iWon Portal Selects Jabber for Instant Messaging Service

Top 10 Portal to License Commercial Jabber.com Technology

And Extend Sweepstakes and Rewards System to Jabber



Jan 02, 2001, 00:00 ET from Jabber.com, Inc.

    DENVER, Jan. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Jabber.com, Inc., a subsidiary of Webb
 Interactive Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:   WEBB) and iWon(SM), the 5th most
 trafficked site on the Internet (Nielsen//NetRatings, November 2000), today
 announced that Jabber has been selected as the instant messaging service for
 the iWon portal.
     Under the definitive agreement, iWon(SM) has licensed from Jabber.com
 commercial Jabber(TM) Instant Messaging server technology, professional
 services, support and maintenance as iWon extends its portal offerings through
 instant messaging and notification services.
     "The instant messaging application will help us maintain our position as
 one of the stickiest sites on the Internet.  Instant messaging represents more
 than just a consumer chat service, it's a way for iWon to extend its brand to
 a user's desktop and to deliver timely pop-up notifications that help bring
 our loyal users back even more frequently.  In partnership with Jabber.com,
 our goal is to promote and extend this new service in unique and value-adding
 ways.  We are, therefore, pleased to announce that we will be awarding iWon
 sweepstakes entries and "cash points" rewards for the download and
 installation of this new service," said Jonas Steinman, founder and co-CEO,
 iWon.
     According to a November survey by the NPD Group, an independent
 international marketing information company, iWon received higher satisfaction
 scores on more attributes than any of the 12 portals tested (including Yahoo!,
 AOL and MSN), marking the second quarter in a row that iWon has placed higher
 than all of its portal competitors.  iWon also achieved a 98% positive overall
 satisfaction rating from its users.
     "We're pleased to introduce iWon as one of our first major customers
 within the service provider market," said Andre Durand, founder of Jabber.com,
 Inc.  "iWon is unique in its focus to build loyalty through the combination of
 information and entertainment, a simple but extremely effective concept.
 Portals such as iWon afford Jabber.com the ability to demonstrate scalability
 and to validate our commercial instant messaging solutions and products with a
 huge existing installed base."
 
     About iWon
     Launched in October 1999, iWon is the 5th most trafficked site on the
 Internet (Nielsen//NetRatings, November 2000) and ranks as the most loyal site
 on the Web, placing #1 in repeat visitation (Media Metrix, November 2000).  In
 its first year, iWon was recognized as a BrandWeek Marketer of the Next
 Generation; was voted #1 in user site and feature satisfaction
 (NPD Search and Portal Tracking Study, June 2000); and was named one of the
 best "dot-com ideas for 2000" by the Associated Press.  Ranked #1 in Advanced
 Search on the Internet (Search Engine Showdown, July 2000), iWon provides
 world-class search and content from leading partners such as Associated Press,
 CBS, Inktomi, Standard & Poor's Comstock, Reuters, TheStreet.com, Travelocity,
 and WeatherNews Inc.
     As an added incentive, iWon gives away $10,000 every day, 30 prizes of
 $1,000 every week, $1 million every month and $10 million on Tax Day.  By
 simply using the site to search the Web, check email, go shopping, read the
 news, or perform other regular Internet activities, iWon users earn entries
 into the daily, weekly, monthly and annual giveaways.  iWon Cash Points, like
 iWon entries, are accumulated for virtually everything users do on the site.
 Users can apply iWon Cash Points toward deep discounts in the iWon Rewards
 Store, opening Spring 2001.  To date, iWon has selected more than
 50,000 winners and has given away more than $30 million in cash prizes.
 
     About Jabber.com
     Jabber.com, Inc., a subsidiary of Webb Interactive Services
 (Nasdaq:   WEBB), is the premiere provider of commercial Jabber solutions,
 products and services targeting the enterprise and service provider markets.
 Jabber is the only open source instant messaging (IM) platform that leverages
 XML technology and a distributed client/server architecture to give each
 company complete control over their IM services, applications and branding.
 Jabber's robust development tools and extensible architecture make it ideal
 for deploying any application that requires real-time XML messaging and
 presence management.  Jabber's web site can be found at www.jabber.com.
 
     About Webb Interactive
     Webb Interactive Services, Inc. provides innovative online commerce
 communication solutions that help small businesses generate leads, increase
 buyer-seller interaction and strengthen customer relationships.  Webb has
 pioneered an advanced XML-based technology platform, upon which application
 modules that lead the convergence of instant messaging and commerce are built.
 Webb's web site can be found at www.webb.net.
 
     All brand and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies
 with which they are associated.
 
     Information and statements in this report, other than historical
 information, should be considered forward-looking and reflect management's
 current views of future events and financial performance that involve a number
 of risks and uncertainties.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ
 materially include, but are not limited to, the following: general economic
 conditions and developments within the Internet and Intranet industries;
 product development and technology changes; competition and pricing pressures;
 length of the sales cycle; variability of sale order flow and management
 growth.
 
 

SOURCE Jabber.com, Inc.
    DENVER, Jan. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Jabber.com, Inc., a subsidiary of Webb
 Interactive Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:   WEBB) and iWon(SM), the 5th most
 trafficked site on the Internet (Nielsen//NetRatings, November 2000), today
 announced that Jabber has been selected as the instant messaging service for
 the iWon portal.
     Under the definitive agreement, iWon(SM) has licensed from Jabber.com
 commercial Jabber(TM) Instant Messaging server technology, professional
 services, support and maintenance as iWon extends its portal offerings through
 instant messaging and notification services.
     "The instant messaging application will help us maintain our position as
 one of the stickiest sites on the Internet.  Instant messaging represents more
 than just a consumer chat service, it's a way for iWon to extend its brand to
 a user's desktop and to deliver timely pop-up notifications that help bring
 our loyal users back even more frequently.  In partnership with Jabber.com,
 our goal is to promote and extend this new service in unique and value-adding
 ways.  We are, therefore, pleased to announce that we will be awarding iWon
 sweepstakes entries and "cash points" rewards for the download and
 installation of this new service," said Jonas Steinman, founder and co-CEO,
 iWon.
     According to a November survey by the NPD Group, an independent
 international marketing information company, iWon received higher satisfaction
 scores on more attributes than any of the 12 portals tested (including Yahoo!,
 AOL and MSN), marking the second quarter in a row that iWon has placed higher
 than all of its portal competitors.  iWon also achieved a 98% positive overall
 satisfaction rating from its users.
     "We're pleased to introduce iWon as one of our first major customers
 within the service provider market," said Andre Durand, founder of Jabber.com,
 Inc.  "iWon is unique in its focus to build loyalty through the combination of
 information and entertainment, a simple but extremely effective concept.
 Portals such as iWon afford Jabber.com the ability to demonstrate scalability
 and to validate our commercial instant messaging solutions and products with a
 huge existing installed base."
 
     About iWon
     Launched in October 1999, iWon is the 5th most trafficked site on the
 Internet (Nielsen//NetRatings, November 2000) and ranks as the most loyal site
 on the Web, placing #1 in repeat visitation (Media Metrix, November 2000).  In
 its first year, iWon was recognized as a BrandWeek Marketer of the Next
 Generation; was voted #1 in user site and feature satisfaction
 (NPD Search and Portal Tracking Study, June 2000); and was named one of the
 best "dot-com ideas for 2000" by the Associated Press.  Ranked #1 in Advanced
 Search on the Internet (Search Engine Showdown, July 2000), iWon provides
 world-class search and content from leading partners such as Associated Press,
 CBS, Inktomi, Standard & Poor's Comstock, Reuters, TheStreet.com, Travelocity,
 and WeatherNews Inc.
     As an added incentive, iWon gives away $10,000 every day, 30 prizes of
 $1,000 every week, $1 million every month and $10 million on Tax Day.  By
 simply using the site to search the Web, check email, go shopping, read the
 news, or perform other regular Internet activities, iWon users earn entries
 into the daily, weekly, monthly and annual giveaways.  iWon Cash Points, like
 iWon entries, are accumulated for virtually everything users do on the site.
 Users can apply iWon Cash Points toward deep discounts in the iWon Rewards
 Store, opening Spring 2001.  To date, iWon has selected more than
 50,000 winners and has given away more than $30 million in cash prizes.
 
     About Jabber.com
     Jabber.com, Inc., a subsidiary of Webb Interactive Services
 (Nasdaq:   WEBB), is the premiere provider of commercial Jabber solutions,
 products and services targeting the enterprise and service provider markets.
 Jabber is the only open source instant messaging (IM) platform that leverages
 XML technology and a distributed client/server architecture to give each
 company complete control over their IM services, applications and branding.
 Jabber's robust development tools and extensible architecture make it ideal
 for deploying any application that requires real-time XML messaging and
 presence management.  Jabber's web site can be found at www.jabber.com.
 
     About Webb Interactive
     Webb Interactive Services, Inc. provides innovative online commerce
 communication solutions that help small businesses generate leads, increase
 buyer-seller interaction and strengthen customer relationships.  Webb has
 pioneered an advanced XML-based technology platform, upon which application
 modules that lead the convergence of instant messaging and commerce are built.
 Webb's web site can be found at www.webb.net.
 
     All brand and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies
 with which they are associated.
 
     Information and statements in this report, other than historical
 information, should be considered forward-looking and reflect management's
 current views of future events and financial performance that involve a number
 of risks and uncertainties.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ
 materially include, but are not limited to, the following: general economic
 conditions and developments within the Internet and Intranet industries;
 product development and technology changes; competition and pricing pressures;
 length of the sales cycle; variability of sale order flow and management
 growth.
 
 SOURCE  Jabber.com, Inc.