It was launched using a "new links" strategy of marketing, claiming to update its search database more often than its competitors.It also offered free webpage hosting, but only for a short time, and it was taken down without any notice to its users.At the end of 2002 Hot Bot was relaunched as a multiple option search tool, giving users the option to search either the FAST, Google, Inktomi or Teoma databases.Up to 2011, the Hot Bot website was merely a front end for three third-party search engines (Yahoo.com, MSN, and ly Go.com).
In the beta, Hot Bot became a portal, returning not just web search results, but also searches from various Lycos websites, such as News, Shopping and Weather Zombie.
Half-caf, decaf, half double decaf with a twist a lemon and a pump of pumpkin spice - we can’t keep all these coffee trends straight.
What happened to just a regular old triple tall white chocolate mocha with six pumps of chai?
In early 2004, Lycos launched a beta release of a free toolbar search product, Lycos Hot Bot Desk Top, which the company said was "the first product to integrate traditional desktop search with Web search within the browser." The Hot Bot Desk Top could search the Internet using Inktomi, e-mail folders for Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express, and user documents stored on a hard drive.
It also incorporated a blocker for pop-up ads and an RSS News Reader syndication.