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Portal Features Chart

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Several search services have added
"portal" features to transform themselves
into destinations, as opposed to transit
points. The chart below shows key
features that each service offers.

In each column, NO indicates if a
service doesn't offer a particular portal
feature. YES indicates that it does offer
a feature. Dates show when the feature
was launched.

Sometimes, the name of the company
that "powers" the feature is shown
instead of a YES. A date shows when
the feature was launched with that vendor.
Dates are in mm/dd/yy format.

If a company has changed vendors since
the feature was launched, previous vendors
are shown in parentheses. A date shows
when that partnership began.

Dates below the service name shows
when I last updated its information. The
? symbol denotes where I haven't
checked on offerings.

Also see the Portals page for articles
and resources relating to the "portal" nature
of many search services.

Service Personal
Service
E-Mail Chat Message
Boards
Paging Home Pages Internet
Access
Comm
unities
Slogan
AltaVista No Yes
iName
No No No No No No None
Excite My Excite
8/96
Yes
9/21/98
Software.com
-was-
7/21/97

WhoWhere
Yes Yes Yes
5/12/97
No AT&T
6/11/98
Yes
8/17/98
Are You Experienced?
HotBot No No No No No No ? No None
Infoseek No No Yes
10/20/97
No No Yes
6/11/98
AT&T
8/24/98
Expected
late 98
Once You Know,
You Know.
Lycos
(10/28/98)
Lycos
Personal
Guide
10/7/97
iName
10/7/97
Yes
10/7/97
Yes
10/7/97
No Tripod,
AngelFire

3.1 million
members
AT&T
7/21/98
No Your Personal Internet Guide
Snap My Snap
8/5/98
Expected
Fall 98
iName
? ? ? ? ? ? ?
WebCrawler See Excite Just what you're looking for.
Yahoo My Yahoo
7/15/96
Yes
10/8/97
(formerly
RocketMail)
Yes
1/7/97
(ichat)

Yes

Yes
3/9/98
Yes
1/5/98
GeoCities
AT&T
(MCI
3/16/98)
Yes
8/18/98
Do You Yahoo?


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