Anime Dominates Lycos Top 10

Aug 9th 2005
Lycos Announces This Week's Most Popular Web Search Terms

Tuesday August 9, 7:00 am ET

Anime Dominates This Week's Top 10 List
Halloween Makes Its Earliest Appearance Ever With Web Users
The Lycos 50 for Week Ending August 6, 2005


WALTHAM, Mass., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Lycos, Inc.(http://www.lycos.com), a leading provider of search, community and technology lifestyle destinations, today announced the following information from The Lycos 50(TM), the 50 most popular Internet search results for the week ending August 6, 2005. For a complete list of The Lycos 50(TM) and for in-depth text of The Lycos 50 Daily Report, go to http://50.lycos.com. Readers of The Lycos 50 can also share their thoughts on Internet trends and pop culture on The Lycos 50 Blog located at http://lycos50.tripod.com/blog/.

The Lycos 50(TM) Top 10 Search Terms for the Week Ending August 6, 2005:

1) Britney Spears
2) Pamela Anderson
3) Neopets
4) Dragon Ball
5) Jessica Simpson
6) Poker
7) Paris Hilton
8) Pokémon
9) Inuyasha
10) WWE

Notes of Interest:
Anime terms take over four of the top 10 spots on this week's Lycos 50, including Neopets (#3), the popular virtual pet site, which reached its highest rank ever with web users following news that the Neopets franchise was recently purchased by MTV. Neopets have also surfaced in the McDonald's Happy Meals. Just behind Neopets are weekly web favorites, Dragon Ball (#4) and Pokémon (#8), while Japanese anime cartoon female heroine, Inuyasha (#9), jumps into the top 10. Meanwhile, five years ago this week, Britney Spears hit number one on The Lycos 50 for the first time ever, and today Britney Spears (#1) once again reigns supreme among web users.

Other Notes of Interest:

Making its entrance earlier than ever before in the history of The Lycos 50, Halloween (#37) spooks web users with a 134 percent increase in search activity. The top five Halloween-related searches this week include: Halloween, Halloween Costumes, Halloween Black Angel Wings, Pumpkin Head Halloween Mask and Halloween clip art. If search activity is any indication, it appears the most popular Halloween costumes this year will be based on characters like Willy Wonka or the Oompa Loompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Fantastic Four, Batman and Harry Potters, plus some traditional characters from Star Wars.

About Lycos, Inc.

Lycos, Inc. (http://www.lycos.com) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Daum Communications Corp., a leading Internet portal and e-commerce destination in Korea with a growing presence throughout the Asian markets. Lycos, Inc. creates and operates search, community and technology lifestyle sites including Lycos.com, Hotbot.com, Wired.com, Tripod.com, Angelfire.com and Quote.com. Other Lycos products and sites include Lycos Mail, Gamesville and GetRelevant. Lycos was acquired by Korean Daum Communications Corp. in October 2004 and has its U.S. headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts. Daum Communications Corp. is traded on the KOSDAQ: 035720, http://www.daum.net.

Lycos® is a registered trademark of Carnegie Mellon University. All other product or service marks mentioned herein are those of Daum Communications Corp., Lycos, Inc. or their respective owners. All rights reserved.

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