Today, Salon.com (Nasdaq: SALN) (http://www.salon.com), a premiere Internet media company, announced an agreement with EarthLink, (Nasdaq: ELNK) the nation's second largest Internet service provider, to provide its award-winning original content to millions of EarthLink members. The content will be available via the EarthLink Personal Start Page(SM) (PSP), a members-only portal that offers customizable news, information, shopping and other services.
The EarthLink PSP serves as a gateway to EarthLink's Internet services and as a comprehensive content portal with headlines from leading news, sports and health sites. Under the agreement, the EarthLink PSP will feature three-to-five daily headlines from a number of sites on the Salon.com Web network, including News, Politics2000, Technology, Arts & Entertainment, and Health. Each headline will take EarthLink members to a customized co-branded content page on Salon.com.
"EarthLink is committed to providing our members with the best content on the Web today," said Howard Lefkowitz, vice president of business development at EarthLink. "With its reputation for great writing, thought-provoking commentary and breaking news, Salon.com is a natural fit for the EarthLink PSP."
"We are delighted to be partnering with one of the world's leading Internet service providers, and to distribute Salon.com's intelligent content to millions of new users," said Michael O'Donnell, Salon.com CEO and president."
EarthLink's Premier Partner program pairs best-of-breed Internet brands with EarthLink's award-winning Internet service. EarthLink Web properties -- such as the Personal Start Page(SM) member portal, The Mall and the Finance Center -- offer a variety of content and services ranging from customized news, entertainment and financial content, to Web-based tools and commerce opportunities. EarthLink's Web properties rank among the top 25 most visited Web sites in the world, as reported by Nielsen ratings. According to Media Metrix's March 2000 ranking of Internet service providers, EarthLink's Web properties attract the most Web traffic by unique visitors among all Internet service providers, with visitors spending an average of 23.5 minutes per day and an aggregated 123 minutes per month on EarthLink sites.
EarthLink is one of the world's leading Internet service providers, bringing the magic of the Internet to more than 3.5 million individuals and businesses every day. Headquartered in Atlanta, EarthLink provides a full range of innovative access, hosting and e-commerce solutions to thousands of communities internationally from more than 5,000 points of presence. EarthLink is committed to doing an exceptional job of pleasing its customers, shareholders and the community by following the company's Core Values and Beliefs. Information about EarthLink and EarthLink Sprint services is available by calling 800-395-8425 and through EarthLink's Web site at: http://www.earthlink.net .
ABOUT SALON.COM: Salon.com (http://www.salon.com), founded in 1995 by David Talbot, is an Internet media company that produces a network of 12 award-winning, original content sites, maintains Salon Shop, an e-commerce gateway, and hosts two communities -- Table Talk and The WELL. In May 2000, Salon acquired MP3Lit.com, the pioneering Web site offering quality spoken word and audio literature recordings in MP3 and Real Audio formats. Salon.com currently has relationships with more than 325 advertisers including industry leaders such as IBM, Lexus, Microsoft, EDS, Virgin Megastore Online and Intel. In December 1999, Salon.com announced a content and equity agreement with Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation and NBC. Strategic distribution partners include Lycos, AltaVista, Reuters, CNN.com and CNet as well as wireless innovators AvantGo and Rocket eBooks. Salon.com content is also syndicated to print publications through United Features Syndicate. The site had 3.7 million unique visitors in March 2000.