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InfoSpace release re-designed search comparison tool

09 March 2006, London, UK

InfoSpace releases re-designed WebFetch.com Search Comparison Tool with MSN additions

Search & Directory and Mobile Company InfoSpace releases re-designed WebFetch.com Search Comparison Tool with MSN additions


Search & Directory and Mobile Company InfoSpace, Inc. http://www.infospaceinc.com has released its re-designed WebFetch.com Search Comparison Tool to now incorporate MSN search.

The Search Comparison Tool http://comparesearchengines.webfetch.com that drives its results from WebFetch.com for the EU and UK compares search engine results from Ask, Google, MSN and Yahoo! from a microsite that allows searches to be undertaken and then compared. By bringing search results together in one resource, InfoSpace illustrates how WebFetch.com delivers the most relevant results on the Web.

Dominic Trigg, vice president at InfoSpace Search & Directory explains, “Only 1.1 percent of search results from the top four search engines (Ask, Google, MSN and Yahoo!) are the same. The WebFetch.com Search Comparison Tool shows what the different results are across these search engines and clearly explains their outcomes from searches. As a result of this, the tool demonstrates that business and consumer users can get more top results in one place using the WebFetch.com metasearch engine.”

The new design and improvements take the user through a Flash demonstration and allows them to make real-time searches displaying the results that have been returned by each search engine. The tool shows how many results appear on the first page of that search engine, how many results are completely unique to that search engine and then moves onto the next search engine to do the same.

Once the tool has returned results back from all of the search engines, it then shows the Web’s top results (using green buttons) and WebFetch.com’s top results (using orange buttons). By hovering over the green and orange buttons the user is able to see the origin of each search result and if desired enables them clickthrough to see those results in that search engine. There is also a blue button with a down arrow that may be clicked on to allow the user to switch the results of the engines so that they can see alternative views of the results and overlaps.

“The WebFetch.com Search Comparison Tool exemplifies how InfoSpace private labelled search can be used to increase loyalty and revenue across a business’ Websites by bringing more relevant results to their user-base from the top engines with just one click,” adds Trigg.

The WebFetch.com Search Comparison Tool can be added to Websites and Blogs from WebFetch.com for free at http://comparesearchengines.webfetch.com/blog.aspx, by simply adding a small HTML code into their Webpages. In addition to this there is a viral element to the tool that allows the user to send an invite to a friend to experience the benefits of metasearch and try the service.

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The media spokesperson for InfoSpace Europe, Search & Directory is Dominic Trigg, vice president.

About InfoSpace Search & Directory
http://www.infospaceinc.com/search

InfoSpace Search & Directory markets Web search and online directory products that help users find the information they need while creating revenue opportunities for merchants. InfoSpace Search & Directory operates a family of Internet properties that includes WebFetch (http://www.webfetch.com), Dogpile (http://www.dogpile.com), Switchboard (http://www.switchboard.com), WebCrawler (http://www.webcrawler.com), InfoSpace.com (http://www.infospace.com) and MetaCrawler (http://www.metacrawler.com). InfoSpace Search & Directory also powers Web search, along with online yellow and white pages, for a variety of Web sites. InfoSpace Search & Directory is a business of InfoSpace, Inc. (NASDAQ:INSP)

About InfoSpace
http://www.infospaceinc.com


InfoSpace, Inc. drives mobile media innovation. With one of the world’s largest mobile content libraries, InfoSpace makes it easy for consumers to discover, personalize and enjoy their on-the-go experiences. The company uses its superior merchandising and technology capabilities to facilitate the delivery of original and licensed content across hundreds of mobile devices and through multiple channels.

InfoSpace also mobilizes brands and creates programming and revenue opportunities for mobile operators. The company’s products and services have extensive reach in North America and Europe through carriers such as Cingular Wireless, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and Virgin Mobile; in partnership with world-class brands such as Cablevision and Fox News; and through online Web sites such as Dogpile (Dogpile.com), which showcase the company’s leading metasearch technology and key advertising partnerships with companies like Google, SuperPages, Verizon, Yahoo! and Yellowpages.com.

InfoSpace Inc. releases are located at http://investor.infospaceinc.com


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