Lycos Sold For $36 Million

Lycos, that old search engine, was reportedly sold for $36 million. Ybrant Digital, an Indian-based digital marketing solutions company, bought Lycos from Korean-based Daum. Daum purchased Lycos back in 2004 for $95.4 million—and that was a mere fraction of the of the $12.5 billion Spanish telecom company Terra paid for Lycos at the peak of the dotcom madness in May 2000. Lycos claims it is still a major property, attracting 12 to 15 million monthly unique visitors in the United States, making it one of the top 25 Internet properties worldwide with 60 million unique global visi [...]

A Look Back At The Old Search Engines

The Six Revisions blog complied an excellent list of the classic search engines, some dating back to the 1990s. His list includes screen shots of both the old and current (if available) versions of HotBot, Excite, WebCrawler, Ask Jeeves,, Yahoo, Google, Dogpile, AltaVista, Lycos, MSN Search, Bing, AOL Search, Infoseek,, Netscape, MetaCrawler, and All The Web. Scrolling down the list and looking at some of those old screen shots bring back fun memories. Of course, there are many search engines missing, too many to list there or even here. But looking at the old screen capt [...]

Google Zeitgeist 2008 Live; Lycos Announces Top Searches of 2008

As a followup to the aggregate list of 2008's Top Search Terms from the major search engines, Google has officially released its 2008 Zeitgeist, or "spirit of the times" list, covering the most popular searches of the year.  This year's data includes a global look at the most popular search terms, gathering top 10 lists in 30 countries to give insight to search behavior around the world. YouTube, Facebook appear on many of the lists. Prior to releasing the full Zeitgeist for 2008, Google highlighted the fastest rising search terms of 2008, where Obama topped the list of U.S. based searches [...]

Top Searches At LYCOS In 2006

LYCOS sent me the top searches data from their database in 2006. Here it is: The LYCOS 50 Top 10 Search Terms for 2006 are: Poker MySpace RuneScape Pamela Anderson Paris Hilton Pokemon WWE Golf Spyware Britney Spears Here are some more top tens from LYCOS: Top 10 Women of 2006: 1) Pamela Anderson 6) Jessica Simpson 2) Paris Hilton 7) Hilary Duff 3) Britney Spears 8) Anna Kournikova 4) Lindsay Lohan 9) Carmen Electra 5) Jennifer Lopez 10) Angelina Jolie Top 10 Men [...]

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