Ask Jeeves was launched in 1996 by David Warthen and Garrett Gruener.
The search technology for Ask Jeeves was written by Gary Chevsky;
a Russian who emigrated to California in the US. Chevsky worked
for Ask Jeeves and Ask.com from 1995-2006, and holds a number of
patents for 'question answering' search technologies.
Ask Jeeves was a search engine that allowed users to input questions
into a search box and a results page will be with relevant answers.
Comic novelist P G Wodehouse was the author responsible for bringing
the Jeeves character to life. He wrote a series of books where the
knowledgeable and perceptive valet helped a series of English gentlemen
with life's problems. The Jeeves character was curtailed in 2006,
and the Ask Jeeves domain was redirected to Ask.com. While the Jeeves
is sometimes used on some of the regional Ask.com websites, the
character has largely become defunct from 2006-2014.
The service provided by Ask Jeeves and Ask.com has evolved since
1996. While Ask Jeeves was simple a question and answer website,
Ask.com evolved to become a search engine which competed against
Google, Yahoo! and Bing. Ask Jeeves purchased Teoma in 2001 to power
it's search results: Teoma was a search engine which was founded
upon link popularity and was written by Professor Apostolos Gerasoulis.
In 1996, the Teoma website redirected to the Ask.com website. However,
due to failing to compete against Google in a meaningful way, the
Teoma was relaunched in 2010, and Ask.com reverted to it's original
service of being a simple 'question and answer' search engine. Teoma
was to become, once again, the "general" search results
Ask Jeeves to be bought for $1.85bn
Search engine Ask Jeeves is to bought for $1.85bn (£970m).
An investment firm headed by US media mogul Barry Diller is going
to buy them. Mr Diller said "Ask Jeeves has the potential to
become one of the great brands on the internet".
Adrian Cox, chief executive of Ask Jeeves UK operations hopes this
new deal will enable Ask Jeeves the 5th most queries search engine
to compete with Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft's MSN Search .
He said "We are a small player in the land of the giants,"
Ask Jeeves stops paid inclusion
To compete with Yahoo's new search and Google, Askjeeves will stop
accepting advertiser for inclusion in its Web database. Instead
what paid inclusion will do is allow web sites to be indexed more
regularly in search engines. This is the same system which Yahoo
has just announched. However Google still don't require payment
for sites to be regularly daily or every 48 hours.
A statement from an Askjeeves vice president Jim Lanzone stated,
"After much testing of paid inclusion the company found that
it can negatively sway search resultsproducing more commercial
and irrelevant lists of Web sites, Lanzone said. Ultimately, that
hampers the search experience. We're never going to mix church and
state again," Lanzone said.
This and Yahoo's new search database could spell much more competition