All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Ask’ Acquires For More Asking announced that it has acquired, a social Q&A service, which has over 180 million global monthly users, according to the company. is available on the web, and for Android and IOS. A post on the Ask blog says: has been in the business of finding answering to questions from millions of people over the course of …

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FTC Updates Search Engine Ad Disclosure Guidelines

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has updated is guidance to the search engine industry regarding the need to distinguish between advertisements and search results. Search industry veteran Danny Sullivan wrote a letter to the FTC just over a year ago calling upon the commission to scrutinize Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask, Nextag, Twenga and TripAdvisor, with regards to the disclosure of …

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September U.S. Search Market: Google Up, Microsoft Flat, Yahoo Down

comScore has released its latest numbers for the U.S. search market. They show Google sites up 0.3% in September at 66.7%, followed by Microsoft sites at 15.9% and Yahoo sites at 12.2%. Ask came in at 3.5%, and AOL came in at 1.8%. Microsoft remained flat from month to month, while Yahoo dropped by .6%. “More than 16.3 billion explicit …

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IAC announced that its property has agreed to acquire The About Group from The New York Times for $300 million. The About Group, of course, is the company behind The deal was signed on Sunday. “The acquisition is completely in line with IAC’s M&A strategy of acquiring, at disciplined valuations, companies that are complementary and synergistic with …

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Ask Looks To Spread Its Q&A To 30,000 Publishers With nRelate Acquisition has acquired content recommendation company nRelate for an undisclosed sum. nRelate is a service that serves up related article content on publishers’ pages in a box, similar to the one pictured. There is also an ad component, which enables publishers to get some money through a revenue share model. “nRelate’s platform helps over 30k publishers (bloggers and other media) …

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Google Obviously Powers’s Paid And Organic Search Results

Not that this will necessarily come as a surprise to you, but it seems pretty obvious that Google is powering Ask’s organic search results. Ask has an open partnership with Google for its sponsored search results, but will not come right out and say who is powering its regular results. I’m not sure that there was much doubt it was …

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Ask PollRoll App Aims To Help Users Navigate Through SXSW

Ask has debuted a new mobile app at SXSW, which a company spokesperson tells WebProNews “combines the instant gratification of a poll with the answer depth and social context of a Q&A service.” “The app will help users in Austin cut through the noise to determine what the best panels, restaurants and parties are and will also help shape how …

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Exclusive: Ask Aims To Make Q&A More Social

Earlier this year opened up its community portion of the site to its entire user base. This gave users the ability to ask questions and get answers from people. Since then, the company has been re-tooling its site looking for ways to get users more engaged. “As we’ve all seen, Q&A sites are growing in popularity and there’s a …

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Top Searches & Questions of 2011 (According to ASK & AOL)

Earlier this week, we looked at Bing’s year-end round-up (be it a little early) of the top searches of 2011. And the lists continue as today both AOL and Ask released their versions. Ask’s fittingly come in the form of the top questions. They were also thoughtful enough to include a video about them. “Because people come to Ask with …

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Old School Search Engines: Where Are They Now?

We thought it would be fun to take a walk down search engine memory lane and look at what some of the search engines from the times before Google’s domination are up to these days. Remember the days when the search industry wasn’t dominated by Google or even the combination of Google, Yahoo and Microsoft? I’m going to look at …

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Ask Redesign, Human-Powered Q&A Rolls Out to All Users

Ask has 63 million users these days. That is one thing that stands out in the company’s latest announcement. The announcement itself is that has launched its human-powered Q&A service “Ask People” to all of those users. This has only been available to a portion of them in limited beta until now. Ask has also launched a redesign to …

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Ask Android App Launches

Ask has launched a new Android app offering a mobile Q&A service to users. The launch follows that of its iPhone app, which recently surpassed a million downloads. “We have placed a big bet on mobile as part of our growth strategy, and it’s paying off with four times the answer rate as our site users,” said Jason Rupp, senior …

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Ask Adds Partners to Bolster “Smart Answers” for Q&A

Ask has announced several major partnerships designed to fuel the company’s growing Q&A service. More specifically, the partnerships will drive expansion of Ask’s “smart answers” across more categories including: sports, recipes, travel and music. The point of the “smart answers” feature of Ask is to give users real answers, as opposed to links to web content – when applicable, and …

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Ask Taps YouTube API For Enhanced Video Results

Online video continues to blow up, and a lot of startups are capitalizing on it. Ask says that as a Q&A site, it sees a larger percentage of “how to” questions around art, science, cooking and exercise that are “begging to be answered visually.” With that in mind, the company is taking what it says is a first step to …

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3 Questions for Ask CEO Doug Leeds (And His Answers)

This week, celebrated its 15-year anniversary. You may recall a time when Ask was one of the most-used and talked about search engines on the web, and now the company has basically abandoned search in favor of a focus on Q&A, while using “a third party search provider” to provide its search results. We had the chance to ask …

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SXSW – Ask Combines Q&A with the Location-Based Service

Ask announced a couple weeks ago that it would be debuting a new mobile app called Ask Around here at SXSW. WebProNews caught up with Chief Product and Technology Officer Lisa Kavanaugh to talk about it a little. “We found that search was getting sort of commoditized, and for us it was really about questions and answers, and our …

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Is New Ask Feature a Response to Growing Interest in Quora?

Ask announced today that it is rolling out the ability to personalize the Q&A experience, which has become the core focus of the site. 

Ask users can use the "Browse by Interests" tab to view questions/answers (content) that are relevant to them, which should make the experience a great deal more useful. 

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Ask Breaks Down Popular Holiday Gifts Based on Questions Asked

As Christmas approaches, Ask is sharing some info about the hottest gift items this season, based on users of its Q&A service. 

According to Ask’s findings, in the gaming category, Xbox is at the top of the list, with over 5% of all questions being related to the console. According to the company, gamers asked nearly five times more questions about the Xbox than the Sony Playstation. Nintendo’s Wii was somewhere in between. 

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Dunkin Donuts Coffee and iPads Popular in 2010 Among Ask Users

It’s now December, and in the search industry, that means it’s the time of the year that we get to look at the most searched things of the year. Bing shared its top ten searches the other day. Ask recently retired from true search, in order to focus on the niche its name suggests – questions and answers. 

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Is a Shake-Up Brewing in the Search Market?

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A Web pioneer of sorts is retiring from one of the industry’s most visible fights. Today, the president of announced that Ask will dedicate all its resources to improving its Q&A service, and as a result, will no longer attempt to compete in terms of Web search.

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Yahoo And Microsoft Make Small Search Gains

Google continued its reign over the U.S. search market in August with 65.4 percent market share, followed by Yahoo with 17.4 percent (up 0.3 percentage points) and Microsoft with 11.1 percent (up 0.1 percentage points), according to the latest analysis from comScore.

 Ask saw no change month-over-month capturing 3.8 percent of the search market, followed by AOL, which also remained flat with 2.3 percent of the market.

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Ask Unveils Q&A Platform to Get Users More Answers

A couple months back, Ask unveiled its new redesign with a heavy focus on Q&A (read our interview with Ask SVP of Product Management Tony Gentile here). Now, the company has launched a Q&A Partner Platform to help grow its community of people who can answer questions.

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Meet the New

We’ve known that Ask has been working on a new version of for months, but now it’s here. Ask is placing new emphasis on the Q&A side of search, and is injecting the Q&A experience directly into the main search experience, which is what SVP of Product Management Tony Gentile tells WebProNews, sets the new Ask apart from other Q&A sites.

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Bing Captures Bigger Share Of U.S. Search Market

Bing had the most search growth for the month of June, growing 7 percent month- over-month to capture 9.85 percent of the U.S. search market, according to the latest figures released by Hitwise.

Google accounted for 71.65 percent of the search market, but saw a one percent drop in growth month-over-month.  Yahoo’s search growth was flat, accounting for 14.37 percent of the market and Ask captured 2.19 percent of the search market, with 2 percent growth month-over-month.


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Ask Jeeves Co-founder Takes Leadership Role at Interesting News Site

Ask Jeeves co-founder David Warthen has joined citizen journalism-meets-mainstream journalism site Allvoices as Chief Technology Officer. He will be responsible for the technical direction of the company.

Read More Illustrates How Search is Becoming More Diversified

Ask’s has reached the 10 million download milestone for its mobile apps in just over a year. gets about 50 million unique visitors a month between its site and its mobile apps.

The company’s new iPad app already has over 100,000 downloads to date. I spoke with President Shravan Goli who expressed a great deal of excitement about the iPad and tablet-style devices in general.

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Ex-Ask CEO Joins LinkedIn’s Board Of Directors

At least in terms of percentages, LinkedIn’s board of directors expanded by quite a bit today.  Indeed, it grew 25 percent thanks to the addition of Skip Battle, who served as the CEO of between early 2001 and the middle of 2005.

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Aardvark Already Part of Google, Answers will Show Up in Search

Yesterday, news broke that Google was acquiring social Q&A site Aardvark for about $50 million. Aardvark sent its users an email today saying:

Dear friends,

Aardvark has just been acquired by Google!

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Ask Says it Has a Head Start as Google Acquires Q&A Site

Update: President Doug Leeds offered the following additional statement:

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Bing And Ask Increase Search Share In January

Bing saw the number of U.S. searches on its site increase 5 percent in January from December to 9.37 percent of the search market, according to a new report from Hitwise.

Ask also had a 4 percent increase in the number of searches from December to account for 2.64 percent of the search market.

Google still dominated with 71.49 percent of the search market but saw a month-over-month decline of 1 percent. Yahoo landed in the second position with 14.57 percent of the search market and also had a month-over-month decline of 2 percent.

Read More Gets New Leadership in Yahoo/Microsoft Vet

Ask’s has appointed a new President – Shravan Goli. He replaces Doug Leeds, who was named President of, in October.  Goli will report to Scott Garell, President of Ask Networks, and will be responsible for leading the strategy and overall business for

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Google And Ask See Search Gains In November

Google’s share of the search market inched up by 1 percent in November accounting for 71.57 percent of all U.S. searches conducted during the month, according to Hitwise.

Yahoo trailed landing in the second position with 15.39 percent of the search share representing a 5 percent decline from October. Bing also saw a dip of 2 percent and ended up with 9.34 percent of the search market.

Ask saw its search share rise 1 percent to 2.65 percent in November.

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How Important is Natural Language to the Future of Search?

Where Google is a search engine, and Bing is a "decision engine," seeks to be an answer engine. Ask thinks the future of search is in questions and answers. This means, you should be able to ask a direct question and get a specific answer, rather than pages of results, which can lead you to finding the answer on your own.

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Microsoft Tipped As Most Likely Buyer

Since IAC/InterActiveCorp CEO Barry Diller indicated on Tuesday that he’s willing to sell, the question on many people’s minds has been, "Who might buy it?"  And at this point, the most likely answer seems to be "Microsoft."

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Google and Bing Increase Share of Enterprise Search Traffic

iCrossing has shared the findings from its Enterprise Natural Search Share Index. This is a look at natural search traffic to enterprise level sites, based on a large sample of Fortune 1000 companies across all major verticals.

Read More Gets New U.S. Leadership

On Friday announced that it has promoted Doug Leeds to President of U.S. In addition, Tony Gentile has joined the company as Senior Vice President, Product Management.

Leeds has been with Ask Networks since early 2006, where he has held several different positions. Most recently, he has been President of the company’s and Chief Operating officer of Ask Networks. Now as President, he will oversee the US business for and lead the development, launch, and execution of Ask’s strategy in the U.S.

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Hitwise Finds Bing Down By Five Percent

Last week, StatCounter indicated that Bing had experienced its first bad month, losing market share between August and September.  Some people, perhaps understandably, had trouble accepting this.  But Hitwise has now provided its own figures, and they, too, show that Microsoft’s new offering hit a rough patch. 

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Ask Continues Breast Cancer Awareness Efforts

Update: Ask has transormed its homepage into a Breast Cancer Memorial as the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month has arrived. The homepage will continuously change throughout the day as tributes are added in honor of survivors, those living with breast cancer, and in memory of those lost to the disease.

Read More Stepping Up in Fight Against Breast Cancer

OAKLAND, Calif., September 14, 2009 —, a leading search engine and operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), today announced the launch of its Search for the Cure® program and charitable commitment to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives and end breast cancer forever.

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Google Utilized to “Make History” for 9/11 Remembrance

Google has been criticized by some in the past for not featuring 9/11 doodles on the home page on the anniversary of the attacks on September 11th. Google is, however, pointing to a site from the company’s official blog, that invites people to "share their experiences of 9/11 and its aftermath in an effort to preserve the memories of that time."

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Bing Sees Modest Search Gains In July

Microsoft’s Bing managed to make a slight gain in July while Google and Yahoo saw miniscule declines in search, according to comScore.

Google led the U.S. search market in July with 64.7 percent of the searches conducted, followed by Yahoo (19.3%), and Bing (8.9%). Ask grabbed 3.9 percent of the search market, followed by AOL with 3.1 percent.

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Ask Gets More Serious About Answers has released a database of 300 million Q&A pairs available to users in the US and the UK.

"Delivering the best answers though innovations in semantic search technology is the direction in which the search industry is headed, and Ask is best-placed to lead the industry in this regard given our database of hundreds of millions of questions, and our core search technologies," said Scott Kim,’s EVP of Technology. 

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Ask CEO Steps Downs After One and a Half Years

Ask CEO Jim Safka has suddenly decided to step down from his role with the company. He has only been there since January 2008.

In a letter to the Ask staff, Safka said:

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Ask Provides Sitelinks in SERPs Too

Ask is expanding its Ask Domain Nav product, which has been rolling out in phases since the end of last year, when it began beta testing the domain navigation product.

It’s very similar to what Google has been doing, and has incidentally also expanded upon recently. Last week, Google announced it was adding sitelinks for more search results. Here are screenshots of both Ask’s and Google’s versions:

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Ask Brings Back Jeeves

The search engine formerly known as Ask Jeeves, which has more recently gone by has decided to bring the beloved butler back, at least in the UK (though his look is slightly updated). The company says that it knows from research that customers "love Jeeves and strongly associate him with providing answers. "

If you ask Jeeeves why he’s back, he’ll tell you:

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FAQ Pages Could Boost Your Google Rankings

In a recent report, Hitwise said that the length of search queries has increased over the past year. Longer search queries, averaging searches of 5+ words in length, have increased 10% from January ’08 to January ’09 they noted.

Ask has an interesting blog post up interpreting this data, and the gist of it is summed up with this paragraph from it:

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Top Three Search Engines Tread Water In February

Don’t look for any fireworks displays over Mountain View tonight.  Hitwise’s latest report on the search market is in, and between January and February, Google’s share grew by just 0.02 percent.  Yahoo and Microsoft made similarly yawn-worthy movements on a month-to-month basis.

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Ask Revs Up Search For NASCAR has partnered with NASCAR and Hall of Fame of Racing to become the official search engine for the sport.

"As part of our strategy to go deeper into the highest-volume categories and provide the best answer, the first time, every time, we want to be the first place fans search online for NASCAR information," said Chief Executive Officer Jim Safka.

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Ask Shows Off Its Advanced Semantic Search

Remember Ask? You know, the search engine with the Butler. While the company doesn’t get brought up in the discussion as much as it once did, it has not surrendered to Google and it’s other competitors just yet.

Ask has now announced some advances in its semantic search technology. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of Semantic Search, Wikipedia explains it:

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Liberty Media Unloading IAC Shares At Rapid Pace

Liberty Media – and/or its chairman, John Malone – may not have a lot of faith left in and other IAC properties.  It seems that Liberty Media has selling the company’s stock left and right, unloading 193,100 shares in the last week alone.

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Google Increases Internet Search Share

Google continues to dominate the U.S. search market share and in October it accounted for 63.1 percent of all searches, up from 58.5 percent in the previous year and up slightly from 62.9 percent in September according to comScore.

Yahoo landed the second spot with 20.5 percent, a decrease from 22.9 percent a year ago but up from 20.2 percent in September.

Microsoft ranked third with 8.5 percent in October, the same percentage it had in September but down from 9.7 percent from October 2007.

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Scattered IAC Financial Results Earn Applause

Ask may have lost the interest of a lot of people in the search industry, but its parent company, IAC, is still catching investors’ eyes.  IAC’s third quarter results – the first it’s published since spinning off some businesses – represent a curious mixture of ups and downs.

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Ask Unveils Rebuilt Site

Ask’s share of the search market is lacking, to say the least; deficiencies in both the tech and PR departments have long kept it fundamentally distinct from Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft.  But an overhaul and ad campaign seek to fix all that.

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Google Grabs 1 Billion Searches In India

Google sites received the majority of searches conducted in India according to a study of the online search market from comScore.

Google sites in India had more than 1 billion searches conducted in June, representing 81 percent of the market. Yahoo sites ranked a distant second with 117 million searches accounting for 9.4 percent. Ask Network landed in the third spot with 24 million searches representing 1.9 percent of the market.

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Brits Ask For Tats, Cake, and God

I think we’re past trying to extrapolate too much meaning from top search term lists—it just gets depressing. During 2007’s cyclical year-end keyword clearance, even the engines themselves resorted to "gainer" and category lists, editing out the repetitive (and somewhat base) who’s-who of porn and pop culture—yeah, we get it, the people can’t get enough of sex and rich, pretty idiots. What else are they looking for?

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Destination Nowhere: Ask Give Microsoft Map Business’s mapping service, a feature laden map option that provided a host of tools, received an unceremonious dumping in favor of Microsoft and its Virtual Earth.

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Ask Privacy Link has announced. that it has added a direct link to its privacy policy via a "Privacy" link conveniently placed on its homepage, thus, easing the growing concerns of the privacy watchdogs.

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Google Kills Rivals In Search For April

Google increased its U.S. dominance in search in April, extending its lead over rivals Yahoo and Microsoft, according to comScore.

Google’s search properties grabbed a record-high 61.6 percent of the U.S. market in April, up from 59.8 percent in March.

Out of the top five search engines, Google was the only company, that saw an increase in the number of searches in April. Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL and Ask all had a decrease of 5 percent or more.

Read More Search Engine – A Brief History

As of this writing, there are five top Internet search engines: Google, Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, and, and while Google and Yahoo! get a lot of the press (particularly lately), the search engine is a rather interesting engine that deserves a closer look. This article will cover some of the highlights in its 12-year history, from its start as Ask Jeeves to its innovations, as well as the most recent developments behind the scenes.

The Beginning

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Search Engines Shaky In February

February’s over, and according to new comScore statistics, almost all of the major search engines should be glad to put it in the past.  Microsoft and Yahoo both saw a shrink in market share, and Google’s query growth was less impressive than it’s been in previous periods.

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No Stopping Google’s Domination

So Jason is predicting that “Google will have 90% search market share in the US one year from now“, and while people may cringe at that thought, I don’t think it’s a completely unlikely scenario.

Read More Follows Jeeves Into Exile

The search engine will be repurposed into something resembling its earliest days as a place to ask questions.

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Anonymous Source Shoots Down Ask Rumors

Amid blog-driven hype over possible layoffs at Ask and the abandonment of the search engine in favor of Google comes a rebuttal of those potential moves by Ask parent IAC.

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Bloglines Users Abandon Ship

When a company’s last press release was put out in June of 2005, it’s probably wise not to expect a quick response.  Still, users of RSS reader Bloglines are disappointed (and increasingly angry) following a long outage.

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Search Share Stays Steady In January

comScore’s first search share report of the year looks a lot like the last report of last year, except that only Yahoo is a loser.

In January, Yahoo lost 0.7 percent of the search market, dropping from 22.9% share to 22.2%.

Everybody’s favorite juggernaut? Google picked up part of what Yahoo dropped—a small part. Google’s share of the search market increased from 58.4% to 58.5%.

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Ask scopes out Compete for Binoculars

Search engine added data feeds from analytics vendor Compete to expand the view of a website via the Ask Binoculars feature.

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Not President’s Day At Google, Apparently

Ready the vegetable-tossers, conspiracy theorists, and patriotic guillotiners: Google and Yahoo have snubbed President’s Day.

Google especially (in part because nobody pays attention to Yahoo unless Microsoft tries to buy them) is known for spicing up its logo on special days, to commemorate artists, historic accomplishments, and often, national holidays.

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Digg This: Ask Opens BigNews

A joint project by Ask and Digg led to the opening of BigNews, a service for tracking important and widely discussed news stories.

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Google Holds On To Search Share

US search market share for Google held in place from December 2007 to January 2008, while Yahoo and Ask gained at Microsoft’s expense.

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Create Your Own Ask Homepage has launched a new facility, in case you don’t like the backgrounds already available on

The new feature lets you upload any image of your choice, a family snap or your company logo perhaps.

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ComScore on Search Engine Rankings for December

comScore, a leader in measuring the digital world, has released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the search marketplace for December 2007.

Among core search engines in December 2007, Google Sites remained the top search property with 5.6 billion core searches conducted, representing a 58.4 percent share of the search market.


December U.S. Core Search Rankings

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AskEraser Already Under Fire

Privacy watchdog groups have filed a complaint with the FTC about AskEraser, claiming that the six-week-old service doesn’t live up to its promises of erasing all user search data even when enabled.

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Google Slides a Bit in December

ComScore today released their numbers for December 2007 and Google took a bit of a slide. Here’s what happened in December:

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Ask Hires Former Google Exec For Europe

It’s not as if Eric Schmidt switched sides; Cesar Mascaraque was hardly a central figure.  Still, we have to applaud Ask for snatching up the former Googler, and think Mascaraque’s experience will serve his new company well.

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EPIC Slams Ask, Google On Privacy

In an FTC filing in the US about, and testimony before the European Parliament about Google’s DoubleClick acquisition, the Electronic Privacy Information Center complained of the potential threat to individual online privacy.

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comScore’s US Consumer Activity Analysis

comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), today released its monthly analysis of U.S. consumer activity at top online properties for December 2007 from the comScore Media Metrix service.


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Search in the Third Dimension

The quote on the home page of SpaceTime is intriguing:

"I think I’ve found a product that makes the Google interface look like it was designed by Apple."
Rob Enderle, Enderle Group.

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Ask Displaying Google Ads through its Contextual Ad Program

So you want to get into the arbitrage game by serving Google ads on Yahoo?

If so, you have quite a few hurdles to overcome. Google’s quality team is gunning for you, countless advertisers are watching their logs, and just about everyone under the sun is excluding you from their content network campaigns. What’s a gray hat arbitrager to do?

Perhaps the answer is a back door method to arbitrage Google ads.

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Search – The Need For Speed

Google isn’t only fast on the browser side, where queries come in, but on the indexing side, where the voracious BigTable on Google’s back end chows on the content the Googlebot delivers.

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Compete: Google Edges Closer To 70 Percent

The December 2007 US search market share figures from analytics firm Compete peg Google’s portion of queries at 68.1 percent.

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IAC Jimmies The Ask CEO Office

A management reorg at Barry Diller’s IAC has’s former CEO Jim Safka heading up the division, with outgoing CEO Jim Lanzone heading for the world of venture capital.

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Google Close To Two-Thirds Of Search Market

Market share for Google search virtually reached 66 percent for the month of December 2007, while the next three major search sites gave back a little bit.

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Some of the Most Innovative Products of the Year

PC World has a list of the 25 most innovative products of 2007. While most of them are actual gadgets—the iPhone, the Kindle, and various other pieces of hardware—many of them are web apps. Among the most interesting picks:

1. Google Gears—heralded as a step toward the browser as a desktop

9. Facebook API—duh.

17. Zoho Notebook—compiles all kinds of information and enables you to share it

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Ask Settles Click Fraud Suit

Advertisers who purchased advertising from IAC or Ask between August 2005 and the present are eligible for reimbursement due to a click fraud settlement between Ask and Lane’s Gifts and Collectibles.

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Dial Directions will provide Ask Mobile users with the ability to use a voice-activated service and get driving directions to their destination.

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November Search Share: Google Still Tops

Fewer queries entering search engines in a soft November didn’t hurt Google’s market share, but Yahoo and Ask gave up a little bit.

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Bloglines Beefs Up

Before we had Google Reader, the biggest kid on the RSS reader block was Bloglines. While Google has taken that title, away from the owned service, Bloglines has been back to the gym recently and added some bulk.

Bloglines has rolled out a slew of new features today, including:

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Ask’s Top Search Queries for the Year

We’ve seen Yahoo’s most popular queries this year; we’ve seen Google’s.

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Bloglines Makes The Save

The Bloglines Beta feedreader began rolling out new features with the addition of a Save button for articles.

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What Happens In Ask Doesn’t Stay In Ask isn’t being completely forthcoming about its highly touted AskEraser, which, the company promises, deletes searcher data in a matter of hours. Hours seems to be the amount of time required to send that data to Google first.

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Ask’s AskEraser Release

I’m not sure what is more impressive.’s official launch of its privacy protection called AskEraser, or all of the press coverage the company is getting from the announcement.


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Microsoft Dangles Deal: Products For A Peek

Allow Microsoft to keeps tabs on your computer through the Windows Feedback Program, and fill out a few surveys, and the company will reward you with one of its software packages.

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November Search Share, A Poem

Google picked up more than 65 percent of the US search market in November 2007, while Yahoo, Microsoft, and Ask all ceded a few tenths of a percent each in share.

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Ask Releases Top Searches Of 2007

We saw Yahoo’s, then Google gave us its list of top searches.  Now Ask is stepping up, and I’m happy to say that the term “Cars” was the sixth most popular query of 2007.

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Problems with Google Blog Search

Lisa Barone writing in the Bruce Clay Blog was kind enough to mention a thread I started over at the Cre8asite Forums suggesting that the Blog Search was filling a Google vacuum.

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ComScore: Yahoo, Microsoft Search Drop In October

Time Warner’s sites including AOL saw a teensy drop in US search market share in October as well. Guess who gained?

Read More Gobbles Up Thanksgiving Week

Turkey queries and Black Friday deal searches rate among the places Ask believes its search engine can help the typical person around the holidays.

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Hitwise: Google, Ask October’s Winners

A new report from Hitwise is here, and the short version is as follows: Google wins.  The long version includes a few other things of interest, though, including a small gain on Ask’s part.

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New Ask Ads

As seen on , a post called, "New Ads Show You How it’s Done" has a list of all the latest TV commercials. Here goes:
"San Francisco"

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