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 User Experience 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, Jeeves Advisor, Jeeves Insight, Jeeves Live and Ask.com are service marks of Ask Jeeves, Inc. Other trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners.
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