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Jeeves Fired February 28, 2006

Posted by Michael McVey in Information, Online Tools.

jeeves  Yesterday I read a piece in my backlog of e-mail that the AskJeeves.com search site had fired Jeeves the butler. It seems the original idea of providing a tool for users to ask questions in natural language, such as “What is the capital of Morocco?? did not work out as well as they had hoped.

Now the folks at ask.com have re-tooled their web site to highlight their perception that they are a better search engine than Google.com. Coincidentally, one of my students did a search engine presentation today and her choice of engine was Teoma.com. However, that site has been absorbed (I am not sure if purchased is the correct word) by ask.com.

We all determined to see what the fuss was all about and, to our surprise, we quite liked the site as a class. Ask.com had neatly laid out search organization in a box on the right-hand side of the site; it had organized it logically and intuitively including links to bloglines.com and the tools that many of us deemed essential to searching on the web.

I may just have to retired Google for a while.

ASIDE: Education Week will publish my reflections on curriculum from a previous two-part post titled “Seeds in Winter.?



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