technology, combining its proprietary technology with other best in class search services to provide a powerful and relevant search experience for its users.
Times change, and Lycos has changed with them, evolving into digital media power house with two major divisions
Lycos, is a network of easy to use community and social sites. Lycos's award-winning products and services include tools for blogging, web publishing and hosting, online games, e-mail, and search. The Lycos Network of sites and services include Lycos.com, Tripod, Angelfire, HotBot, Gamesville, WhoWhere, and Lycos Mail. Integrated, these sites help in bringing people together to interact, conduct commerce, have fun, and experience the best the Internet has to offer, is in our DNA. We offer 40 Local Sites in 120 Languages with a community spanning across 177 Countries. Lycos consistently averages 12 - 15 million monthly unique visitors in the U.S.
Lycos employs over 500 people working out of 24 offices worldwide, including the US, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Sweden, Serbia, Israel, China, Thailand, Panama, India, Emirates, Russia and Australia, and with representatives or partners in Spain, South Africa, and The Netherlands.www.lycos.com
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