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Old 09-14-2004   #1
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Ask Jeeves Butler Goes Missing!

What are you guys expecting? Looking forward to it

http://sp.ask.com/docs/mj/default.htm
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I think that is most likely a marketing ploy.

I do expect for them to eventually show less ads / format them in a different way, and integrate more of that smartsearch technology stuff

I also think they should offer an optional visual clustering tool (like http://www.touchgraph.com/TGGoogleBrowser.html ) for marketing purposes
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Hopefully the butler is off updating his "out of date" index.
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Picked up some press http://networks.silicon.com/webwatch...9123954,00.htm
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>What are you guys expecting?

Its all a smokescreen, he is headed to London this Saturday for an SEO party.

Don't tell his boss though.
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Lightbulb The butler tuning his template?

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What are you guys expecting? Looking forward to it

http://sp.ask.com/docs/mj/default.htm
Muscle--I expect to see a re-design of the website. A minimalist presentation like Google but not as stark. Right side sponsored ads should be expected too. A toning down of the red color theme should also be expected.
Just guessing and hopeful.
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David - I am hoping for that too
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In honor of your relentless and fruitful search for the butler--->

http://www.ask.co.uk/events/lostjeev...e=Ask%20Muscle
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Old 09-19-2004   #9
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Google have kidnapped him and are cloning him for their dastardly deeds.
http://images.google.co.uk/images?q=...=Google+Search

Meanwhile, Ask are desperately trying to assert their own small but significant market share, in the face of strong publicity this year for Google (IPO), Yahoo! ("new" spider and SERPs) and MSN's new system in beta.

With all that going on, it would be potential marketing suicide to not try and rekindle some attention with their own publicity gimmick.
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In honor of your relentless and fruitful search for the butler--->

http://www.ask.co.uk/events/lostjeev...e=Ask%20Muscle
LOL! Thanks. Still think desktop search is going to change the industry more than personalization but haven't read anything about Tukaroo lately.
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Concerning Tukaroo. Dated info but excellent

http://www.rednova.com/news/stories/.../story114.html
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In honor of your relentless and fruitful search for the butler--->

http://www.ask.co.uk/events/lostjeev...e=Ask%20Muscle
That is impressive... congrats muscle
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In addition to updated index the butler may come with better algorithm of delivering results and rankings and/or with new smart search features.

From my experience, I do not see any significant improvement in web search since 2003 summer, when all major SEs upgraded their indexes and I cannot find any effect from the later upgrades. (Well, maybe except of some new features such as Smart Search additions or desktop search brought up by Lycos). I believe it is time for something new in search technology and it will probably come from Google Labs or Ask/Teoma, the major innovators in the sector nowadays. We can also expect something interesting from Yahoo/MSN, but less likely, IMHO.
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Old 09-20-2004   #14
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I've split the discussion of Ask Jeeves getting personal features and new local results into these two threads:

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Nice split. I am thinking maybe the butler is missing because we are no longer asking Mr. Jeeves for his advice. Maybe we are asking a bunch of Mr. and Mrs. Jeeves's for their advice based on our personal preferences.
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Ah - The Family Jeeves. What nice wholsome marketing opportunities that could suggest.
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Old 09-21-2004   #17
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Great article Gary

http://searchenginewatch.com/searchd...le.php/3410441
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So it looks like our Mr. Jeeves got a makeover. Here is an article on this topic alone.

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Saw this is SlashDot
http://apnews.excite.com/article/200...D85815E00.html

Guess they are telling us about it in a flash file.
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Old 09-21-2004   #20
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Favorite quote of the day from the AP article -

"Google is not better than us," said Jim Lanzone, an Ask Jeeves senior vice president.
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