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May 28, 2010

Memorial Day 2010

It's hard to find sufficient words of gratitude to thank our service men and women and their families for the sacrifices they make on our nation's behalf.  For those of us who have not served in the armed forces it can be difficult to fully appreciate the depth of their commitment to the unalienable rights upon which the United States was founded: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  We are in their debt for all that they do and, in order to express our thanks, we are dedicating our homepage to them on Memorial Day.

The Employees of Ask.com


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May 24, 2010

Introducing Related Questions

Some of you are likely familiar with our Related Searches offering, where we provide suggestions that are related to your current query. In Related Searches we offer you suggestions that help you further narrow your topic or expand your topic and also include names (if any) that are related to your query. Say you are searching for blueberries, in Related Searches we provide suggestions such as blueberry health benefits, growing blueberries and also suggestions such as strawberries and blackberries.


Recently we launched Related Questions, a right rail section where we provide interesting questions that are related to your query.  They are an extension of  the Q&A strategy we announced in November and are designed to help you explore added dimensions of your query.


So how does it work?  We take your query terms and search through the questions that other users are asking us, questions that are being asked on the web and questions that are currently being discussed in the news. From these we select and render the most interesting and what we hope will be the most useful questions related to your query.


Say you start out asking us who is Obama’s supreme court nominee? We are going to answer your question by letting you know that it is Elena Kagan. Then, in Related Questions we will help you understand much more about the supreme court and also offer questions discussed in the news.


Related Questions

Who Selects the Supreme Court Justices

Who Was the First Chief Justice

Who Is the Chief Justice of Supreme 

Who Is the President Pro Tempore of the 

Mcconnell: Is Kagan On Obama's Team?

Can Obama Save His Afghanistan Surge?


Or say your niece suddenly wants to know What Causes Waves and you come to Ask.com to get the right answer. Not only will you learn what causes waves you can learn about causes of tides, why the ocean is blue and even how icebergs are formed. Aren’t you glad you asked?


Related Questions

What Causes Tides

Why Is the Ocean Blue

Why Is the Ocean Salty

Why Do Waves Break on the Shore

What Is Salinity

How Are Icebergs Formed


What if you come to us for regular searches, say chocolate pudding? We give you questions related to it and also remind you of the calories for which you need to watch out.


Related Questions

Does Tapioca Pudding Contain 

How to Make Chocolate Pudding?

Who Invented Chocolate Pudding?

How to Make Chocolate Pudding Pie

How to Make Chocolate Pudding Cake

How Many Calories Are in Chocolate 


We look forward to answering your questions. Let us know what you think of this new feature.  


Kalpana Banerjee

Senior Product Manager


The Related Questions Development Team


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May 09, 2010

Here's to Moms Today and Everyday!

Mom, Ma, Mommy, Mère, Madre, Mama, Mutter, Moeder.  No matter the language mothers hold a special place in our hearts and we in theirs.  So it is with much gratitude that we celebrate Mother's Day by dedicating our homepage this weekend to these special women in our lives and announcing that we have teamed with Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield to promote the second year of our partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  We are especially pleased to work with Dave who has been personally impacted by this issue after he lost his mother to breast cancer 22 years ago.  Ask will donate ten cents to Komen for every person who joins the “Answers for the Cure” program this year (Ask has committed to a minimum donation of $100,000 in 2010).  Like moms, breast cancer, is something that is relevant to all of us.  In 2009 nearly 200,000 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed and one in eight American women face a similar diagnosis during their lifetime.  So if you'd like to help fund life-saving research, education, screening services, and community outreach projects please visit www.ask.com/forthecure to join the Answers for the Cure program and get our special baseball-themed homepage background. 

Jared Cluff

SVP, Marketing


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