Ask Adds RSS Smart Answers

Jul 21, 2006 • 7:14 am | comments (0) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Ask.com - Ask Jeeves
 

Ask.com has launched a new Smart Answer that pulls sites RSS feeds based on the style of query. Gary Price was very involved in this release that was announced last night on the Ask.com blog. If you conduct a search on seroundtable you will notice at the top of the results appear this.

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A query on seroundtable is navigational in nature, so why not show the RSS results? Smart... Last night a query on Search Engine Roundtable (1) did not return the RSS results and (2) did not rank this site number one. Both seem to have been fixed.

Not all navigational searches will bring you these results. Sites without RSS feeds obviously won't benefit from this feature. Also, Ask.com only used the "most popular feeds chosen by our users in Bloglines." Soon they will expand this out to more feeds. I give this two thumbs up.

Forum discussion at Search Engine Watch Forums.

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