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Weather.com Visitors Vote for Top Ten Storms of the Century

The Weather Channel Joins with Perseus for Their First Live Web Poll

ATLANTA and BRAINTREE, MA (December 23, 1999) - The Weather ChannelĀ® Web site, http://www.weather.com, the leading provider of weather on the Web, is conducting a live poll, which asks users to vote for their Top Ten Storms of the Century. The poll is part of their look back on the weather of the past century, and is being conducted using Perseus' free Web tool, ExpressPoll.com.

"We chose to work with Perseus for their proven experience in online survey consultation design and implementation," said Jody Fennell, vice president and executive producer of Weather.com. "Perseus has the broad range of expertise needed to handle Weather.com's high-volume of user traffic and on site participation in special features like our Storms of the Century."

Weather.com invites users to visit their "Storms of the Century" section and vote for those storms that have had the greatest impact from a list of sixty of the most memorable storms of this century. Upon submission of their selections visitors are able to view up to the second results to see how their opinions compare to those of others. Voters can also share their memories and stories of past storms via Weather.com's interactive live chat. Weather.com will be conducting the Top Ten Storms of the Century poll throughout December, and will present the results nightly on The Weather Channel cable network.

On December 21, Weather.com will begin unveiling this ten-part series featuring each of the top ten "Storms of the Century" as chosen by The Weather Channel severe weather experts. As each top ten storm is revealed, Weather.com will feature an in-depth look at the storm including video, audio, and map features.

Additionally, The Weather Channel cable network will showcase the past 100 years of nature's devastation in an unprecedented two-week-long multi-media presentation. The series features rare storm footage and seldom seen historical photos of major weather events that literally changed the landscape of America and the history of its people. This original programming series will culminate on December 30th with coverage of the weather event that is worthy of the title - "storm of the century".

The Top Ten Storms of the Century Web poll was created and automated using ExpressPoll.com, a free web tool provided by Perseus, which creates single question Web polls. Visitors to ExpressPoll.com can create their own poll by entering a question, response choices, and answering some simple formatting questions. ExpressPoll.com then instantaneously generates the appropriate HTML which can be easily copied and then pasted to an existing Web page. Web polls generated by ExpressPoll.com provide viewers with up to the second results upon submission of their vote, adding a greater level of interactivity to any site.

Perseus offers ExpressPoll.com as a complement to their line of survey software, which includes SurveySolutions for the Web and SurveySolutions Enterprise. SurveySolutions for the Web enables users to create and modify questionnaires in a word-processing environment without any scripting, programming, or complicated dialogue sequences to master. Users can create professional surveys, post them to the Web or distribute them via E-mail, automatically collect responses, analyze the results, and instantly produce effective presentations.

SurveySolutions Enterprise is a complete corporate solution which combines the easy-to-use functionality of SurveySolutions for the Web with support for server-side ODBC-compliant databases. This enables users to quickly create surveys and web forms, post them to the Internet or their company's Intranet, automatically create and populate database tables on their workstation or a server-side database, and analyze, report and present the results.

Perseus software products run on IBM and IBM-compatible personal computers operating with Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT. The software requires a minimum of 4 MB of RAM and 4 MB of hard drive space. Content is stored in text formats compatible with all major word processors. Results are stored in a Microsoft Access database and are compatible with major statistical analysis packages including SPSS. For more information please visit http://perseus.com.

About Perseus
Perseus is leading the transition from web survey software to Enterprise Feedback Management (EFM) solutions that help organizations better understand their world. Organizations worldwide rely on Perseus solutions to better identify and meet employee, customer and partner needs, and increase profitability by creating loyal relationships. Perseus products enable business professionals to quickly and easily obtain, analyze, and manage sophisticated enterprise feedback using intuitive web-based software. Perseus SurveySolutions® is a recipient of PC Magazine's Editors' Choice award for web-survey software, and is used by over 22,000 customers worldwide including over twenty percent of the Fortune 100. Perseus is a 2003 and 2004 Inc. 500 company and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 company, and a four-time Deloitte Technology Fast 50 company. Visit perseus.com for more information.

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For more information, contact:

Brian Gendron
SHIFT Communications
617.681.1226
bgendron@shiftcomm.com
Dwight Galler
Perseus Development Corporation
781.848.8100 x265
dgaller@perseus.com

 

 

 

 

 

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