LYCOS AND NEOPLANET TEAM ON DESKTOP PORTAL
Lycos Enables Every Web Surfer to Take Control of the Web Experience with the Ultimate "Sticky Portal". NeoPlanet's 1.3 Million Users Directed to the Lycos Network
WALTHAM, Mass. and PHOENIX, Arizona, May 17, 1999 - Lycos, Inc. (NASDAQ:LCOS), the most visited hub on the Internet and the world's largest online community, and NeoPlanet, Inc., provider of the industry-leading NeoPlanet desktop portal, today announced the introduction of a complete browser/portal environment for consumers created through the integration of technology, content and services from the two companies.
Under the agreement, NeoPlanet will direct its 1.3 million users to the Lycos Network. Soon Lycos will launch several Lycos-branded versions of NeoPlanet, and distribute them across the Lycos Network to its nearly 32 million users.
The strategic alliance enables Lycos to position its portal services on the consumer's desktop via NeoPlanet's customizable browser interface and creates a truly sticky portal. By integrating Lycos' Web services with NeoPlanet's Web-browsing features, consumers can create the most highly personalized browsing experience on the Internet. NeoPlanet interfaces are available in dozens of different user styles which can be changed as often as a user wishes, to reflect their mood, a holiday theme, the season or even to reflect or change their environment.
"NeoPlanet has created one of the best browsing experiences on the Web, period! This tool harnesses the powerful technologies of Netscape and Microsoft's browsers, and allows the user to create an interface that reflects their personalities and interests," said Jeff Crown, Lycos vice president of corporate development. "This agreement is instrumental in Lycos' strategy to deliver a complete end-to-end Internet service, from user-controlled navigation, to highly targeted personalized content for our nearly 32 million users, and available to the entire 80+ million users on the Web."
The Lycos Network will create versions of the NeoPlanet desktop browser for Lycos, Wired Digital and Tripod for mass distribution among the individual properties, extending the reach of the personalized browser/portal. Additionally, working with NeoPlanet will provide a mechanism to aggregate content across the Lycos Network making it easier for users to experience the full breadth of Lycos Network services. The NeoPlanet interface and the linked Lycos pages create the most unique browser/portal distribution branding opportunity on the Internet today.
"This agreement gives consumers unprecedented control of their Internet environment, extending Lycos' industry-leading personalization services to the desktop, in a way that is faster, easier to use and fun," said Drew Cohen, CEO of NeoPlanet. "Aligning with Lycos allows NeoPlanet to leverage the reach of the Lycos Network and integrate Lycos' leading web based services, with NeoPlanet's desktop navigation tools and personalized browser."
Browser/Portal integration features include:
About Lycos, Inc.
© 1999 Lycos, Inc. - Lycos ® is a trademark of Carnegie Mellon University. NeoPlanet and the NeoPlanet logo are the registered trademarks of NeoPlanet, Inc. NeoPlanet, Inc. Patent Pending. All other product or service marks mentioned herein are those of Lycos or their respective owners. All rights reserved.