Build a Planet on Lycos, and You Could Win an Xbox 360 Or iPod Nano

WALTHAM, Mass.- Nov. 22, 2005 - Lycos, Inc.(, a media destination for creators and consumers of quality content, today announced its sixth annual Lycos 50 list of the most popular toys and video games this holiday season, based on web search activity. In conjunction with today's list, for the first time ever, Lycos has launched its Wish & Win Holiday Sweepstakes, giving anyone a chance to win the hottest techno toys on the 2005 list.

Since 1999, Lycos has been tracking the most popular toys and games people search for during the holiday shopping season. Now, Lycos gives web users the opportunity to wish and win the hottest items of 2005. Users who register for Lycos Planet ( in one of five weekly sweepstakes between November 22 and December 31, create a Planet on Lycos, and generate a wish list on the MyTV player, will be entered to win one of the following weekly prizes:

1st Prize (1): Xbox 360 & 4 games ($599 value/prize)
2nd Prize (5): Apple iPod Nano ($250 value/prize)
3rd Prize (10): Kodak Digital Cameras ($160 value/prize)

Eligible participants could also win the Grand Prize at the end of the sweepstakes, a Sharp 32in Widescreen LCD TV, valued at $1,350. For complete information on contest rules and details, go to

Unlike social networking sites that provide only text-based profiles and limited communication features, Planet provides millions of users interactive, multimedia tools giving creators more expression, and viewers more opportunity to see unique user-generated content. Since the launch of Planet last month, one Planet is currently being created every 30 seconds on Lycos in the U.S.

For a complete list of The Lycos 50 top toys and video games this holiday season, based on web search activity, go to

The Top 10 Most-Searched Toys this holiday season:
1) Poker 6) Harry Potter
2) Playstation 7) BlackJack
3) iPod 8) Barbie
4) Neopets 9) Nintendo
5) Xbox 10) SpongeBob SquarePants

The Top 10 Most-Searched Video Games this holiday season:
1) RuneScape 6) The Sims 2
2) Dragonball Z Budokai 7) Grand Theft Auto
3) Naruto 8) Warcraft III
4) Final Fantasy VII 9) Gundam
5) Inuyasha - Fuedal Combat 10) Diablo II

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: 2005-11-22