Tests New Search Interface With Ask X

Ask X

The Read Write Web blog first spotted testing a new interface they named Ask X. The new interface sports a steel background for the home page with more goodies inside.

A search on Ask X for barry schwartz shows a three column pane interface. On the left hand side is the search box, where you can type and as you type you see search suggestions appear below the search box [Note From Danny: Pity this doesn't happen on the home page as well].

In the middle column is a smart answer, followed by two paid listings and then the organic results, with’s binoculars. You can also save to “my stuff” each result, if you mouse over them, notice the notepad with a plus sign.

On the right pane you see image results, latest RSS results from blogs and the wikipedia entry of Barry Schwartz (not me, the other one).

Gary Price himself has a bunch more details about the new release, so check it out here.

You can also see more information at and access Ask X at

My personal thoughts? I like it.

Related Topics: Ask: Ask X | Channel: Search Marketing | Search Features: General


About The Author: is Search Engine Land's News Editor and owns RustyBrick, a NY based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable, a popular search blog on very advanced SEM topics. Barry's personal blog is named Cartoon Barry and he can be followed on Twitter here. For more background information on Barry, see his full bio over here.

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  • doolally

    I’ve had no luck with it. Tells me I need javascript enabled (which I do) when using Firefox, and tells me I need to change my screen resoloution when I tried with IE and I don’t fancy squinting.

  • Michael Martinez

    Considering that it just asked me to enable cookies and Javascript (both are enabled), I’m not very impressed at all.

  • kid disco

    Looks kinda like AlltheWeb’s Livesearch interface…

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