Lycos dating search
But Lycos's Degenhart said that site upgrades should make a difference to daters.
"We spoke with many customers who experimented with online dating and gave up," Degenhart said.
The remaining Terra half was reacquired by Telefónica.
Under new ownership, Lycos began to refocus its strategy.
In July 2006, Wired News, which had been part of Lycos since the purchase of Wired Digital in 1998, was sold In February 2007, Lycos MIX was launched, allowing users to pull video clips from You Tube, Google Video, Yahoo! Lycos MIX also allowed users to create playlists where other users could add video comments and chat in real-time.
As part of a corporate restructuring to focus on mobile, social networks and location-based services, Daum sold Lycos for million in August 2010 to Ybrant Digital, an Internet marketing company based in Hyderabad, India.
The company is based in Waltham, Massachusetts, and is currently a subsidiary of Kakao.
Lycos is a university spin-off that began as a research project by Michael Loren Mauldin of Carnegie Mellon University's main Pittsburgh campus in May 1994. was formed with approximately US million in venture capital funding from CMGI.
Lycos enjoyed several years of growth during the 1990s and became the most visited online destination in the world in 1999, with a global presence in more than 40 countries.
Lycos, a subsidiary of South Korean Web portal operator Daum Communications Corp., hopes the offering will rev up an online dating market that has seen growth slump in the last year.
The online personals industry grew 73 percent in 2002 and 77 percent in 2003, but in 2004 the market only grew by 19 percent, according to a Jupiter Research report released earlier this month.
"Now, as the industry improves its models, these customers say they're willing to give it another go." After a user runs a query, Lycos Dating Search returns portions of the profiles it finds.
To read the full profile, users can click on the search result, which takes them to the original dating site.
Degenhart said Lycos was interested in doing away with this hurdle for users, but would not go into specifics.