Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Ask.com (formerly Ask Jeeves) has just got sexy.
I have to give a round of applause to Ask for their new search layouts, and I firmly believe the new changes will have a great response from the online community.
So what has changed?
Firstly Ask has added a new 'Skins' application to it's homepage where users can choose different images as the background rather than just a plain white background. Simple, but effective.
Secondly Ask has developed a way of displaying search results to rival Google's Universal Search. Take the screen grab below for example. A search for "jessica simpson" brings up her Wikipedia page with the main search results below.
More interestingly are the left and right sidebars. Ask.com will also provide other search suggestions such as "jessica simpson songs" and also an Expand your search section which provides other details such as what films she was in and similar celebrities.
What I really like though is the right sidebar. Ask will provide image and video results where applicable and also any mentions of Jessica Simpson in online news or blog posts. The layout is much cleaner than Google's Universal Search and all the main information required is 'above the fold' - i.e. you don't have to scroll down to find more relevant information.
Ask may have a search engine market share of around 5% but I've got a feeling that might increase on the back of this new launch. Top marks.
Labels: search engines
Friday, June 01, 2007
After a short absence, David Beckham has finally returned to the England squad to face Brazil and Estonia. Following my last post about bringing Beckham back, Steve McClaren has finally had to give in to Beckham's superb form of late.
Many congratulations to my former colleage who set up the site Bringbackbeckham.com - he (and thousands others) finally got their wish.
I am one of the lucky ones who will be at the England v Brazil game and am looking forward to what should be a great game. Beckham starts of the right with the skilled trio of of Gerrard, Lampard and Cole next to him. Not forgetting of course that Owen makes his long awaited retrun to the England fold also.
There are still question marks over Beckham's England future after his move to LA, but let's just savour the next two games and take it one step at a time.