Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Who bought Ask Jeeves? InterActiveCorp
Barry Diller who has been unsucessfully trying to build "synergy" amongst his properties such as Citysearch, Evite and Ticketmaster etc. has now added search to his InterActiveCorp empire by acquiring the #5 search company, Ask Jeeves (which I believe benefits immensely from a deal with Google...so I'm not sure where it stands on its own), that recently bought a friend's RSS company, Bloglines. According to this New York Times story (registration required):
Nielsen/NetRatings calculates Ask Jeeves' share of total Internet searches at 5 percent, compared with 47 percent for Google and 21 percent for Yahoo. No. 3 is MSN from Microsoft, and No. 4 is the America Online unit of Time Warner.
But Ask.com, the flagship site of Ask Jeeves, has a far smaller audience than those numbers would indicate, with only 1.8 percent of total searches. Ask Jeeves's remaining searches come from sites acquired last year as part of its purchase of Interactive Search Holdings, including Myway.com, Iwon.com and MySearch.com. Mr. Diller said the main focus will be on Ask.com.