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February 25, 2002 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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FAST, Lycos Offer Co-Branded Service

Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), a developer of search and real-time alert technologies, has announced the launch of FAST PartnerSite, an integrated search-engine-submission and hosted-site search service for Web sites. FAST and Terra Lycos have also announced that Lycos will be the first portal distributor in the U.S. to offer FAST PartnerSite via the new co-branded Lycos InSite service (http://search.lycos.com/searchservices). FAST has chosen not to market PartnerSite directly but to rely on channel partners.

Lycos InSite consists of two service options. Lycos InSite Select lets Web site owners submit their sites to Lycos for guaranteed inclusion in the Lycos (FAST) Web index within 48 hours. The cost starts at $30 a year ($18 membership plus $12 per URL). Lycos InSite Pro offers both paid inclusion and hosted site search, giving Web site owners access to Lycos' search functionality within their sites. The cost is $189 per month for up to 250 Web pages; $279 per month for 251 to 500 pages.

Powered by FAST, Lycos InSite differentiates itself from other paid search services by listing only the most relevant results first, according to the announcement. Since Lycos InSite guarantees inclusion and not placement or rankings, search result relevancy is not compromised. The service also guarantees that FAST's crawler will re-index Lycos InSite results every 48 hours, thus ensuring that the freshest content is available for Web and site searches.

To learn more about FAST PartnerSite or to register as a user, go to http://www.fastsearch.com/partnersite. Users can also register via FAST's search engine AllTheWeb (http://www.alltheweb.com).
 
Terra Lycos is a global Internet network that operates in 43 countries in 20 languages. Created by the combination of Terra Networks, S.A. and Lycos, Inc. in October 2000, Terra Lycos is reportedly one of the most popular Internet networks in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, and is the largest Internet access provider in Spain and Latin America.

Sources: FAST and Terra Lycos



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