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Ask Jeeves - Popular Search Engines
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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 search results.

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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Here’s a quick look at the top Internet search engines:

Search Engines

  • Google
  • All The Web
  • Yahoo!
  • MSN Search
  • AOL Search
  • Ask Jeeves
  • Teoma
  • HotBot
  • Lycos
  • AltaVista
  • Netscape Search
  • WiseNut
  • Open Directory
  • Inktomi
  • Looksmart

Additional Search Engine Resources

  • Other search engines
  • Web Site Directories
  • Search Engine Lists

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