Ask.com gives up on search market, focuses on Q&A

Jos

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Ask.com 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. Ask.com says it will still offer a search option. However, like Yahoo, which outsourced its search technology to Microsoft, Ask.com will stop working on its own algorithm and instead hire an unnamed third-party.

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Guest

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
 

zogo

Posts: 53   +0
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.
 
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Jibberish18

I was actually using ASK.com 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 $.
 

gwailo247

Posts: 2,006   +18
Ah, Ask Jeeves...that brings me back. I think I was using dogpile at the time before Google came on the scene.
 

ryan29121

Posts: 174   +1
Ask.com sucks anyways. I get so annoyed how so many programs want to install ask.com toolbar. Im surprised they stuck around this long.
 

treetops

Posts: 3,064   +784
thats what happens when a program tries to shove its toolbar down my our throats from every other program we download
 

buttus

Posts: 180   +0
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.
 

gayfish

Posts: 8   +0
funny --only people using ask.com would be who were too lazy to deselect ask.com toolbar bundled in all kind of software..
 

poertner_1274

Posts: 3,874   +3
I've always been annoyed by their toolbar as well, but seriously, you just hit DON'T INSTALL.

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

fritz123

Posts: 56   +0
google is getting all the users. i even used ask.com before too. but it has all those toolbar installs. so i used google instead. i dont think many people still rely on ask.com so maybe this move was the way to go. as if they could catch up with google anyway.
 

captaincranky

Posts: 16,498   +5,305
Oh man, people ranting about the Ask toolbar. Can't you realize that was probably just one of the few revenue sources they had. It seems it wasn't enough to keep the search engine alive.
Think about the free software you are using. With Ask out of the equation they might have to charge you for the software.
I didn't see this many people complaining when Adobe was installing the Google toolbar with every Flash Player download. Last time I checked over 90% of the PC users have Flash installed, that is more than any free Ask sponsored software will ever be able to cover.
And speaking of Google, when I installed Chrome it automatically installed a plug-in in Firefox (God knows why) called Google Update. Have you ever tried to remove it from Firefox? I removed all the necessary files, edited the registry, it was gone until I updated Chrome when it reappeared. I couldn't find any permanent solution to remove it.
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.