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Lycos for sale
Boston Globe article

Msg#: 402 posted 4:19 pm on Apr 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

Among prospective buyers to whom Lycos is being shopped are several West Coast search companies, including Google Inc., Yahoo Inc., and Ask Jeeves Inc.




Msg#: 402 posted 4:49 pm on Apr 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

My feeling is Lycos, Excite, iWon and AskJ are the perfect combo. It would be the consolidation of the entire second tier. I think they would be able to compete with the big boys. Lycos would be insignificant for Google or Yahoo. For AskJ it would be major.


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Msg#: 402 posted 4:52 pm on Apr 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

I don't think it will make one damned bit of difference, my friend. At this point, I'm seeing Netscape, Earthlink, Overture (direct), Dogpile, and Altavista in front of Lycos.



Msg#: 402 posted 6:01 pm on Apr 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

Look at Comscore March numbers though

7. Terra Lycos 37,339,000 users

I am thinking this could be huge distribution potential for Teoma.


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Msg#: 402 posted 6:25 pm on Apr 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

7. Terra Lycos 37,339,000 users

Now are they seling just the search side? Or the entire terra lycos network? I think the 37,339,000 is for the entire network which consists of junk like wired magazine, dating sites, and all sorts of intresting stuff...


But if thats just for search then I guess it might be intresting to see who buys it.


Msg#: 402 posted 12:05 am on May 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

They are selling all the US assets from what I have read. I just think if you put the whole second tier of the portal and search business together (Jeeves, Lycos, Excite and iWon) and you have a powerhouse 2 or 3 years down the road that could compete with Google or Yahoo. Jeeves has the technology (Teoma) and Lycos, iWon and Excite (also MyWay/MySearch) have a ton of distribution. I like rooting for the underdogs. I hope Jeeves nabs Lycos. Google was an underdog a few years back. Beauty of the internet. Companies can come out of nowhere and compete with Yahoo.


Msg#: 402 posted 12:30 am on May 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

Anybody hearing any news on Lycos? Jeeves closed the ISH deal last week. Lycos would fit perfectly with Jeeves new multi-portal strategy.


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Msg#: 402 posted 3:00 am on May 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

I agree that Google or Yahoo wouldn't have anything to do with Lycos. But AskJeeves purchasing Lycos, I don't think so. Lycos was a big name years ago - now it's not. I mean the homepage has a link a porn website....


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Msg#: 402 posted 3:31 am on May 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

They also started sending out SPAM about a month or so ago. Because I use their free web page deal 3 years ago, they sent me SPAM and said to stop the spam login to my profile. To get the SPAM turned off, I had to give them a bunch more personal information. So instead, I filled a SPAMCOP and a UCE@FTC.GOV for what that was worth.


Msg#: 402 posted 3:50 am on May 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

Lycos has portal traffic. ISH is an expert in building portals - iWon, Excite, MyWay. MyWay claimed on their website that they were profitable first month of operations. The Lycos fit is perfect for a multi-portal strategy which seems to be the direction Jeeves is heading.


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Msg#: 402 posted 7:08 pm on May 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

ISH Is expert in building portals. Give me a break. They purchased Excite for only $9 Million. They Pay their users on IWon, and they distribute AdWare to consumers for MyWay, MySearch, and MyWebSearch. So please give me a break.

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