LYCOS CLAIMS NUMBER TWO SPOT IN ONLINE COMMUNITIES WITH TRIPOD AND ANGELFIRE MEMBER SITES
Lycos Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary of Tripod, with Launch of Digital "Scrapbooking," Providing Photo Album, Blog and Printing Capabilities All in one Place on Tripod.com
WALTHAM, Mass.- July 20, 2005 - Lycos, Inc.(www.lycos.com), a leading provider of search, community and technology lifestyle destinations, today announced the following information from Tripod (www.tripod.com), the award-winning web publishing, hosting and blog destination in the Lycos Network of sites.
Celebrating its 10-year-anniversary, Tripod is one of the oldest and most popular web publishing and community sites on the internet. Angelfire, the sister site to Tripod, is the number one site within the Teens category for teens (ages 13-17) and tweens (ages 18-24), according to comScore Media Metrix. Tripod and Angelfire member sites combined account for more than 23 million monthly unique visitors, making Lycos the second most popular community destination on the web.
Lycos recently launched new blog and photo album lifestyle templates customized for parents and families on Tripod.com. Tripod blogs and photo albums are easily integrated, allowing members an instantaneous, interactive way to create digital scrapbooks, on-line journals, fitness diaries and more.
"We looked at the countless topics that our millions of members are blogging about, and found that parenting and fitness are two of the most popular blog topics of 2005," said Brian Kalinowski, Chief Content Officer for Lycos, Inc. "With the launch of our new baby and fitness blogs and photo albums on Tripod, anyone can create online journals and post photos from digital cameras and camera phones, quickly and easily. You can even invite friends and other family members to contribute, share and update content on a regular basis."
The baby-themed blog and photo album templates give parents a fast and easy way to showcase and share the precious first moments of their baby's life with family and friends, across town or across the country. The interactive nature of the Tripod blogs and photo albums allows visitors to post comments and to print professionally-finished photos from the albums.
Unlike other portal sites, Lycos is the only web destination to offer highly customizable blog, photo album, and photo printing capabilities all in one place on Tripod.com. Lycos does not require members or visitors to download additional programs or visit other partner sites to add photos, or audio and video clips. Photo printing is also now available through a new partnership with Shutterfly, Inc., the leading independent e-commerce company, specializing in digital photo products and services.
Recent Lycos initiatives also include marketing alliances with iVillage.com and the U.S. Army. Lycos has teamed with iVillage.com, a leading site for women on the internet, to promote customized lifestyle blog and photo album features, including baby and fitness blogs from Tripod's easy to use suite of web publishing tools.
Last month, to coincide with the U.S. Army's 230th birthday, Lycos launched Tripod for Troops (http://troops.tripod.com), designed to help soldiers feel one step closer to home and to serve as a destination where soldiers returning from war can continue to tell their stories. With Tripod for Troops, military families have access to military-themed blog and photo album templates to create online journals and post photos from digital cameras and camera phones.
- Lycos blog and photo album features on Tripod include: One-stop shopping: site building, blogs, photo albums, photo printing, domain names and email, available all in one place.
- Widest selection of blog and photo album templates with 72 photo album templates and more than 125 blog templates.
- Mobile posting features for both blogs and photo albums.
- Photo printing with Shutterfly.
- Lifestyle blog and photo album templates including new baby and fitness templates.
- Military-themed templates (http://troops.tripod.com).
- One of a kind writer's template and author's blog area (http://bookcult.tripod.com).
For 10 years, web builders have depended on Tripod for reliable hosting and easy web building solutions. Founded in 1995, Tripod.com is a leading provider of web hosting, publishing and domain name services. Tripod provides convenient, one-stop shopping with a full range of tools and services designed for web builders of all levels. In addition to state-of-the-art site-building tools, Tripod's award-winning Blog and Photo Album Builders allow members to quickly and easily publish their thoughts and pictures on the Web, from a desktop or wireless device, leaving their mark from anywhere.
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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