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February 10, 2006

Axe Jeeves

Ask.com is a great domain name. Ask Jeeves was a clever marketing campaign. Now Jeeves is getting heaved. Fine with me.

As a moderately large fan of the Jeeves & Wooster series both on radio and on DVD, I've never quite believed that the search engine was up to the standard of its namesake. Most of the time, I get four advertisements and a referral to About.com. Weak. I'm afraid that I abandoned the electronic Jeeves a long time ago.

Reviewing it today, I rather like the narrowing of questions on the right sidebar. It's too bad that the returned websites aren't quite as direct as you'd expect, which is part of the problem. When I'm asking a specific question, I want a specific answer, so if you're going through the trouble of refining the question, which is quite a clever act, why not deliver a series of direct answers instead of a whole freaking website?

Ask Jeeves might have been, and yet still can be, an auto FAQ. But if it is to be, it will be without Jeeves.

Posted by mbowen at February 10, 2006 10:16 AM

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