Back when Ask Jeeves (www.askjeeves.com
or www.ask.com) came
to the Web in the late 1990s, the premise was great – ask a question, get
an answer (or a few choice selections).
Ask Jeeves was billed as the “natural language” search
engine which meant you supposedly didn’t have to know about key words or
Boolean search techniques. Users felt they were getting a very smart search engine
that understood them in the language they spoke.
In reality, it was more than 100 human editors who were fielding the posed
questions, doing web research of their own and then providing a focused set of
Today, Ask Jeeves is like most other crawler-based search engines in the way
it provides users with search results. In the case of Ask Jeeves, the search is
powered by Teoma
Ask Jeeves initially gained fame in 1998 and 1999 as being the "natural
language" search engine that let you search by asking questions and responded
with what seemed to be the right answer to everything.
In reality, technology wasn't what made Ask Jeeves perform so well. Behind
the scenes, the company at one point had about 100 editors who monitored search
logs. They then went out onto the web and located what seemed to be the best sites
to match the most popular queries.
Today, Ask Jeeves instead depends on crawler-based technology
to provide results to its users. These results come from the Teoma
search engine that it owns, which is described below.
Ask Jeeves also owns the Direct Hit service, but results from Direct Hit are
no longer offered to the public directly through the Direct Hit site.
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