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Engines & Directories > Ask Jeeves
Ask Search Engine
Ask Search Form...
A Web 2.0 version, very nice, is at AskX.com
Ask for Kids
How to Submit
Make sure other sites that are indexed by
Ask.com link to your site. Once that has been achieved, Ask's spiders will find
The brainchild of Garrett Gruener and David Warthen,
Ask Jeeves began in a scroungy apartment in Berkeley, California, financed by
a credit card.
In April 1997 they launched the first of their advertiser-supported
public sites, www.ask.com. It is now becoming a big player. AltaVista has
added Ask Jeeves to its arsenal, and I predict that soon it will be licensed out
to all the major engines, just as the Systran translation service will.
Dec 1999: Forms an alliance with About.com - a search box placed
on About pages, and lots of Ask Jeeves questions directed back to About. The About
guides are really good, so this announcement is good for users.
2000: Ask Jeeves buys Direct Hit for $509 million
Ask purchased Teoma, a start-up from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ,.
Teoma utilises the clustering concept of subject-specific popularity - they call
it ExpertRank. Teoma means "expert" in Gaelic. Teoma is now the engine
that powers Ask.com
Popularity: 5th most
popular search site. 16% of USA searchers used it during Jan 2002. It is the 2nd
most popular search site, and 8th most popular website in the UK (5 million visitors
per month). It is now #4 in the USA, and despite massive advertising campaigns
it is only increasing in popularity very slowly...