About up, Lycos down

Ah, the times a changin’!

Following a facelift, About.com relaunched. What used to a be a decent human-edited directory of unique content is more and more driven by ads which are quite intrusive. So, while the site is up, I give it a thumb or two down.

Lycos, the former king of portal acquisition (It bought HotBot, Wired, etc. in the end of the last century), is not for sale. The likely buyer? This is my speculation, but after AskJeeves’ purchase of the Interactive Search properties in March, it seems another fit in their strategy of expanding marketshare for their sponsored search results. Stay tuned…