Ask Jeeves, www.ask.com Review

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TomPhil's review of Ask Jeeves, www.ask.com

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“Ask Jeeves must have the world's best marketing...”

Written on: 23/10/2003 by TomPhil (1 review written)

Good Points
A pretty picture of a butler.

Bad Points
Very few listed sites, very deceptive.

General Comments
Ask Jeeves must have the world's best marketing campaign, because it is the world's worst search engine.



Many people use Ask Jeeves because it has a picture of a butler, and they like the novelty of asking the butler a question. They also think that using a search engine like Google is more complicated.



Let me tell you something. Both Google and Ask Jeeves work in the same way. They remove all the unimportant words from your query (like "and", "it", etc.) and then search through websites for the words which you are looking for.



You can ask Google or Jeeves questions, but you are only wasting your own time, as only the key words from your question are searched on. Google will tell you what words it has omitted, Jeeves does not.



The big difference between Jeeves and Google or Alltheweb, though, is the amount of websites listed. Ask Jeeves has far fewer than search engines like Google and Alltheweb, and therefore you are unlikely to get as much information.



If you use Ask Jeeves, you are being conned. Google and Alltheweb may look boring, and may not tell you that you can ask a question. If you want to ask a question to Google, then you can. It will handle it in exactly the same way Jeeves does.



There are two differences between Ask Jeeves and a proper search engine like Google or Alltheweb.



1) Ask Jeeves has a picture of a butler.

2) Ask Jeeves has far fewer sites listed.



So, what will it be? A picture of a butler, or coming up with the site you actually want.

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Mrpeace's Response to TomPhil's Review

Written on: 03/08/2004

Your review does seem a little harsh, Jeeves seems a nice guy, and very well mannered, he always has a smile on his face and always welcome you with "God Morning" or "Good Afternoon"...sorry just kiddin. On a serious note... you do seem to have a bit of experience with a few different search engines, I on the other hand do not. I have always used Jeeves to search for things and not really had much of a problem. But I am going to mark your review as helpful and give google a try so that I can post a review here.

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278592_Tananelson's Response to TomPhil's Review

Written on: 16/02/2007

i think ask .com is the best search engine, google in my opinion google uses some of the words you type in your search but thats about it the results are extremly far fetched i like ask .com because it searches for exactly what you typed in the search box pluss gives you a list of diffrent ways to search for it

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Oneota's Response to TomPhil's Review

Written on: 31/10/2006

I tried Ask Jeeves a few times, and I was disgusted. I hope he irons better than he answers!

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