gives up on search market, focuses on Q&A

By Jos ยท 19 replies
Nov 10, 2010
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  1. is giving up on search to focus on its Q&A business, admitting that it can't catch up to leaders like Google and Microsoft's Bing. It's estimated that the site currently has somewhere between 2 and 4 percent share of the U.S. online search market. says it will still offer a search option. However, like Yahoo, which outsourced its search technology to Microsoft, will stop working on its own algorithm and instead hire an unnamed third-party.

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  2. Cryptopsy

    Cryptopsy TS Enthusiast Posts: 47

    Google is the wall-mart of the search engine :p It takes all the market
  3. now its time to celebrate for all the ppl like me, that hates their annoying toolbar and ugly practice to replace the default search engine
  4. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    See ya, was nice knowing you.
  5. will they give up from getting installed by random programs?
  6. zogo

    zogo TS Rookie Posts: 53

    Actually they are pretty good at their Q&A business. Obviously they know what's their strong side so it's a smart strategy focusing on it.
  7. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    I was actually using for a while. I really liked it. It was always trying to differentiate itself. I stopped because it did something to piss me off. Added some feature that felt like bloatware. Wikipedia shows that they seem to make good $.
  8. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Ah, Ask Jeeves...that brings me back. I think I was using dogpile at the time before Google came on the scene.
  9. ryan29121

    ryan29121 TS Booster Posts: 174 sucks anyways. I get so annoyed how so many programs want to install toolbar. Im surprised they stuck around this long.
  10. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,069   +218

    thats what happens when a program tries to shove its toolbar down my our throats from every other program we download
  11. buttus

    buttus TS Enthusiast Posts: 180

    At least this is one example of a company just bitting the bullet and admitting the truth. Yahoo SHOULD have done that years earlier themselves which is why they have faded so very badly. Always market to your strengths.
  12. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 158

    Smart move.
  13. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    I haven't used Ask Jeeves since i was in elementary school
  14. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,648   +1,091

    it has 2-4 % because it installs with a lot of free software which always annoys people who don't kwon how to uninstall them.
  15. ruzveh

    ruzveh Banned Posts: 123

  16. gayfish

    gayfish TS Rookie

    funny --only people using would be who were too lazy to deselect toolbar bundled in all kind of software..
  17. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    I've always been annoyed by their toolbar as well, but seriously, you just hit DON'T INSTALL.

    I've never personally used, so I'm not sure what I'm going to miss..
  18. xcelofjkl

    xcelofjkl TS Rookie Posts: 86

    Google simply gobbling up the competition.
  19. fritz123

    fritz123 TS Rookie Posts: 56

    google is getting all the users. i even used before too. but it has all those toolbar installs. so i used google instead. i dont think many people still rely on so maybe this move was the way to go. as if they could catch up with google anyway.
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,961   +2,516

    Uninstall Chrome. Did you really think that Chrome was free software? I suppose it is, if you don't count Google's nose being up your a**. Everything Google gives you, has"Google Update.exe" as the door prize.

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