30 November 2009

Ask.com for Answers to Questions

Ask.com has always been a slightly different type of search engine. Beginning with the butler Jeeves, through several transitions which did not improve market share, the latest rendition of Ask.com wants to reinvent the question and answer engine.

You will ask a question and the answers displayed will be ranked by algorithms, not by page rank or other SEO tools. In addition to traditional search search technology, the engine will tap into a network of people to provide answers in real time.

Ask Reimagines Search, Adds Relevance Algorithms, Real-Time Capabilities
The revamped engine required new sets of algorithms, such as question pattern-matching that can identify the type of question by its structure. The algorithm identifies a how question as having a different format than a when question. The when looks similar to data, while the how question looks similar to an exclamation,
So, we may have a search engine that actually answers the questions we have, regardless of keywords, paid insertions or PPC bids. This could signal the start of a improvement in search that goes far beyond the G@@gle.


13 comments:

Jason said...

I never really thought about using Ask.com...I'll go check it out ;)

Live Point said...

i like ask search engine.

Phil Pacific said...

Very interesting article. I'll check it out. Thanks!

Jhunkar said...

I like Ask and it really helps me.

tommy said...

i can say Ask.com search engine is more relevant than google. but i don't know why they cannot defeat google

Baju said...

Which one better? google? ask? yahoo?

rusty said...

people say that ask.com is more relevant than google, but i'm not sure aboout it..

rajesh said...

it is very good search engine

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Angus - Freelance Web Designer said...

Ask really is a good search engine for answering questions. I love the idea that they might have people answering live questions! Google does it's best to give the most relevant results, the reason that ask is so more relevant is that it prompts you to ask a specific question. If you asked google the same question I wonder how the results would match up???

Mike The Marketing Man said...

Sorry for commenting on a bit of an older post, but I've been seeing some great changes at Ask.com. In particular, Ask seems to really have kicked into high-gear with matching answers in web documents with questions.

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