• http://www.michael-martinez.com/ Michael Martinez

    When I spoke with the DOJ about the Yahoo!-Bing deal they seemed to feel that Ask would take up the slack where Yahoo! lost search traffic. I told them I didn’t think Ask was up to the task but I really didn’t see this abrupt a departure from the search space coming.

    Blekko is at least 2 years out from achieving credibility as a search engine, unless they miraculously manage to buck historical trends. But they lack the marketing clout that Microsoft had when it entered the search business only a few years ago.

    Despite the fact we have nearly 100 search engines today, the barrier to entry into competitive search is extremely high. The market for all intents and purposes now comes down to Google and Bing, and that won’t change any time in the near future.

    We could say of Ask “That boy was our only hope” and then point out in Yoda fashion “No, there is another” but honestly there has been no hope of seeing a three-way split in search ever since Carl Icahn injected himself into Yahoo!’s internal business.

  • http://www.tcampbell.net T Campbell

    http://widgetitis.com/asked-and-answered/

    The methodology that Ask originally touted was Q&A-based. It was made obsolete, like Yahoo’s directory-based offerings, by the continual improvements in query-based search.

    When it became about “the algorithm,” it was just another Google-of-the-future wannabe.