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Thread: Any one seen the sad anti Google advert?

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    Any one seen the sad anti Google advert?

    In the UK there has been a silent video advert asking if it is sensible for the vast majority of searches to be made using one search engine? (Google)

    And asking shouldn't you be searching with Ask, instead?

    I stopped using Ask and started using Google some years ago because I found that Google provided a better service. And in my opinion it still does.

    How sad that instead of promoting itself in a positive way, Ask has to stoop to running a 'pity party' advert!
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    Re: Any one seen the sad anti Google advert?

    Kind of a whiny version of the old time Avis "We're #2 and we work harder" genre. I totally agree, people will tend to migrate to the best solution given a long-enough timeline.

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    Re: Any one seen the sad anti Google advert?

    How about a link to that ad please?

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    Re: Any one seen the sad anti Google advert?

    That kind of thing just ends up sounding desperate, and I doubt highly anyone will choose the more desperate of two choices, at least in my opinion.

    Though I admit I search in a fairly narrow bunch of areas, where there isn't high commercialization, and hence, less incentive to game the system, I still find google's returns to show better relevancy, which is why they're still my SE of choice. And yes, I do try the others occasionally, since I'm actually hoping for a shake-up. But truthfully? I haven't tried "Ask" since they ditched the butler (that was them, wasn't it?)

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    Re: Any one seen the sad anti Google advert?

    What is "Ask"?
    < grin >

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    Re: Any one seen the sad anti Google advert?

    Ask is spending a LOT of money trying to re-establish itself in the search engine market. Try looking at the advert (which I haven't seen because there is no link ;o) ) from the point of the view of the common internet user. There is alot of momentum captial to be gained if Google is made to look like the rich corporate giant....instead of the trendy search engine. I'd like to see commercial
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    Re: Any one seen the sad anti Google advert?

    Sounds like election campaign tactics,.. lol.

    This is what is likely to happen:

    1) People go to Ask.com UK - The Other Search Engine
    2) Wonder why it redirects to uk.ask.com while it says ask.co.uk in the image in the page.
    3) do a search
    4) wonder why the results are separated
    5) realize that the separation is caused by a mouse over effect
    6) Try to do another search
    7) search for the search box,.......... ah in the left column.


    Funny thing is that Ask is putting Ask at the top when searching for: search engine. That feels like manipulated results,.. (Yahoo! does that too by the way, but Google and MSN don't)
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    Re: Any one seen the sad anti Google advert?

    I use Ask occasionally and I like it. I find its results as relevant as Gs - often more so. Sounds like the rest of you are not concerned with one corporation controlling access to information. Personally I am very concerned. In spite of Gs reputation of doing no evil, they are an American corp whose very charter mandates profit before people, profits at any cost. I want balance. Yahoo's blown it. Live Search is sad, but Ask is beginning show promise. I haven't seen the commercial, but if its message has been accurately conveyed, I applaud it.

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    Wink Re: Any one seen the sad anti Google advert?

    Quote Originally Posted by RegDCP View Post
    What is "Ask"?
    < grin >

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    Re: Any one seen the sad anti Google advert?

    they are an American corp whose very charter mandates profit before people
    We´re not an american company, but profit before people is a good thing if you ask me. It secures the jobs of the people.
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