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Lycos Europe Plans To Sell Assets and Close

     
6:06 pm on Dec 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Lycos Europe Plans To Sell Assets [reuters.com]and Close
Loss-making Lycos Europe plans to sell some of its assets and close the rest after failing to find an investor, the company said on Wednesday.
The Lycos Europe move, which needs to be approved by shareholders at a meeting on December 12, is the result of a strategic review begun earlier this year.
10:39 am on Dec 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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This is going to affect their hosting customers early next year: [webhosting.lycos.co.uk...]

We expect the service to be closed not until the first quarter of 2009.
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Hard to believe now, but in the early days of the dot-com boom (pre-Google), Lycos was viewed as a powerhouse in the league of Yahoo. Not sure what happened.
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Will also affect all those contacted by Reach Global for their rip off fixed annual charge advertising for a keyword...

Lycos has been dead in UK for years... pile of rubbish so good riddance.

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they should have kept running that commercial with the dog
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Lycos lost the SE game.
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Lycos found somethign that worked in the ninties, their problem was, they never evolved and are still tryign the same stuff today, whereas the other players shot ahead. Sad to see it go, but in its current state.. its probably for the best.

Mack.

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Lycos found somethign that worked in the ninties, their problem was, they never evolved and are still tryign the same stuff today, whereas the other players shot ahead. Sad to see it go, but in its current state.. its probably for the best.

Have to fully agree Mack, still it's a bit of nostalgia.

Given the speed of evolution of the internet it seems like 200 years ago.

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RIP Euro-Lycos, I can't say I've used any of your services in a decade so I'd be lying if I said I'd miss you. If it's any consolation other companies might learn not to sit on their past success from you for fear of missing the variety still to come.
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Surprised it lasted that long. Lycos Japan [webmasterworld.com] faded away several years ago.
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Definitely nostalgia here... I remember well when being ranked well on Lycos was just as important as being ranked well on Infoseek, Alta Vista, etc...

Those were the days... <sigh>

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The news here in Denmark have been talking about a new owner for the now faded Jubii.dk which was The powerhouse of search years ago. In fact their brand was the most recognized in a study long ago. That has certainly passed and now they're on 15 employees down from 100+ when is was huge.

Oh the money lost on that adventure for Lycos.

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Maybe I'm the only one left but I actually do use Lycos webhosting for my small sideline sites!

Noticed the email about this in my inbox the other day, it's a bit of a pain but it seemed to imply that we will be transferred/encouraged over to another company (I forget which), hopefully quite painlessly!

And unless they are terrible or really expensive I'll probably stick with them as I'm lazy and don't really want to have to do anything much regarding these sites!

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Lycos Europe Killing Tripod, Customers Warned To Back Up [paidcontent.co.uk]

Lycos Europe, which is liquidating the majority of the business after failing to find a buyer, is shutting down its Tripod free web hosting business - and is warning users to back up now or face losing their websites. The failed portal e-mailed users on Saturday to say it is terminating Tripod accounts from February 15, after which accounts will be deleted along with all pages stored on them...

6:32 pm on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Killing Tripod will put a bit of a dark space in the older web.

Hard to believe now, but in the early days of the dot-com boom (pre-Google), Lycos was viewed as a powerhouse in the league of Yahoo. Not sure what happened.
. Failure to adapt. Failure to manage. Failure to monetise. It was really that simple.

Regards...jmcc

4:51 pm on Mar 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Good point jmcc - Altavista comes to mind.