If you have questions Ask.com will have the answers.
By Jeeves started in 1996 as a web search engine. In 2006 it became AskJeeves.com.
By late 2010 and in the face of fierce competition from other search
engine sites, Ask had to revert back to its roots, re-emerging as a questions and answer site.
By garnering information from its Q&A community and making use of its vast archive of data, Ask was able to move forward.
Ask further reinforced its information database by outsourcing its search material to an unnamed search engine provider.
What is Ask?
Ask still supports keyword searches and has supplemented its web browser experience with answers to conversion, math and dictionary questions.
The company was able to strengthen its question and answer service with the purchase of the Lexico Publishing Group in 2008 which included Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com and Reference.com in its stable.
Ask.com now reaches more than 100 million users globally every month.
How to sign in
If you have a question, simply go to the www.ask.com website.
However, if you want to join the Ask community, then these are the steps you will have to follow:
- Visit www.ask.com and click on the Sign In button
- Then click on the Don’t have an account? Sign up button
- In the required box enter your email address and create a password and username for your account.
- You will then have to re-enter your password
- A security image will appear asking you to type in the words in another box
- Click on the Continue button
- Follow the instructions to complete your sign up process
How to retrieve your log in details
If you forget your password, go to the www.ask.com site and click on Forgot Password.
Ask will send a new password to your email address.
If that doesn’t help, visit http://asksupport.custhelp.com/app/answers/list.
Why you have to sign up
If you want quick answers to your questions, Ask will provide the answers.
Its dictionary answers are also extremely useful, what with its acquisition of Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com.
Over the years Ask has come under severe criticism for its intrusive browser toolbar that is said to act as malware.
It has also been severely criticized for installing unwanted software.
In the last 18 months alone, Ask has sent out 11 updates, six of which contained fixes for critical security issues.
What you get
Another hugely popular feature offered by the company is Askfm.
Today this platform boasts 180 million followers in 49 languages and from 150 countries worldwide.
Its main attraction, particularly among younger viewers, is its anonymous policy.
Prior to its acquisition by Ask in 2014, Askfm was heavily criticized for allowing cyber bullying by its users.
You can access the Ask site worldwide, including America, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Japan and the southern hemisphere.
Mobile, android, iPhone and smartphone
Available on the Ask.com website is a mobile Q&A app for iPhones which has already recorded two downloads.
Askfm is also available as a mobile app. This web-based app generates in the region of an estimated 20 000 questions a minute with 45% of its monthly active mobile users logging in every day.
The mobile app has already been downloaded by more than 40 million users.
Security and privacy issues
As stated earlier, the biggest criticism of the ask.com is that the site “attaches” itself to user browsers and, once installed, the software is difficult to uninstall.
It has also been accused of redefining browser home pages to ask.com when users unwittingly install the software.
If you want to uninstall ask.com from your browser there are several sites that give you step-by-step instructions, depending on which search engine you use.
Cool stuff to do
Although primarily a question and answer site, ask.com’s FM app is extremely popular and used by millions of people worldwide.
How does Ask make money
Ask.com is owned by the InterActiveCorp, a multi-billion dollar American based internet and media company.
Known as the IAC, the company owns over 150 brands in 100 countries.
Its headquarters are based in New York and its CEO is Joey Levin, former head of the organization’s Search and Applications division.
Take-aways about Ask.com
Launched in 1996 as Ask Jeeves, and since its acquisition by the IAC in 2005, Ask.com has spent the last 18 years to provide users with apps to search and to find answers from any destination and with any device.
Part of IAC Applications, Ask Applications is home to hundreds of browser and mobile apps such as Television Fanatic, Gaming Wonderland and Weather Whiskers in categories such as lifestyle, entertainment and utilities. The group includes a business solutions unit dedicated to building partnerships that provide valuable browser utility applications to major software companies around the world.
The ask.com site is ranked 107 globally and 194 in the United States.
It is owned by the InterActiveCorp (IAC) which bought the site in 2005 when it was still known as AskJeeves.
The original AskJeeves site launched in 1996 in Berkeley, California and was the brainchild of Garrett Gruener and David Warthen.
Today the Ask.com’s corporate headquarters are situated in downtown Oakland, California.
Keep login details safe
Remember that Ask.com collects information your location, your computer, mobile phone and other hand-held devices.
Depending on the information you share, it will know your age, gender, email address and surfing preferences.
You must always, always, keep your login details safe by never sharing your password with anyone else.
It is best to change your password on a regular basis to keep both your privacy and security safe from prying eyes and internet hackers.
Do so by visiting the www.ask.com site and clicking on the Change Password button.
If, for some reason, that doesn’t work, visit http://asksupport.custhelp.com/app/answers/list.