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Lycos, Early Search Engine, in a U.S. Remake as Jubii

Bertelsmann /Telefónica-owned service to launch using danish search brand

     
11:45 am on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

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from nytimes [nytimes.com]:
After barely surviving the early years of the Internet — often called Web 1.0 — Lycos Europe is hoping to ride the wave of Web 2.0 with Jubii, which combines search, e-mail, chat, photo and file storage, phone texting, blogging, Internet phoning and other services that are increasingly popular with young Internet users. The company expects to introduce Jubii officially this month.

Lycos Europe is also forging ahead under its own name as a leading chat service and Internet portal in Europe. [...]

A separate entity, Lycos Inc., which was purchased by Daum Communications of South Korea, owns the Lycos trademark in the United States, so the European portal cannot trade on its name there.

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So when are they going to get sued by Nintentdo for practically copying the Nintentdo Wii logo?
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Get it together – get Jubii!

Email, chat, Voice over IP, uploading and sharing of files – Jubii has it all. Sign up now and get 10 GB of free storage – for a limited time only!

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Pumping money into a dead horse
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The Lycos version of Jubii seems to be something entirely different from the Danish version, which is a traditional portal today. It's the second largest "dot-dk" site, or possibly number three if you count google.dk as "dot-dk". It started as the Danish version of Yahoo! many years ago (The expression "jubii" even means "yahoo" in Danish).

This seems more like a communications tool. Personally I think a "tool based" approach has a much higher chance of getting critical mass than a portal.

I'm curious, though:

How do you pronounce "Jubii" in the US? As "You bee"? Or as "You bye"? Or something else?

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I'm curious, though:

How do you pronounce "Jubii" in the US? As "You bee"? Or as "You bye"? Or something else?

no clues on the site or the blog.
personally, i'm going with a stressed first syllable, soft j "joo bee" until i am convinced otherwise...

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registered just to check it out...

and OMG is it slllllooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

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Potentially it sounds like a good idea. But the visuals are so stereotypically "Web 2.0" that it's painful. Is this all we have to look forward to? Are web-based visual designs going to gradually converge until each website becomes nearly indistinguishable from the next?

Please, someone, inject some spice into new-generation graphical web designs before we are all subjected to an endless webscape of visual monotony.

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Good one Ronin!

Whoever did this site and concept comes 10 years late.

This trailer massage is made for freshest newbies whilst web 2.0 is more for those with a bit of experience who will burst out laughing when watching that outdated presentation.

 

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