27th February 2006 Alan Spurgeon

The Butler Gets the Boot

Ask.com, formerly known as Ask Jeeves has today offically dropped its Butler.

The search engine ranked 5th most popular, has also made a number of improvements to try and gain some ground on its competitors. All in all, i’m very impressed with the way it is progressing and it is now a useful alternative to Google.
Here is a brief list of some of the recent features:

  1. Related Search – Get to exactly what you want. Narrow your search. Or expand it. It’s the quickest way to get what you’re after.
  2. Binoculars – Save time by previewing sites before you get there – no clicking required
  3. Smart Answers – Skip the links and get right to the result for all sorts of topics like sports, movies, and the weather
  4. MyStuff – An easy way to save your search results and images all in one place
  5. Improved maps, including a walking directions tool
  6. Encycolpedia search, with Wikipedia results

Add to that some simple branding and Ask seem to be taking themselves quite seriously, and rightly so!

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