Valentine's Day Animated e-Cards and Love Spells Top List; Let Me Love You by Mario, Most-Searched Love-Related Song

Searches for Romantic Gifts for Him Outnumber Gifts for Her; Titanium Rings, Hottest Engagement Ring Trend

WALTHAM, Mass. - February 10, 2004 - Lycos, Inc. (, 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 most popular Valentine's Day-related searches based on The Lycos 50. The Lycos 50 ( is 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 top Valentine's Day searches of 2005, and for in-depth commentary of The Lycos 50 daily Report, go to

Valentine's Day searches have increased 172 percent over the past week. While Valentine's gifts for him made the top 10 list of most popular Valentine's Day-related searches, Valentine's gifts for her did not. In fact, searches for gifts for him are four times more popular than gifts for her. Meanwhile, diamond engagement rings always generate the most search activity online, but the hottest trend in wedding ring styles over this past year has been titanium rings. Gold-banded engagement rings are the least popular style of band online, and are as popular as searches for gold teeth.

"If web search activity is any indication, we are more romantic this Valentine's Day compared to last year," said Dean Tsouvalas, writer of The Lycos 50. "Over the past year, search activity for making love is up 140 percent, searches for love songs increased 50 percent and online interest in love letters jumped 60 percent."

"While searches for Cupid are down 10 percent this year, search activity for love spells has increased 550 percent, and tops this year's list of most popular love-related searches." Tsouvalas added. "Some of the most common love spell search queries include easy love spells, free love spells, spells to make him fall in love, love potions, binding love spells, and love spells that work."

The Lycos 50 Top 10 Valentine's Day Search Terms for 2005:

  1. Valentine's Day Animated e-cards
  2. Valentine Lingerie
  3. Valentine Clip Art
  4. Valentine's Day Flowers
  5. Valentine Star
  6. Valentine Chocolate
  7. Valentine's Day Gift Basket
  8. Valentine's Day Wear
  9. Valentine Gifts for Men
  10. Valentine's Day Greetings
The Lycos 50 Top 10 Love-Related Day Search Terms for 2005:
  1. Love Spells
  2. Love Tattoos
  3. Love Poems
  4. Love Horoscopes
  5. Love Quotes
  6. Love Calculator
  7. Love e-cards
  8. Love Songs
  9. Love Letters
  10. Love Psychics
The Lycos 50 Top 10 Love Songs for 2005:
  1. Let Me Love You - Mario
  2. What is Love? - Haddaway
  3. Tainted Love - Soft Cell
  4. This Love - Maroon 5
  5. Shake Your Love - Debbie Gibson
  6. Part Time Lover - Stevie Wonder
  7. Waiting for Love - Pink
  8. I Can't Make You Love Me - Britney Spears
  9. Dangerously in Love - Beyonce
  10. I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
The Lycos 50 Top 10 Engagement Ring Searches for 2005:
  1. Diamond Engagement Rings
  2. Engagement Rings
  3. Wedding Rings
  4. Titanium Wedding Rings
  5. Wedding Bands
  6. Tiffany Engagement Rings
  7. Platinum Engagement Rings
  8. Men's Wedding Rings
  9. Gold Engagement Rings
  10. Wedding Ring Sets

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, 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.

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Date: 2005-02-10