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
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.
Rick Klein, 415/782-6800
The KMC Group (for xSides)
Denise Palmer, 425/450-9965