DATAMUSE TO PROVIDE RHYMEZONE CONTENT TO LYCOS ZONE
Kids, Parents and Teachers Now Have Access to Fun,
Educational Rhyming Dictionary and Thesaurus
NEWTON, Mass. - June 7, 2000 - Datamuse, a venture dedicated to the
innovative exploration of data, today announced an exclusive licensing
agreement with Lycos, Inc., the Internet's leading multi-brand
network. Datamuse will provide its RhymeZone content to Lycos Network
users within a cobranded site on the Lycos kids channel, LycosZone
(http://www.lycoszone.com). The new co-branded site is now available at http://rhyme.lycos.com.
RhymeZone functions as a rhyming dictionary, thesaurus, spell checker
and word-finding tool. LycosZone users can access RhymeZone to help
write poetry, song lyrics, greeting cards, and more; to find
relationships between words and phrases; to check the spelling of
words; and to help find kid-friendly pictures and other multimedia
items related to any concept.
Under the terms of the agreement, Datamuse will provide RhymeZone
exclusively to Lycos for a two-year period. Current RhymeZone users
will benefit from an increased level of reliability and support, while
current LycosZone users will benefit from integrated access to a
comprehensive tool for improving their creative writing efforts.
"RhymeZone is a great way to get the Web's youngest users interested
in words while having fun at the same time," said Jane Emerson,
director of the kids channel for Lycos. "We strive to add premier
quality content like RhymeZone, in Lycos Zone, helping to make it one
of the best sites on the Web for kids, parents and teachers."
"We aspire to make RhymeZone the premier search engine for words,"
said Rob Raisch, CEO of Datamuse. "Using a combination of RhymeZone's
lookup features, our users can explore the dimensions of sound and
meaning that make language so rich and so exciting."
RhymeZone has been serving the creative needs of its growing user base
since January, 1996, when it was introduced online as "The Semantic
Rhyming Dictionary". It was then the first online rhyming dictionary,
and today remains one of the most popular and most comprehensive word
finding resources for writers of all kinds.
Founded in 1995, Lycos, Inc. is a leading Web media company and owner
of the Lycos Network, one of the most visited hubs on the Internet
reaching nearly one out of every two U.S. Web users. The Lycos
Network is a unified set of Web sites, attracting a diverse audience
by offering a variety of services, including leading Web search and
navigation resources; Web community and communications services
including free homepage building, free Web-based e-mail, clubs, chat,
instant messaging; a personalized My Lycos start page; a comprehensive
shopping center featuring more than 2,400 merchants; and an assortment
of compelling content such as games, music, news, fun and educational
information and activities for kids as well as information about
investing, technology, entertainment, sports, small business, travel
and more. The Lycos Network is composed of Lycos.com, Tripod,
WhoWhere, Angelfire, MailCity, HotBot, HotWired, Wired News,
Webmonkey, Suck.com, Sonique, Quote, Gamesville and Lycos
Zone. Headquartered near Boston in Waltham, Mass., Lycos, Inc. is a
global Internet leader with a major presence throughout the U.S.,
Europe, Asia and Latin America.
On May 16, Lycos, Inc. entered into a definitive agreement with Terra
Networks, S.A. (MC: TRR; NASDAQ: TRRA), a global Internet company and
the leading provider of Internet access and interactive content and
services to the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world, under which
Terra will acquire Lycos in a stock-for-stock transaction. Upon
completion of the transaction, Lycos shareholders will own
approximately 37% to 46% of the new company, Terra Lycos. The
formation of Terra Lycos is subject to shareholder and regulatory
Privately held and based outside of Boston, Massachussets, Datamuse
Corporation (http://www.datamuse.com) provides its customers with
tools and information resources that enrich, inspire, and entertain,
by applying innovative datamining and presentation techniques to large
sets of data.
(C) 2000 Lycos, Inc. - Lycos. is a registered trademark of Carnegie
Mellon University. All other product or service marks mentioned
herein are those of Lycos or their respective owners. All rights
Contact: Rob Raisch, Datamuse, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy O'Reilly, Lycos, 781-370-3454, email@example.com