Ask a question
Although Ask Jeeves no longer exists (In 2006 the company phased Jeeves out of its website and changed the home page to Ask.com) the technology behind Ask Jeeves was pioneering. Most search engines, particularly a few years ago, required the user to put in the correct keywords in order to get the results that they were looking for. With Ask Jeeves however, the user simply has to type in the question that they are looking for an answer to. They do not have to focus on particular keywords, instead the user types an actual question or sentence such as someone might formulate in conversation. This type of search is beneficial to people who aren't that familiar with using Internet search engines.
Computer searches for results
Ask Jeeves uses a natural language search algorithm to search for the users answer. It does this by using a programmed computer logic that allows the program to pinpoint the keywords in that sentence. The program will then search for those keywords just like any other search engine. Natural language search algorithms are more common nowadays. Other programs have been created using the natural language search algorithm such as Powerset, however, when Ask Jeeves was first created in 1996, this way of searching was revolutionary.
Search Results Page
Once the user has typed in their question and clicked "search" the user will see a new page with a listing of the search results. Ask.com now has its own search technology which delivers results to the user. In addition, the user will also find sponsored results. These sponsored results come from Google and are based on pay for performance search listings, meaning that advertisers have to bid for a place on this list, based on certain keywords. In addition, Ask.com has a listing of popular other related searches based on the keywords that the algorithm found in the user's question. When the search engine was still known as Ask Jeeves the results would have been slightly different. Ask Jeeves did not have a propriety search engine like Ask.com has. The results would have come from the search engine Teoma, which was acquired by Ask Jeeves in 2001 and now powers the Ask.com search engine. Along with the Teoma results, Ask Jeeves would have had more possible questions that the user could ask, based on their original question. Ask Jeeves also provided results for Looksmart and Sprinks based on the keywords in the user's question.