POLITICAL BLOGGING POPULAR AS ELECTION APPROACHES, LYCOS TAKES IT ON THE ROAD WITH LIVE BLOGGING FROM THE DNC IN BOSTON
Lycos Tripod.com and Angelfire.com Host Myriad of Conservative, Liberal and Neutral Political Blogs
WALTHAM, Mass. - July 28, 2004 - Terra Lycos (NASDAQ: TRLY), the global Internet Group, recently launched new mobile blogging features (mo-blogging), allowing its millions of users to update blogs with text and photos from mobile devices like cell phones and PDAs. Demonstrations of Lycos' moblogging capabilities are now available all this week from the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Boston.
Jamie Riehle, group product manager of Web Publishing for Lycos, is on site this week moblogging live from the DNC. Riehle's blog, located at http://blogcon04.tripod.com/, contains photos and short text messages from Bloggers Alley and from the floor of the convention at the Fleet Center in Boston. Riehle is one of only 34 online media members granted press credentials for the DNC, moblogging live on site with a camera phone, digital camera and digital video camera, uploading video and audio to his blog throughout the week.
Other Lycos users have also created a myriad of political blogs on Tripod (www.tripod.com) and Angelfire (www.angelfire.com), the two leading Web publishing sites in the Lycos Network. Some examples include:
Red Blogs (Conservative)
Biased Conservative http://www.angelfire.com/blog2/bootygrabber/Kutablog/
Conservative mind in a liberal world http://willcurley.tripod.com/home/
Michael Moore is a Liar http://michaelmooreisaliar.tripod.com/newsblog/
Political Notions http://politicaldevotions.tripod.com/weblog/
Conservative View http://conservativeview.tripod.com/blog/
Temporary Optimistic Cynic http://optimistic-cynic.tripod.com/blog/
Blue Blogs (Liberal)
Let's Talk about Democracy http://bushmeister0.tripod.com/bushmeister0/
Media Crime - Corporate Wars http://buffalowatchdog.tripod.com/media/
Regime Change 2004 http://buffalowatchdog.tripod.com/2004/
Infrared Zone http://infrared41.tripod.com/blog/
Purple Blogs (in the Middle)
Denver Post Stupidity http://thegreatone168.tripod.com/postwatch/
New Millenium Agenda http://stephenclaflin.tripod.com/stephenclaflin/
Wakeup America http://www.angelfire.com/art/dwltrs/truth/
In June, Lycos added new moblogging features, as well as new digital media uploading tools, to its award-winning Blog Builder toolTM (http://blog.tripod.lycos.com). Lycos continues to build the most comprehensive and dynamic Web publishing tools, combining easy-to-use blogging tools with Web hosting, domains and more generous storage space for photos and audio and video clips. The new Blog Builder features provide incredible flexibility and versatility, including:
- Mobile blogging (moblogging) capabilities to update blogs from e-mail, cell phone and PDA's
- Free Members now have access to all premium features including easy-to-use photo post tool, spell check, community blogs and advanced customization.
- Upload video and audio clips to blogs
- Cut tag features to make it easier to scan long posts
- Open Community Blog features, similar to online clubs
- Metatags for search engine optimization
- New family, fitness and teen-centric templates
Lycos also announced key trends driving consumer adoption of social media like blogs and social networking during the recent BlogOn Conference at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Lycos survey results of more than 2,000 Tripod and Angelfire members indicated consumers who update Web sites or blog frequently (at least once a day) are more likely to use digital cameras, camera phones and mobile devices. Active Web publishers, including bloggers, are using these devices to create multimedia content like digital photos, video or sound clips, and include them in their Web sites or blogs.
Selected results of the Tripod / Angelfire Member survey include:
- 68% own digital cameras and create and store digital photos online
- 24% own digital camcorders, 24% store digital video content online
- 24.8% own web enabled cell phones
- 34% use wireless devices to post content onto their websites or blogs
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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