Lycos Announces Webon, The First User-Extensible Publishing Platform

2008-07-15 06:55:00

   Rich Internet Application Supports OpenSocial API, Lets Anyone Create

                    Dynamic, Interactive Social Websites



    WALTHAM, Mass., July 15 /EMWPresswire/ -- Lycos, Inc.

(http://www.lycos.com), a leading provider of social publishing, media and

search services, announces its new Webon publishing platform. With Webon

(http://www.webon.com), users can easily create dynamic, stylish,

interactive websites using an intuitive drag-and-drop interface with

familiar word processor-like text editing. Webon is also the first platform

allowing users to customize and extend publishing options by creating

styles and social gadgets other builders can use.



    Built with network-awareness in mind, Webon's use of open standards

enables users to take advantage of existing social networks, blogs and

other web services. Sites built with Webon automatically include support

for the following:



    - OpenSocial-compatible add-ons and gadgets, including those created by

other users



    - Profiles with Activity Streams that let visitors track site updates



    - OpenID for blog and photo album comments, allowing visitors to

interact using the identities they've worked hard to establish



    - Participation in the blogosphere through RSS, Pinging and Trackback



    Webon is the latest example of Lycos's continued push into community-

focused innovation, following on the heels of the newly relaunched Lycos

Cinema (http://www.cinema.lycos.com) and Gamesville

(http://www.gamesville.com) communities.



    "Webon is designed for mass market consumers, giving them the ability

to create dynamic, social sites that can be extended by the community,

adding value to their existing social space," said Don Kosak, Chief

Technology Officer for Lycos, Inc. "People don't want to abandon the

investment they've made establishing their identity and network of friends,

and Webon's use of open standards preserves that investment and adds depth

to their web presence."



    Webon automatically manages the most difficult aspects of dynamic site

building, putting builders back in charge, giving them full control of

their content without the need for HTML.




Webon features allow builders to: - create a site without registering - jump-start the site creation process with kits for many common uses - flip between styles and see the effect on content immediately - fully integrate blogs and photo albums - easily add widgets from other sites - save changes automatically and back-ups are taken whenever sites are published - create multiple sites with the same account, and hosted without ads Additionally, Webon's drag-and-drop editor supports resizable photos and rich text. Builders can easily add photos from their computer or input from familiar photo sites and drag-and-drop with ease. The new Webon service is advertising-free and free to publish. Builders are only asked to register once they elect to publish their sites. Additionally, Webon offers a monthly subscription plan which includes a domain name, unlimited photo storage and upcoming benefits including video support.

    About Lycos, Inc.



    Lycos, Inc. operates search and technology web sites that foster online

communities, including the new Lycos Cinema community, bringing people

together one flick at a time. Other Lycos products and sites include

Lycos.com, Hotbot.com, Tripod.com, Angelfire.com, Gamesville.com, Lycos

Mail, Webon, WhoWhere.com and The Lycos 50(TM). 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 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(R) is a registered trademark of Lycos, Inc. 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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