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February 02, 2005

Hey, Look What We Found: The Official Ask Jeeves Blog!

So, we're finally settling in from our HQ move in December, and look what we found between server racks 12 & 13: The Ask Jeeves Blog!

When I was invited to post the first entry for Ask Jeeves, I agreed right away. I've been pushing for this ever since they caught me desperately trying to deliver my engineering projects on time while also keeping my feed aggregator numbers low (you know the little number next to the feed title that makes you feel like a neglectful parent when it starts to climb too high). But, I'm actually more of an avid blog reader (is that a bleader?) who dabbles in photo blogging, so I'll just do a short entry about the new office and show you some pics. Check back in the next couple of days for more newsworthy updates than mine.

Ask Jeeves originally started in a yellow two-story building on Parker Street in Berkeley. Then we moved to a four-story brick building in Emeryville. The new building is 21 stories and rumor has it our logo will "adorn" the side of the building at some point. That way everyone on 880 heading to the Bay Bridge can be reminded that the East Bay can bring technology too, baby (I'm an East Bay native so I'm partial). Of course, we only have 2.5 floors of the building right now. But there's always room for more!

Downtown Oakland is definitely an upgrade from Emeryville in terms of accessibility and public transport. There's no Ikea or Pixar, but there are a lot more restaurants we can walk to - including Top Dog, hello!  And hey, my office has a window this time. The weirdest thing about moving is being in a new office with all the same people. When I sat down to my desk the first time, I got a strange sense that I started a job at a new company but everyone else I worked with came along too. It might take a while but it's starting to feel like home.

Here are more photos. I hope you enjoy the Blog.

Erik Collier, Data Engineering Manager

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Welcome to the world of weblogs!

Posted by: Niall Kennedy | Feb 2, 2005 9:13:48 PM

Congratulations guys! We look forward to learn more about all of you and what's new from Ask Jeeves.


Nacho Hernandez
SEW Forums Moderator

Posted by: | Feb 2, 2005 10:31:07 PM

Welcome in this weird world of blogs.

Posted by: frans peter | Feb 3, 2005 12:11:29 AM

Congratulations AskJeeves :)

Posted by: sebastien billard | Feb 3, 2005 1:06:17 AM

Good to see you start an AJ Blog. :)

Posted by: Jason Duke | Feb 3, 2005 4:36:17 AM

Nice offices. Good to see you are blogging now, you were the only ones missing!

Posted by: Craig Wilson | Feb 3, 2005 4:36:24 AM

This is really wonderful! I look forward to hearing from you guys on how we can spam the hell out of you. Kidding of course. It is really great to see that the "big four" all have blogs to communicate.


Posted by: Barry Schwartz | Feb 3, 2005 5:34:44 AM

It's about time! ;-)

Congrats to all who pushed for the blog...let the addiction begin!

Posted by: Andy Beal | Feb 3, 2005 5:50:57 AM

Welcome to the blogging show! Nice to hear from you and meet those pretty girls at AJ ;)

Greetings from Spain!

Posted by: Iván | Feb 3, 2005 5:54:17 AM

I just placed the blog on my favorites. People don't give downtown Oakland its proper due. Congratulations.

Posted by: MikeM | Feb 3, 2005 6:02:57 AM

From one "ask" blogger to another, welcome aboard, Jeeves! Let the raucous partying begin! :-)

Posted by: Dave Taylor | Feb 3, 2005 7:03:03 AM


Posted by: pablotossi | Feb 3, 2005 7:43:10 AM

Congrats, and great timing.

I've been meaning to work Jeeves into the search rotation more this year, and the bold Bloglines folder will be a good reminder. :-)

Posted by: sean | Feb 3, 2005 8:27:13 AM

Welcome - where's the feed?

Posted by: Gary Potter | Feb 3, 2005 8:53:56 AM

Welcome to the world of blogging guys. Its great to see you here

Posted by: Basileios Drolias | Feb 3, 2005 9:06:49 AM

re: feeds

via: the little "Sub with Bloglines" button for Firefox

Posted by: sean | Feb 3, 2005 9:33:19 AM

How about making those feeds full text too?

Posted by: a | Feb 3, 2005 10:20:39 AM

Yes, I'm with Sean on the full text request. And... Welcome!

Posted by: Pamela | Feb 3, 2005 10:46:42 AM

Full text of feeds have been enabled. Enjoy!

Posted by: Jeeves | Feb 3, 2005 11:05:13 AM

Welcome to TypePad! Love the building and looking forward to that sign overlooking the 880!

Posted by: Ian Kennedy | Feb 3, 2005 1:28:35 PM

Finally, it's here. ;-)
Congrats !

Posted by: Ng Wai Mun | Feb 3, 2005 9:41:59 PM

welcome to the club :-)

Posted by: emad fanous | Feb 3, 2005 11:27:42 PM

Did you guys see the "nofollow" directive suggested by Google here ( ? Any comments? I think it is a waste of time. Will not work?
What is the general opinion on this?


Posted by: NotAJeevesGuy | Feb 4, 2005 12:20:22 AM

All the best to the AskJeeves team. We look forward to following your blog postings.

Posted by: Mario Sanchez | Feb 4, 2005 4:43:56 PM

Ummmm ... my guess is that since this blog is using "nofollow" they are aware of it ... ;-)

Posted by: alek | Feb 5, 2005 2:16:20 PM

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