Lycos still has a spark

Lycos, an early search engine and portal that seemed washed out a few years ago after buyouts and decline, may still have some life. There has been talk of a new “proprietary search product” in the coming year.

Remember Lycos? It’s planning a new search engine for launch in 2013 by Martin Bryant, The Next Web (Dec 27)

Its look today is  family friendly, even kid friendly. Personalize it, play games, check the weather – it seems like a nice, friendly place – complete with dog for logo (replacing the spider of years ago). Yahoo provides the web search results.

CEO Rob Balazy would only hint at what is to come in 2013  — “we have a vision to merge the notion of a search-type activity with a curated content experience.”

Lycos web search

Lycos web search results – Dec 2012

Lycos owns Tripod, another blast from the past, a space for people – novices – to build their websites at very low cost. This has been dressed up with Zeeblio, a front end to help in creating the site – proof that not everyone is leaping to wordpress.

Lycos is currently owned by Ybrant Digital, an Indian company  with offices in 20 countries.