Ask: In Trouble

October 11, 2008

CNet ran a Web 2.0 deathwatch article on October 10, 2008. The company that caught my attention was Ask.com, Barry Diller’s killer search system. Well, Mr. Diller terminated with extreme prejudice Jeeves, the cartoon logo that I liked. Bang, Jeeves. Now, according to Rafe Needleman, Ask.com may be troubled. You can read his story “11 Troubled Web Companies: The Next Kozmos?” here. The write up about Ask.com is short, so I won’t quote any of Mr. Needleman’s material. My question is, “Is this a surprise?” Maybe I should start my own search deathwatch? I have some patients in mind. Just a thought. Just a thought.

Stephen Arnold, October 11, 2008

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