January 3, 2006

Dogpile.com Celebrates 10 Years of Search

Marks Its Own Success at Developing a Winning Combination and Shares Some of the Best and Worst Combinations Attempted in Recent History

BELLEVUE, Wash., Jan 03, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Dogpile.com, the search engine that combines the top results from all the leading search engines, is celebrating its 10th birthday today by looking back at some of the other best and worst combinations that people have attempted over the years. Sometimes these combinations work, and sometimes they go horribly wrong. Today Dogpile.com celebrates both.

Dogpile.com was humbly born on January 2, 1996 when its founders noticed that different search engines often return different results for the very same term. Following this discovery, Dogpile.com's innovative metasearch technology was created and has been pairing better results with savvy searchers ever since. Since then, Internet search has become the second most popular online activity, after e-mail, yet many people are still in the dark about the advantages of metasearch, prompting Dogpile.com to celebrate itself, along with a few other notable hits and misses.

Worst Combinations:
 
    --  Tom Cruise + Katie Holmes = TomKat
        Whether talking about TomKat or Bennifer, the trend of
        combining celebrity couples' names for ease of tabloiding is
        just plain out of control.
 
    --  Short On Top + Long In the Back = Mullet
        With no less than a hundred subsets, no list of bad
        combinations would be complete without the iconic mullet.
 
    --  Turkey + Duck + Chicken = Turducken
        This multi-bird roast combines a turkey stuffed with a duck,
        which itself is stuffed with a small chicken. In an age of
        higher health-consciousness, this triple meat combination is a
        pure artery clogger.
 
    --  Pickles + Chips = Pickle Sandwich
        This is a classic example of a food combination gone awry.
        Everyone has their personal favorite - think back to the
        school lunch, when the kid with the pickle sandwich always had
        trouble trading that with a lunch mate.
 
    Best Combinations:
 
    --  Spoon + Fork = Spork
        Since 1970 the spork has cut the need for school lunch
        utensils by half, affording both an economic and environmental
        friendly impact that can not be minimized. Best used for foods
        that can be eaten by either a fork or spoon, the spork is a
        cafeteria classic.
 
    --  Lion + Tiger = Liger
        A top combo hailed by an Indie film classic, or if for no
        other reason than the Liger's purported magical skills.
 
    --  Gas Engine + Electric Engine = Hybrid Engine
        For years, the internal combustion engine has become a major
        air polluter, but now we've learned to dramatically cut
        harmful emissions and price gouging at the pump with the fuel
        efficient hybrid engine.
 
    --  Google + Yahoo! Search + MSN Search + Ask = Dogpile.com
        Through this ingenious combination, Dogpile.com offers the
        most efficient way to find what you are looking for on the
        Internet. First page search results are largely different
        across all four top engines, which makes Dogpile.com home to
        some of the most relevant search results on the 'Net. Try a
        demo for yourself at: http://comparesearchengines.dogpile.com.

"There is a common belief that all search engines are the same, but research has shown each engine has its own unique view of the Internet and top results. By using a combination of all the best search engines, Dogpile.com provides a better way to find more of the web's top results," said Jon Nolz, Director of Marketing for Dogpile.com.

If you have your own suggestions about best and worst combinations, e-mail dogpile@webershandwick.com or visit http://BestCombinations.dogpile.com. Dogpile.com will compile all the best submissions and disclose the best (and worst!) entries at a later date.

About Dogpile.com®

Dogpile.com (www.dogpile.com), widely recognized as the best Web metasearch engine, makes it easy for users to search more of the Web by drawing together the best results from the most popular search engines. Dogpile.com is part of the InfoSpace Search & Directory family of Web search and online directory properties. These products bring people, information and businesses together online to help users find the information they need quickly and easily. InfoSpace Search & Directory is a business of InfoSpace, Inc. (Nasdaq:INSP).

About InfoSpace

InfoSpace, Inc. is a leading global provider and publisher of mobile content, products and services that enhance the wireless experience, making it easier for consumers to find and enjoy information, personalization and entertainment on the mobile phone. The company distributes its applications and services through mobile operators, including Cingular Wireless, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, Virgin Mobile, Vodafone, O2, Orange, 3, TIM and Telefonica Moviles. InfoSpace also uses its unique metasearch technology to power a portfolio of branded Web sites and provide private-label search and online directory services through Dogpile (www.dogpile.com), Switchboard (www.switchboard.com), WebCrawler (www.webcrawler.com), InfoSpace (www.Infospace.com), MetaCrawler (www.metacrawler.com) and WebFetch.com (www.webfetch.com). More information can be found at www.infospaceinc.com.

This release contains forward-looking statements regarding InfoSpace's Search & Directory business including the performance of its metasearch products and services. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Factors that could affect InfoSpace's actual results include actual performance of InfoSpace's metasearch products and services including Dogpile.com, the progress and costs of the development of our products and services, and the timing and extent of market acceptance of those products and services. A more detailed description of certain factors that could affect actual results include, but are not limited to, those discussed in InfoSpace's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on form 10-Q as filed from time to time, in the section entitled "Factors Affecting Our Operating Results, Business Prospects and Market Price of Stock." Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. InfoSpace undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
SOURCE: InfoSpace 

InfoSpace
Jeff Hasen, 425-201-8618
jeff.hasen@infospace.com
or
Weber Shandwick
Kryssa Guntrum, 212-445-8110
kryssa.guntrum@webershandwick.com
 
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