LYCOS ANNOUNCES RON PAUL CONTINUES TO LEAD POPULARITY VOTE WITH WEB USERS, AS MOST-SEARCHED PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL FOLLOWING IOWA CAUCUSES AND NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY

MIKE HUCKABEE SEE BIGGEST BOOST, WITH SEARCH INTEREST INCREASING THREEFOLD

Lycos Looks at Most Popular Democratic and Republican Presidential Hopefuls, Based on Web Search Activity

WALTHAM, Mass. - January 9, 2008 - Lycos, Inc. (http://www.lycos.com), a leading provider of social publishing, media and search services, today announced the following information from The Lycos 50TM, a weekly list of the most popular people, places and things Lycos users search for every day. For a complete list of The Lycos 50 and for in-depth text of The Lycos 50 Daily Report, go to http://50.lycos.com. Reader of The Lycos 50 can also share their thoughts on Internet trends and pop culture on The Lycos 50 Blog located at The Lycos 50 Blog.

Top 10 Most-Searched Presidential Hopefuls:

  1. Ron Paul
  2. Mike Huckabee
  3. Hillary Clinton
  4. Mitt Romney
  5. Barack Obama
  6. Fred Thompson
  7. John Edwards
  8. John McCain
  9. Alan Keyes
  10. Rudy Giuliani

Notes of Interest:

Rep. Ron Paul continues to dominate web search activity among both the GOP and the Democratic candidates in the 2008 race for the White House, generating 150 percent more online interest that the second most-searched presidential hopeful, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. However, among the GOP candidates hoping to win their party's nomination, Huckabee sees the largest boost in search activity, generating three times more search interest over the past six months. Currently, Huckabee receives 67 percent more search interest than former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and is six times more popular than Sen. John McCain, based on web search activity. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, Sen. Hillary Clinton may be slipping in the polls, but she continues to enjoy a 63 percent lead over Sen. Barack Obama in online interest.

Lycos last reported on the web activity each candidate was generating in June, 2007. Since that time, Rep. Paul has generated four times more search interest over the past six months, with Sen. Clinton jumping 52 percent in search popularity. Of the Democratic presidential hopefuls, front-runner Sen. Barack Obama sees the biggest bump in online interest since June, up 167 percent, while Sen. John Edwards remains unchanged in the search polls. On the Republican side, Sen. Fred Thompson continues to see a decrease in search activity, down 67 percent since June, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani comes in a very distant last place with web users, failing to register any momentum on the search radar.

About Lycos, Inc.

Established in 1995, Lycos was founded as one of the first search engines. In stride with the changing Internet, Lycos has gone through propitious transformations, acquiring Gamesville.com, Tripod.com, and Angelfire.com, to build the established network that it is today.

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Date: 2008-01-09