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 Ask.com 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 “deeply infuse user-generated answers across the site and within search results”
“The redesign accelerates Ask.com’s transition from pure algorithmic Web search to a Q&A site and mobile service fueled by the ability to search the Web for answers or connect with other users for personal opinions,” the company says.
“Ask’s approach to Q&A is unique – we embrace questions where we can deliver answers in milliseconds from content on the Web, but also deeply appreciate that crawlers can’t replace human experience,” said CEO Doug Leeds. “Our limited exposure beta period allowed us to learn where humans and search best intersect as mechanisms for getting credible answers to the millions of questions – fact-based or subjective – we receive each day. Today’s launch combines the best of these two worlds into a single, comprehensive Q&A destination.”
Read our recent interview with Leeds here.
The new Ask Q&A experience is a valuable from the web, as well as from iOS and Android. Last week, Ask launched its new Android app, following up its iPhone app which surpassed a million downloads.