Wednesday, March 1, 2006

R.I.P. Jeeves

www.ask.com

Two days ago, the well known search engine, Ask Jeeves, made a major change to their image. Believe it or not, Jeeves is gone. They are now simply Ask.com and they've redesigned their whole interface to make it more user-friendly. This change stems from the company's efforts to catch up to Google.

We'll be sorry to see him go. Here's Jeeves' official retirement page.

But this brings up an interesting point. With Google being so powerful and so trusted, should users try other services? Companies like Yahoo, MSN, and others are all adding new services and tools to attract users, and some of them are pretty cool. But so is Google. I honestly don't know...I like seeing new toys and tools from other companies, but Google consistently meets my needs, so why use something else?

What do you think?

4 comments:

  1. Shelsy2:56 PM

    well, personally i tend to prefer jeeves (or whatever was formerly known as jeeves--God rest his soul..) to google sometimes if i'm actually trying to find an answer to a question--not just information on something. for everything else (regarding searches) it's google.

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  2. Personally I'm a believer in the best product not company. I know that many of the services offered by Google are not always the best for example, Google Desktop (Don't kill me Ryan:-). There are better products then GD out there. Plus you have all the personal info problems with Google as well. Not that I have anything against Google, it's just I like to shop around.

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  3. I think you have way too much time on your hands ;-).

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  4. Aaron8:43 PM

    Personaly I don't notice all that big a difference between searches with google verses yahoo!, most of the time I get the same pages either way. And there are still things I like better about yahoo mail than gmail...Over all I think google wins, but its far from perfect.

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