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Tripod Launches Private Web Communities

Community site Tripod, a division of Lycos, Tuesday added a new service dubbed Private Pods to its host of member services.

While it sounds like an old horror movie, Private Pods is a free service designed to help Tripod members create private homepages and communities.

The company is targeting users who are hesitant about publishing personal information on the Internet for all to see. Builders can choose exactly who will be able to view the contents of a Private Pod by specifying a list of up to 101 friends, family members and/or co-workers who are permitted to enter their Private Pod.

"The idea of members interacting based on shared interests has been driving the tremendous success of Tripod's 'Pod-based' online community since 1995," said Bo Peabody, president of Tripod and vice president of network strategy at Lycos.

"Our Private Pods operate from the same overall concept, but give members more privacy, security and control over who views their content, and offer a full suite of personal interaction capabilities, including private message boards, private chat and photo albums."

The Private Pods service is currently available, and the company is working to launch a similar service, Private Webs, in the next few months.