Is Ask.com's Web Search Technology Falling Apart?

Nov 3, 2008 • 7:26 am | comments (1) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Ask.com - Ask Jeeves
 

A WebmasterWorld thread has pretty sad reports about the current status of Ask.com's web search technology. The thread reports the following issues:

  • Search results per page shift between 10 per page and go down to about 5 per page, depending on the page you are viewing.
  • Many of the results for one-keyword search terms return results with a matching title tag, exactly - they call this a huge "page-title correlation."
  • Many of those results are very outdated, even showing 404 not-found results.
  • WebmasterWorld moderated added that many of the binoculars statistical results are outdated, slow or just don't work anymore.

The issue with WebmasterWorld is that you cannot post specific examples.

It is sad to me that whenever I report news or topics related to Ask.com these days, they are always negative.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Comments:

robert

11/04/2008 07:10 am

It's sad that Ask.com seems to have pretty much fallen into obscurity, I must however point out that I would still rate them the best for image search. But lets face it, they are just too small to cover all things as Google, MSN or Yahoo! try to do. Perhaps as a vertical search they might prove more successful?

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