Returns To TV With Spot Emphasizing Q&A has a long history in TV advertising; some of it has been entertaining and some of it controversial. But the IAC-owned search engine was on a TV hiatus of sorts during the past couple of years. Now, according to AdWeek, the company is running new TV ads in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The ads reportedly focus on Ask's more recent positioning as a Q&A engine: The 15-second commercials emphasize the company’s new focus on fact-based answers to questions posed in everyday language, showing people asking things like "Where can I watch TV online for free?" and "Does speed dating [...] Opens Up Its Human Q&A Community, Steps Further Away From Search

ask logo After more than a year in beta, today opened the doors on its community-based question-and-answer product. It positions Ask as much less search-oriented, and much more Q&A based -- not unlike its original incarnation in the 1990s. The Q&A site had been available in beta to a limited number of users since last July (2010) when Ask began to transition from search to Q&A. As you'll see on the third screenshot below, Ask says it has more than 344,000 people already in the Q&A community. At the time of the initial announcement last summer, the homepage still had a search bar, [...] Celebrates 15th Birthday the social search/Q&A engine is 15 years old. Founded in 1996 as Ask Jeeves by Garrett Gruener and David Warthen the company has launched a special social site to celebrate its birthday and review events of the past 15 years -- Here's a brief recent history of Ask: July 1999: Ask Jeeves goes public March 2005: IAC buys Ask Jeeves for $1.85 billion February 2006: Jeeves the Butler goes into retirement April 2006: Steve Berkowitz, head of, leaves to join Microsoft. Jim Lazone named CEO of Ask June 2007: Lanzone launches innovative Ask 3D UI, which [...]

Google’s 2011 Mother’s Day Logo & More Logos

Today is Mother's Day in the United States and many many other countries and for the special day, Google and the other search engines have special logos and themes up. The logos and themes are to honor our Mothers for all they have done for us. Below is a listing of the logos from Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other search engines that have special logos up for Mother's Day. More Fun Google Logos: Google’s Royal Wedding Logo Your Guide To The Royal Wedding 2011, Social Media Style What Time Is The Royal Wedding? Google Tells You With Special [...]

Google’s Interactive Earth Day Logo

Today on Google's home page is a special interactive Google logo for Earth Day. Earth Day this year falls out on Good Friday and for the special day, Google made a fun, animated and interactive Google logo. Ironically, it seems as if you have Pandas playing (see the Google Panda update), the logo also has birds flying, fish swimming, lions sleeping, penguins sledding and much more. Here is a video me interacting with the Google logo. Google was not the only search company celebrating Earth Day with a special logo, so is Yahoo, Bing,, AOL and others. Here they are: [...]

IAC Revises And Re-Ups Its Deal With Google

IAC, the parent of, the Daily Beast and Citysearch, today announced it has amended and extended its distribution agreement with Google through March 31, 2016. The deal, which involves the distribution of AdWords ads and other search-related services to IAC sites, was originally scheduled to expire at the end of 2012. Though IAC didn't get into specific details about what terms changed, the company says the new agreement is "comparable" to the previous agreement, when taken as a whole. Back in November, gave up web search to concentrate on Q&A search, and was said to be [...]

St. Patrick’s Day Logo Not On

This is the first time in years that Google does not have a St. Patrick's Day logo on the home page. Google does have a special logo on Google Ireland but not on Here is the Google St. Patrick's Day logo on Google Ireland: I have a feeling Google did not post it globally because of the Japanse crisis but I do not have that confirmed as of yet. Interestingly enough, is also missing the St. Patrick's Day logo. Only those in the Ireland region will see an animated logo. Here it is: Bing,, Dogpile, DuckDuckGo and some others have logo [...]

Ask Launches Local Conversations iPhone App noticed some interesting behavior happening on its Q&A iPhone application. People were trying to have "conversations" in the comments area of the app, according to Ask's Jason Rupp. Much of that chat activity was focused on particular locations. But Ask's Q&A app wasn't intended to support full-blown conversations. Cut to several months later and, just in time for the SXSW conference, Ask is launching a new app focused on local conversations. It's called Ask Around. Location awareness on the phone immediately puts people into the middle of a local conversation. All commen [...]

With So Much Money Is A Facebook Search Engine Inevitable?

The news broke yesterday that Facebook was getting a whopping $500 million from Goldman Sachs and existing investor Digital Sky Technologies at a valuation of $50 billion. None of this has been confirmed by the company but it's being very widely reported. Apparently the Goldman investment will enable the company's most wealthy clients to "get in" before an IPO and virtually guarantee that Goldman is the firm (or the lead firm) that takes Facebook public when that eventually happens. Groupon also just raised a gigantic funding round, between $500 million and $950 million according to reports [...]

New Year’s Eve & Day 2011 Logos From Google & Others

Happy New Year's Eve everyone, except for you in the Australian region, where it is New Year's Day! On behalf of the Search Engine Land team, we wanted to wish you all a happy and healthy 2011! As like in the past years, the search engines have special logos up for the New Years. Below are images of those logos from the 2011 search celebration. Google's Logo: Yahoo's Logo: Bing's Logo:'s Logo: Baidu's Logo: Sogou's Logo: Crea8site Forums Logo (a SEO forum): Search Engine Roundtable's Logo: Related Entries: Happy New Yea [...]

Ask: Mobile Users Want “Fresh” Information in Real Time

An survey, conducted by Harris Interactive (n=1,538 US mobile phone users), finds that user expectations on mobile devices (especially in a local context) are different vs. the PC. The study is intended in part of promote Ask's Q&A mobile app. But the data also reflect and confirm interesting differences between mobile and PC user attitudes and behavior. The study reveals that mobile users have higher expectations of information and want more "real time" content than they do on the PC. This makes sense given that the needs and interests of most mobile users are more immediate th [...]

Barry Diller No Longer CEO Of IAC,

Reuters reports Barry Diller, the CEO of IAC/InterActiveCorp, which bought Ask years back, is no longer the CEO of the company. Barry Diller recently gave up on with competing with Google, turning back into a Q&A site. Now Diller is the chairman and senior executive of IAC, and the current CEO of IAC portfolio company, Greg Blatt, will take over as the CEO of IAC/InterActiveCorp. Part of this news is that cable company Liberty Media has bought out of the company, trading in their shares of IAC in exchange for $220 million in cash and and Evite, once [...] In 2010: Now Giving Answers

Less than a month ago, we reported that was giving up on search technology (see: To Focus On Q&A Search, End Web Crawling, opting to return to its roots as a Question & Answer site. Now,'s sending off the year (and their search offering) for good (maybe) by releasing the first ever list of Top 10 questions and answers since their beta Q&A community officially launched back in July.’s Top 10 Questions – and Answers – of 2010 What is the best coffee under $10? Users say: Dunkin Donuts Are the new mini net books any good? Users say: Go wi [...]

Happy Thanksgiving From Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask & Others

We wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! This year, like other years, we have a nice array of special logos and backgrounds from the search engines. Google has continued on its theme for the past two days, showing an animated Ina Garen recipe Google logo. Yahoo, Bing, Ask and others all have special logos or backgrounds for the day. Google's Animated Thanksgiving Logo Video: As you can see, clicking on various parts of the logo take you to Thanksgiving recipes from Ina Garten. Google's Static Thanksgiving Logo: Yahoo's animated logo: Yahoo's static logo: [...]

Veteran’s Day & Remembrance Day Logos At Google, Bing &

Today is Veteran's Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom. Google, Bing and have special logos for both, while Yahoo has decided to not participate. Here are the various logos from these search engines. Veteran's Day Logos 2010: Google: Bing: Remembrance Day 2010: Google UK: Bing UK: Ask Jeeves UK: Finally, Poland is celebrating their Independence day and Google has a logo on Google Poland for it: [...] To Focus On Q&A Search, End Web Crawling

Talk about getting back to your roots., which originally used humans to find answers to questions, is going further back to its origins by abandoning its web crawling technology. The Need, Or Not, To Crawl Search engines like Google and Bing try to have answers to anything someone might search for by "crawling" the web, making copies of all the pages they find and storing them in a searchable database, or index. Ask has done the same thing since around 2001, when it acquired the Teoma search engine. Crawling helps ensure that you have a comprehensive index. However, crawling is an [...] Sends Dying Bloglines To Its Friends At MerchantCircle

Die-hard Bloglines users are surely happy to learn today that the IAC-owned RSS reader isn't being shutdown, after all. Bloglines accounts are still active with all subscription-related data intact. Less than two months ago, -- currently in charge of Bloglines -- said the service would be shuttered in a matter of weeks. Today, Ask says Bloglines will be taken over by MerchantCircle, the online small business network that counts Ask's parent company, IAC, as a major investor. But while the headline says "Bloglines Lives!," the stats show otherwise; Bloglines usage -- and RSS usag [...]

Saturday Night Live: Yahoo & AOL Merger Like Two Seniors Dating At A Nursing Home

A couple weeks ago, there were some rumors that AOL may buy Yahoo. This past week's Saturday Night Live's news brief skit with John Mulaney started off talking about that news bit. John Mulaney said, and here is the transcript: First up in the world of technology. I heard this week that AOL might be buying Yahoo. I love it! That is so sweet. It is like when two people in a nursing home start dating. They may not have much time left, but at least they have each other. I love it! You can watch the skit on Hulu, if Hulu allows you to. It is the introductory part of the sn [...]

IAC Boss Barry Diller Disses Ask, Says It Has “No Value”

Like a father disowning his own child IAC's Barry Diller seems to have all but written off the search engine he paid almost two billion dollars for a few short years ago (update: see Barry Diller statement below). According to TechCrunch, Diller told a conference audience (partial paraphrase) that today Ask had "no value." I don’t think is going to gain search share; everyone copied us . . . Ask has no value inside of IAC, so why would it add value as a standalone site? That can't be correct because Ask contributes substantial revenue to the company's Media & Advertising divis [...]

Diller: Was The Little Search Engine That Couldn’t

At one time, IAC's CEO Barry Diller thought his search engine could take on Google. But Diller effectively threw in the towel yesterday on an investors call. Diller downplayed's role in the over IAC company but said he ultimately failed at thinking can compete with Google. Diller said: But one thing I want to make clear to investors is that Ask itself is not a large segment of the company. I had hoped it would become one, but I was wrong about that. I was wrong about the competitive landscape with Google. And a lot of our new features that Ask has been sporting [...]

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