Thursday, May 26, 2005

Ask Jeeves Web Answers

Ask Jeeves just launched Web Answers, a service similar to Google Q&A that tries to isolate the direct answer to a query from the other text in the page. For example, the first search result on Ask for "Who is the CEO of" is a Web Answer.

Like Google Q&A, coverage is poor, but I would expect this to improve with time.

I find these attempts to extract answers from web pages fascinating. It's an early step on the long road toward understanding the vastness of knowledge stored in the Web.

[via Chris Sherman & Gary Price, John Battelle, and Nathan Weinberg]

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