The festive season has kicked off with Thanksgiving, and search engine industry has launched their Thanksgiving logos and themes. Google went ahead and launched its doodle a few days ago. The rest of the engines- Yahoo!, Bing and Ask have also gone live with their logos.
A very happy Thanksgiving to all our readers from PageTraffic!
Happy New Years! I hope you all had a bash at the New Year's eve, and that you are on high spirits with hopes and wishes, looking forward into good things as the year unfolds. Why should not anyone be? Look at the search engines, even the logos and themes there are dressed up in cool new looks.
OAKLAND, Calif., October 6, 2009 – Ask, a leading search engine and operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), today announced the launch of Ask Deals, its proprietary database of more than 1 million high-quality savings offers from national and local merchants across hundreds of product categories.
OAKLAND, Calif., September 14, 2009 — Ask.com, 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.
Antonio Gulli, the technology team lead in Ask.com's European R&D center is leaving Ask.com after serving for four years. At Ask.com, Antonio worked on:
- Image Search
- News and Blog search
- Video News Search
- Core Web Search Infrastructure
- RealTime Fresh Web Ranking
- Core Frontend Platform for UK
Here was Antonio's bio prior to joining Ask.com:
Ask.com has come up with a positive news that would be great for the search world. It has recently unveiled the proprietary database of 300 million Q&A pairs for the users in the United Kingdom and United States.
Breaking news: Ask.com is not going to renew its contract with Looksmart. This step can be a big blow to Looksmart's revenue. Ask.com listings had generated quite a revenue for Looksmart Publisher solutions, around 89% in Q1 2009 alone.
The partnership which began in 2005 will end in December 2009, with no news of further extension. There had been no announcement or news release from Ask.com in this regard.
It seems Ask.com cannot have enough and be satisfied. The site has been remodeled and redesigned several times within past 4-5 years. Following Microsoft Live search suit ask.com has also started to add live hot spots as part of advertisement stint. From changing its logo to name to skins now Ask.com is using new advertising strategy. Once known as Ask Jeeves it has evolved to use the shorter version ask. Moreover Ask.com had recently restructured its homepage to come up with a clean fresh look as shown below.
Wall Street Journal recently reported that Ask.com CEO Jim Safka is leaving the firm. It is believed that the decision was based on personal reasons. Jim will most probably become the head of Chegg, Inc., which gives textbooks to students on rent.
Safka took over as the Ask's CEO in the early January 2008, replacing Jim Lanzone. As WSJ points out, Ask's market share has mostly remained flat during Safka's rein, with just under a 4% share of the search market in the US.
Just a few days ago, Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft announced their collaboration to support a new Web standard Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Canonical URL TagĂ˘â‚¬Âť to abolish duplicate content from the Internet world.
Now, Ask.com has announced its intentions to go Canonical! Here is the example of the screen shot of the tag, provided by Ask.com: