Wired News receives six Maggie Awards nominations and two wins for Online Journalistic Excellence

WALTHAM, Mass.-May 11, 2005 - Lycos, Inc.(www.lycos.com), a leading provider of search, community and technology lifestyle destinations, today announced the following information from Wired News (www.wired.com), an award-winning source of exclusive, original news chronicling the impact of technology, science and the internet on business, politics, culture and people's daily lives. Wired News has appointed Evan Hansen as the site's new editor in chief. Hansen comes to Wired News from CNET News.com, where he was responsible for overseeing all digital media, internet policy, telecommunications and consumer technology coverage for the site. His work has been recognized in numerous awards, including honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, Columbia School of Journalism and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Additionally, Wired News named Paul Van de Kamp as its new national sales director. Van de Kamp was most recently VP of national sales for LA.com, a Gannet publication. Previously, he was senior director at Overture and western regional manager at ESPN.com. "The addition of Evan and Paul to our team is significant as we continue to expand on Wired News' position as a leading online destination," said Alison Macondray, general manager of Wired News. "Evan brings excellent journalism skills, a broad understanding of our subject matter and proven leadership to our newsroom. Likewise, Paul brings broad industry knowledge of online advertising, from brand advertising to search, and will leverage our brand equity to its full potential." Wired News has also made two other recent additions to its editorial staff. Mark McClusky has joined as Wired News' new games editor. McClusky comes to Wired News most recently from Mobile Magazine, where he was an associate editor. Previously McClusky was director of live operations and editor in chief of EA.com, as well as a reporter and editor at Sports Illustrated. Kevin Poulsen also joins the site's staff as a senior reporter. A recognized expert in computer security and electronic privacy, Poulsen was previously news editor at SecurityFocus.com. Wired News' recent hires place an emphasis on quality content and expert sales support, at a time when the online publishing industry is coming into its own. According to a recent Forrester research survey, total U.S. online advertising and marketing spending will reach $14.7 billion in 2005, a 23 percent increase over 2004. Further, 84 percent of marketers plan to increase their online ad budgets in 2005. Forrester forecasts this trend to continue, with a projected $26 billion spent in online marketing by 2010. As readers shift to the web from traditional news venues such as newspapers and television, Wired News is solidifying its position as a trusted, quality information source. Recently, the site added to its growing list of peer-reviewed honors, receiving two Maggie Awards at the Western Publications Association's 54th Annual Maggie Awards, announced April 22 in Los Angeles. The site won in the Best Article/Consumer category for its March 29 article "How E-Voting Threatens Democracy," by Wired News senior reporter Kim Zetter. Wired News also won for Best Regularly Featured Web Column in the consumer category for its Sex Drive column, written by Wired News correspondent Regina Lynn. Also nominated in this category was the Media Hack column by correspondent Adam Penenberg. The site is also a 2005 finalist for both a Webby Award for best news site and an IRE Award for investigative journalism.

About Wired News

Wired News (www.wired.com) is a leader in online journalism, providing a daily source of exclusive, original news, features and commentary on the impact of technology, science and the internet on business, politics, culture and people's daily lives. The site has been nominated 23 times for online journalism awards and has won numerous awards, including the 2004 IRE Award for investigative journalism and the 2003 People's Choice Webby award for overall excellence. The site was also honored in MediaPosts's 2005 Top 45 Best of the Web, as well as PC Magazine's 2004 "Top Websites You Didn't Know You Couldn't Live Without." Wired News is also the online home of WIRED Magazine, which just won the 2005 National Magazine Award.

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.


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Date: 2005-05-11