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Type of portal

Characteristics

Example

Access portal

Associated with ISP

Wanadoo (www.wanadoo.com) AOL (www.aol.com)

Horizontal or functional portal

Range of services: search engines, directories, news recruitment, personal information management, shopping, etc.

Yahoo! (www.yahoo.com) MSN (www.msn.com) Lycos (www.lycos.com)

Vertical

A vertical portal covers a particular market such as construction with news and other services

Construction Plus

(www.constructionplus.co.uk)

Chem Industry (www.chemindustry.com)

Media portal

Main focus is on consumer or business news or entertainment

BBC (www.bbc.co.uk) Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk) ITWeek (www.itweek.co.uk)

Geographical (region, country, local)

May be:

• horizontal

• vertical

Yahoo! country and city versions Countyweb (www.countyweb.com)

• horizontal

• geographical

EC21 (www.ec21.com) eBay (www.eBay.com)

Search portal

Main focus is on search

Google (www.google.com) Ask Jeeves (www.ask.com)

Delivered by streaming media or downloads of files

BBC (www.bbc.co.uk) Silicon (www.silicon.com)

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