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Lycos Launches New Version of HotBot

Terra Lycos has announced the launch of an entirely new version of HotBot, featuring a new interface and many new customization features. HotBot has added Google and Teoma and now connects users conveniently to the four primary search catalogs on the Internet: Google, FAST, Inktomi, and Teoma. HotBot allows users to type in a search term once and then choose a search catalog. After reviewing the results, users can then retrieve the search results of any of the other search catalogs with just one click.

New features include the ability to build a custom home page that includes the advanced search filters the user designates, the ability to select how they want search results formatted and presented, and the ability to "skin HotBot" using cascading style sheets. The HotBot home page does not have any advertisements; contextual ads are presented on the results pages.

A representative from Lycos said that specialty catalogs, such as Google's News Search, were deliberately not included at launch to keep HotBot clean and simple, but that some might be added in the future. HotBot does not provide a simultaneous metasearch capability since this would remove control from the user.

Source: Terra Lycos

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