The Lycos 50 - Naruto the Next Dragonball?

Aug 16th 2005
NARUTO, THE NEXT DRAGONBALL?
LYCOS ANNOUNCES THIS WEEK'S MOST POPULAR WEB SEARCH TERMS
The Lycos 50 for Week Ending August 13, 2005

WALTHAM, Mass., Aug. 16 /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 13, 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 13, 2005:

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

Notes of Interest:

Nearly half of this week's searches for the War in Iraq (#50) are related to Cindy Sheehan, the mother who lost her son in the Iraq War last year. Sheehan, and a growing number of supporters, has stationed herself in front of President Bush's Crawford, Texas home, as a means of protesting the war. Sheehan's anti-war protest "sit-in" has caused a surge in search activity for Sheehan, whose searches are up 640 percent over last week. Meanwhile, news of the death of Peter Jennings (#11) pushes the former ABC News anchor to his first-ever appearance on The Lycos 50. Searches for Jennings rose an incredible 2,490 percent following his death. Additionally, searches for lung cancer rose 250 percent, while queries for ways to quit smoking also jumped 149 percent.

Other Notes of Interest:

Could the Japanese animation craze, Naruto (#40) be the next Dragon Ball (#3)? Naruto makes its debut on this week's Lycos 50 with a 1,400 percent jump in search activity. Naruto has a very cult-like fan base, and like many of the popular Japanese cartoons which have a strong web following, Naruto was recently purchased by the Cartoon Network and will air this fall during Adult Swim.

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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