Ask.com Translates Girl Speak

 
 
By Steve Bryant  |  Posted 2006-08-30 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ask.com smiles All the heavy news about Google isn't getting Ask.com down in the mouth. Their CEO may not be joining a big company board, and they may not be releasing online services to compete with Microsoft Live. Still, they're all smiles.

Starting today, Ask.com will return a definition when you enter an emoticon in the search box. You can now search for :) :p or any combination thereof. You can also search for acronym definitions, such as LOL, BRB, and ROTFLMAO. So next time you're talking to an overzealous and over-caffeinated PR rep, just go to Ask.com to figure out what the hell she's saying. (You can't define emoticons with Google, even with their "define:" operator, one of my favorites.)

Ask.com has had some gains recently, according to ComScore, and they're currently the #4 search engine with about 5.4% of all queries. That's a gain relative to their competitors, but still below their 2005 numbers.

Also: Check out Phil's new acronyms at Google Blogoscoped.

 
 
 
 
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