SideStep Wins Top 100 Award From PC Magazine

Traveler’s Search Engine Declared Essential for Consumers

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 25 /PRNewswire/ — SideStep, Inc. (, the traveler’s search engine, today announced that it has been honored by PC Magazine as one of 100 Web sites that consumers “couldn’t live without.”

One of the most influential brands in technology publishing, PC Magazine has a circulation of more than 700,000 monthly readers. With this award, the magazine emphasizes SideStep’s comprehensiveness, as well as the ease with which travelers can filter their results to find precisely what they’re looking for.

These characteristics, in conjunction with the launch of the Web-based version of SideStep in January, have lead to rapid growth in 2005. In its monthly analysis of consumer activity at major online properties, comScore Media Metrix recently declared SideStep to be among the top ten fastest growing sites, with a 35% increase in unique monthly visitors from March to April.

“We’re thrilled that PC Magazine has declared SideStep to be indispensable,” said Russ Lemelin, SideStep’s interim CEO. “With the launch of additional services such as our new vacation package search, we will continue to innovate on behalf of travelers. Travel search is clearly catching on quickly with consumers, and SideStep will lead the way in driving the adoption of this new model.”

SideStep helps consumers find outstanding travel values through and the SideStep(TM) toolbar, as well as through TravelFinds Specials(SM) and TravelFinds Spotlight(SM), the company’s popular email newsletters.

About SideStep

SideStep — the traveler’s search engine — brings compelling offers from numerous travel providers to more than 4.7 million consumers each month. The company has forged alliances with leading travel marketers such as JetBlue Airways, Continental Airlines, Hyatt Corporation, Orbitz, National Leisure Group and Thrifty Car Rental. SideStep has been named one of TIME Magazine’s “50 Coolest Web Sites” and declared “Best of the Web” by Forbes. The company is privately held and has raised more than $17M in funding from Trident Capital and individual investors. For more information, visit

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