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(Wired)   Ask Jeeves removes butler from adverts. Hopes punters will visit website looking for him. Oh how we laughed   (wired.com) divider line 79
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2003-08-11 06:07:37 PM  
This AskJeeves thing is still around
 
2003-08-11 06:08:04 PM  
I believe it's not just "ask.com"
 
2003-08-11 06:08:19 PM  
"Although the company says its search engine is 'second to none,' it isn't getting much respect."

Yeah, your search engine is second to none in not being able to find any meaningful hits.
 
2003-08-11 06:08:22 PM  
Boobies Woohooo!!!

GEAH can suck my balls
 
2003-08-11 06:09:01 PM  
sh|t missed it!

/arrgh
 
2003-08-11 06:09:07 PM  
oh. clever.
/sarcasm
 
2003-08-11 06:09:45 PM  
good try Microbe missed out by a minute, tho.
 
udo
2003-08-11 06:10:53 PM  
I never saw the butler. Probably because google doesn't use him.
 
2003-08-11 06:11:18 PM  
On a related note about Jeeves..I had a question that google could not answer this weekend. I couldn't find it for shiat! I hit up Jeeves, and it came up on the first page of hits.

I nearly cried that google failed me that 1 time.
 
2003-08-11 06:13:40 PM  
heh heh, man that woulda rocked!
 
2003-08-11 06:15:14 PM  
Heh, 5th out of 5, not too shabby.
 
2003-08-11 06:16:22 PM  
One of my coworkers recommended I use askjeeves.com to do a search.

Oh how I laughed at the asshat.
 
2003-08-11 06:16:36 PM  
I've used it a few times. It's ok I guess. The butler had nothing to do with me using it. Although he did try to kill me with a candlestick on more than one occasion.
 
2003-08-11 06:17:16 PM  
anyone ever see jeeve's old response if you asked is he was "gay" ?
 
2003-08-11 06:17:25 PM  
the butler, with the candlestick, in the library
 
2003-08-11 06:19:38 PM  
God, I hate that term "punters" - don't know why, it just bugs the shiat out of me.
 
2003-08-11 06:19:42 PM  
Ask WHO?!
 
2003-08-11 06:20:09 PM  
Yeah, I was hoping to try out the SPAM trick where if you are the "numero uno person" to "enter some text", it'll increase your time 12 hours and everyone gets to read your post, over, and over and over.........

Maybe I'll be more lucky next time ;-)
 
2003-08-11 06:20:17 PM  
Jeeves once touched me inappropriately.
 
2003-08-11 06:20:40 PM  
And... I have a life.

What's a punter?
 
2003-08-11 06:20:48 PM  
I interviewed at AskJeeves about 3 years ago. Back then that place was crammed full of people all running around in extreme frenzy. Now it must a be a ghost town there. Glad I didn't get the job.
 
2003-08-11 06:21:16 PM  
So they are targetting Tom Tupa and Todd Sauerbrun for their search engine? Huh.
 
2003-08-11 06:22:31 PM  
what is a "punter" anyway?

that guy who kicks in football?
 
2003-08-11 06:22:43 PM  
here...



 
2003-08-11 06:23:06 PM  
Why would they narrow their demographic to strictly non-point scoring football kickers?
 
2003-08-11 06:23:09 PM  
AskJeeves was pretty cool when it came out. A novelty at the most. However, they sold out, and any meaningful hits are usually bought and paid for. I usually get better results from google making queries in "human" form.

Where are da boobies! (doh, lotsa birds)
where are da female boobies?
 
2003-08-11 06:23:33 PM  
CRAP. copy and paste

http://sp.ask.com/docs/about/isjeevesgay.html
 
2003-08-11 06:23:52 PM  
Ask Jeeves: Just like Google, only it just searches through advertisements and takes 15 minutes to load. Why wouldn't you want to use it?
 
2003-08-11 06:23:58 PM  
eddie_irvine
my question exactly.
 
2003-08-11 06:24:12 PM  
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2003-08-11 06:24:19 PM  
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2003-08-11 06:24:40 PM  
I'm sure this will be wildly successful.
 
2003-08-11 06:25:19 PM  
Why would anybody not use Google?
 
2003-08-11 06:25:52 PM  
I usually try to present a more substantial and reasoned argument than to say something sucks ... but Ask Jeeves sucks.

Google these days may be dominated by the first five pages of sites selling things similar to what you searched for, but it's still better than Ask Jeeves.
 
2003-08-11 06:26:14 PM  
Am I confused, or is this as stupid as it sounds? Do they really expect people to see a butler-less ad, wonder, "Hey, did they get rid of that butler mascot?!", and visit the site to get the full story on the butler?
 
2003-08-11 06:27:36 PM  
I have got to get my eyes checked. I could swear the headline said butter.
 
2003-08-11 06:28:14 PM  
so it is a football guy? c'mon people. not all of us are computer-term savy.
 
2003-08-11 06:29:35 PM  
What?
 
2003-08-11 06:29:56 PM  
 
2003-08-11 06:30:37 PM  
Hey, ask 'Is Jeeves gay?'.
 
2003-08-11 06:31:39 PM  
Is this one of them there satire links?
 
2003-08-11 06:35:44 PM  
Just like Google. Except it never comes up with anything close to what your looking for.
 
2003-08-11 06:41:39 PM  
Crikey! That bloomin' headline's got more Brit innit than a pram falling off the lift into the boot of a lorry!
 
udo
2003-08-11 06:44:03 PM  
Ask jeeves "Is jeeves well hung?"

haha
 
2003-08-11 06:44:46 PM  
 
2003-08-11 06:45:03 PM  
I think the search engine should be named "Ask Jesus".
 
2003-08-11 06:51:06 PM  
I think the search engine should be named "Ask Jesus".

..or "Felch Father O'Mallory". Well, maybe "Ask Jeeves" is better after all.
 
2003-08-11 06:53:32 PM  
I just want to know once and for all, what would Jesus do? I figure if he had a website, he could tell me.
 
2003-08-11 06:53:51 PM  
can someone please tell me what, oh what, a punter is.

thanking you in advance,
-goodVsbad
 
2003-08-11 06:54:19 PM  
Why don't people visit? Cause it sucks as a search engine.
 
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