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Some SES Chicago Swag

Checking out the expo hall, there are always a few great deals and lots of free iPods to sign up for. I skipped most of the iPods this year as I was a afraid of all the follow-up emails and/or sales calls.

However, here is some good swag that I did pick up.

SES Chicago Swag
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  • Google color changing orb.
  • Unica Keychane game.
  • Lycos fish stress ball & document clip.
  • Netconcepts climbing hook and compass.
  • Yellowpages highlighter with built in Post-It flags
  • Network Solutions multi-color lightup pen.
  • Ask pen that writes very nice and has a nice design.
  • Bruce Clay Tangle toy.
  • WebTrends magnets.
  • Yahoo magnetic toy in tin.
  • Truelocal rocket toy.
  • DoubleClick electronic die.

Ask.com. Re-Discover Search Today

Ask.com has been hard at work improving their engine ever since they let Jeeves go. They have quite a few TV ads promoting it, but he coolest thing I’ve seen so far is a great, interactive demo on what’s new and how to use Ask.com. It’s all about spending less time searching and more time finding. http://searchtools.ask.com/
Ask Flash Demo

I think I’ll change my Firefox search box to Ask now to give it a go myself.

[tags]ask,search,jeeves[/tags]

Ask Sans Butler

IAC’s Ask.com has launched the new, clean version of their site sans butler today. New features include:

  • A new homepage design
  • The Ask.com Toolbox, a new feature on the homepage that provides shortcuts to more than 20 search tools
  • New and improved Maps and Driving Directions
  • Encyclopedia search
  • Web-based Desktop search

The “edit tools” feature is pretty slick actually.

Requisite press release quote:

“Today’s launch is a pivotal moment in our history, ensuring a well-known and much-loved search engine continues at the forefront of the evolution of the Internet search market,” concluded Lanzone. “With the new Ask.com, coupled with the backing of our parent company IAC/InterActiveCorp, we have developed a platform for the future of search where new search tools and content will be increasingly integrated within the search engine to meet consumer demand.”