Wednesday November 17, 1:37 pm Eastern Time

Company Press Release

WorldPages.com Uses xSides Technology To Provide Desktop Portal

One Of First To Deliver Directory & Other Content Through Interactive Desktop Portal

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 17, 1999-- WorldPages.com, the premier online directory serving both the U.S. and Canada, announced a partnership with xSides, an industry pioneer in technology development and design, to provide directory content for the xSides(TM) desktop portal.

xSides(TM) is a revolutionary new service that delivers consumers' favorite content and applications through a miniature portal on the desktop. xSides(TM) exists outside and independent of Microsoft's Windows(TM) operating system and organizes consumers' Internet applications through persistent presence on the screen. Through a relationship with WorldPages.com, xSides(TM) delivers business searches, people searches, international directories and other valuable content directly to consumers.

xSides(TM) is a patent-protected technology that opens new screen space on the desktop and appears as a rotating bar along the bottom edge of the computer screen. xSides(TM) allows WorldPages.com to deliver interactive services and personalized content directly to customers, thereby increasing Web site brand and visibility with important audiences. Because xSides(TM) resides outside and independent of the operating system, consumers can view their favorite Internet applications and continue working in any desktop application without disturbing the position and presence of xSides(TM). This convenience increases the frequency of visits to content providers' Web sites and results in longer session times for customers.

``This is a great opportunity to increase our distribution by delivering WorldPages.com directory services right from the desktop,'' said Rick Klein, President of WorldPages.com. ``xSides(TM) makes it convenient for our users to search listings for businesses and people at any time, regardless of whether they have an open browser window.''

xSides Technology -- Customization and Control

The xSides(TM) portal can be customized to include a user's favorite applications from the WorldPages.com Web site. WorldPages.com and other partners of xSides experience extensive branding and advertising opportunities through the portal and can deliver content and services to meet the needs of their specific audiences.

xSides(TM) is available through a quick, easy and free download at the following Web site:

  • WorldPages.com: http://www.worldpages.com/download.whtml

    About WorldPages.com

    WorldPages.com is your ultimate reference tool, helping you find the information you need. Our comprehensive, intuitive electronic directory lets you search across town or across the world for anyone, any place, any thing. Whatever you need you'll find it quickly and easily, within one of the largest searchable databases of any Internet directory today. PC Magazine named WorldPages.com one of the top 100 Web sites in January 1999. Through WorldPages.com, you have direct access to 117 million U.S. and Canadian white and yellow pages listings, 9 million email addresses, 30 million URLs, and links to over 350 directories worldwide.

    WorldPages.com has business partnerships with Excite (NASDAQ: ATHM - news), Lycos (NASDAQ: LCOS - news), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT - news), TMP Worldwide (NASDAQ: TMPW - news), ZDnet (NASDAQ: ZD - news) and other technology leaders. Among the company's sales partnerships are Advanced Communications Group, Inc. (NYSE: ADG - news), Haines Publishing, Inc. and National Directory Company. WorldPages.com/Web YP, Inc. has a definitive agreement to be acquired by Advanced Communications Group, Inc. subject to the approval of Advanced's shareholders. WorldPages.com/Web YP is based in San Francisco, California with production facilities in Amarillo, Texas.


    Contact:
         WorldPages.com
         Rick Klein, 415/782-6800
           or
         The KMC Group (for xSides)
         Denise Palmer, 425/450-9965
         denisep@kmcgroup.com