On May 1, 1998, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) launched its new Web-based information service, ViewsWire. ViewsWire was an attempt to take advantage of the Internet by combining the resources of the Economist Group’s information services and publishing skills with cutting-edge search-and-retrieval technology and a proprietary database system. By linking related stories, articles, and briefings together, the aim was to allow ViewsWire users to create their own “personalized decision-support profiles.”