AskEraser, Does it Erase Your Search Results?

Dec 11, 2007 • 7:51 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under - Ask Jeeves

I wrote a long post on the launch of AskEraser at Search Engine Land, titled, Launches AskEraser Giving Searches Ability To Search Anonymously. But honestly, if you think about it, AskEraser does not erase data, it is a bad name.

AskEraser just prevents data from being written to's servers. It is not like data is being written and then Ask is erasing the data. It is simply not being written in the first place. So maybe should rename the tool to something else?

Anyway, if you go to, you should see a link to AskEraser. When activated, it won't store data such as IP address, User ID, Session ID, and the complete query text in their databases, cookies or log files for that search. If you turn it off, it will store that data. If you turn it on, you won't get Ask personalized results.

Here is what it looks like:

Ask Eraser

The FAQ is at this page and again, I have a large walk through at Search Engine Land.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Scott Clark

12/11/2007 01:17 pm

I'm always blown away by product/service naming. If they wanted to make a point, why not look at the privacy complaints out. Name it something that offers comfort and gives people another reason to use Why not something like "Quiet Search."

Jaan Kanellis

12/11/2007 01:58 pm

Look at this from a layperson point of view and it makes sense. Look at from a industry expert point of view and I agree with you.


01/10/2008 01:16 am

Hey! The naming is correct. Ask actually writes the searches to disk. Then they erase it in hours. Sounds silly but please someone read the FAQ. Anyway, quite a good feature me thinks.

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