EarthLink Selects Google As Its Preferred Search Provider

Google’s Highly Relevant Search Technology Available Now to EarthLink Community

ATLANTA and MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF.- Feb. 7, 2002 – EarthLink (NASDAQ: ELNK), one of the nation’s leading Internet service providers, has launched a redesigned search function powered by the award-winning Google search engine. The new search tools will provide EarthLink subscribers with the most relevant, up-to-date search results available from more than 2 billion Web pages, in addition to results from EarthLink’s own Web sites.

"Our partnership with Google gives EarthLink subscribers quick access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive search engine – right from our most popular Web properties," said Jon Irwin, EarthLink’s executive vice president of customer experience. "By teaming with Google and other best-in-class Internet services, EarthLink can offer its subscribers great tools to access and navigate the ’Net, and that’s really our core mission – to facilitate a quick, convenient and reliable Internet experience for each EarthLink subscriber."

EarthLink subscribers can access search results from the Google engine through all of EarthLink’s consumer-facing Web sites including the EarthLink home page []; EarthLink’s popular personal subscriber portal, the EarthLink Personal Start Page(SM) []; the EarthLink Biz Center []; and the EarthLink Support Center [].

In addition to the Web search function, Google’s intelligent search technology powers search results from EarthLink’s own content and services directly from the EarthLink home page,

"As a leading Internet company, EarthLink relies on the Web to reach and communicate with millions of subscribers on a daily basis," said Joan Braddi, Google’s vice president of Search Services. "Google’s search technology quickly connects EarthLink users to the information they need online – from customer support details and subscriber features and benefits, to content from the Web at large."

About Google Inc.

With the largest index of websites available on the World Wide Web and the industry’s most advanced search technology, Google Inc. delivers the fastest and easiest way to find relevant information on the Internet. Google’s technological innovations have earned the company numerous industry awards and citations, including two Webby Awards; two WIRED magazine Readers Raves Awards; Best Internet Innovation and Technical Excellence Award from PC Magazine; Best Search Engine on the Internet from Yahoo! Internet Life; Top Ten Best Cybertech from TIME magazine; and Editor’s Pick from CNET. A growing number of companies worldwide, including Yahoo! and its international properties, Sony Corporation and its global affiliates, AOL/Netscape, and Cisco Systems, rely on Google to power search on their websites. A privately held company based in Mountain View, Calif., Google’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital. More information about Google can be found on the Google site at

About EarthLink

EarthLink brings the magic of the Internet to approximately 4.8 million subscribers every day. Headquartered in Atlanta, EarthLink provides a full range of innovative access, hosting and e-commerce solutions to thousands of communities over a nationwide network of dial-up points of presence, as well as high-speed access and wireless technologies. EarthLink is committed to doing an exceptional job of pleasing its subscribers, shareholders and the community by following the company’s Core Values and Beliefs []. Information about EarthLink services is available by calling 800-395-8425 and through EarthLink’s Web site at


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