EMERYVILLE, Calif., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ --
Ask Jeeves, Inc.(R) (Nasdaq: ASKJ), a leading provider of question answering
technologies and services, today announced the launch of an updated version of
Ask.com(TM). The redesigned site connects Ask Jeeves visitors with more
relevant answers to their more than three million questions a day. Through
powerful popularity search technology and enhanced navigation services,
Ask Jeeves offers users a more efficient, relevant and intuitive way for
people to find the information, products and services they need.
New features to Ask.com include a redesigned homepage with faster load
time, an enhanced reply page utilizing unique popularity technology, the
integration of the Open Directory Project and the addition of a universal
navigation bar. The enhancements provide consumers with additional ways of
finding information through the site and improve the relevancy and accuracy of
answers to their queries.
"The redesign of Ask.com showcases the evolution of the company," said
Sean Murphy, vice president of product management for Ask Jeeves. "Ask Jeeves
has consistently built and improved upon its question answering service in an
effort to satisfy users and direct them to the most relevant answers. Through
the addition of powerful popularity and directory technologies and improved
methods of search we are poised to succeed at this endeavor."
Comprehensive Reply Page Provides Users With Even More Answers
Ask.com has enhanced its reply page to provide users with links to even
more relevant answers to their questions. Now, when a user asks a question
they are provided with popularity results and related search results in
addition to Ask Jeeves' question and answer and metasearch results.
Metasearch results provide the top ten results from search partners who
include Altavista, Excite, WebCrawler, GoTo.com and 4anything.com.
Combination of human editorial judgment with popularity technology
delivers more relevant results.
Jeeves Popularity Search utilizes patented popularity technology to
reflect the collective experience of millions of Web searchers, increasing the
relevancy of search results in response to customer queries. The Jeeves reply
page features popularity-based results by marking them with orange icons of
people, indicating the relevancy of that result in response to the user query
with a ranking between one and five.
The reply page has been further enhanced with the addition of Jeeves
Related Search, another feature that utilizes Ask Jeeves' patented popularity
technology. This feature allows users to expand their search through reverse
relevance technology, recommending additional topics that are related to the
user's original query and may be of interest.
Addition of Open Directory Project and Redesign of Home Page Improves the
Ask.com's new homepage maintains the simple, clean look the site has had
since its launch with the question box prominently displayed. It is now
faster loading, includes a universal navigation bar and features a new
"areas of interest" section. In addition to posing a question in plain
English, users can now browse these areas of interest to access more than
10,000 categories included in the Open Directory Project, the largest
human-edited directory of Internet sites. Ask Jeeves layers its award-winning
popularity-technology onto the directory to help Ask.com visitors find the
most useful information as quickly and effectively as possible.
About Ask Jeeves, Inc.
Ask Jeeves is a leading provider of intuitive, intelligent question
answering technologies and services to deliver a humanized online experience.
Ask Jeeves' solutions enable companies to convert online shoppers to buyers,
reduce support costs, understand customer preferences and improve customer
retention. Ask Jeeves also syndicates its solutions to portals,
infomediaries, and content and destination sites to help companies increase
e-commerce and advertising revenue. Ask Jeeves deploys its solutions on
Ask Jeeves at Ask.com, Ask Jeeves for Kids at AJKids.com and DirectHit.com, to
help companies target and acquire qualified prospects online and to provide
consumers with real-time access to information, products and services. For
more information, visit http://www.ask.com or call 510-985-7400.
NOTE: Ask Jeeves is a registered trademark of Ask Jeeves, Inc.
Ask Jeeves for Kids, the "Ask!" button, Jeeves Relevant Answers,
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