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Ask Jeeves & Cityseach Partnership goes live

 1:35 pm on Sep 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Ask Jeeves announced this about 6 weeks ago: [webmasterworld.com...]

It's now live, and looks pretty good. This is a good move for citysearch and Ask to make their own impact on local search while losing some of its total reliance on AdWords for funding.

Ask local search site:



 1:42 pm on Sep 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Well there ain't no cricket clubs in Chicago... which I find hard to believe ;)


 2:52 pm on Sep 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

What is that "ratings" thing all about?

Otherwise it looks similar to google local search. These tools are very useful for travelers, I like them.


 3:48 pm on Sep 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Wow. I am actually going to bookmark this. Good stuff here in NYC, where citysearch is so bloated that I feel I need a little help. Could old Jeeves be the one?


 4:02 pm on Sep 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

It's nicely done. Citysearch has the advantage of having editorial staff to confirm listings whereas Yahoo and Google are just buying / scraping their local data, meaning there's all kinds of errors.

I'm surprised that Ask Jeeves isn't incorporating any more CitySearch content on their local search results page (e.g. user reviews, editorial reviews). I wonder if it's because Citysearch wouldn't give it up, or if it's Ask's preference to keep the page clean.

Also, clicking through on a merchant name takes you to a Citysearch branded page, with only a 'return to ask jeeves' link and an ask search bar to let you know you came from ask jeeves local.

I wonder who is paying who...


 4:23 pm on Sep 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

I think this integration is very impressive. It certainly makes for more competition for local directories.


 6:30 pm on Sep 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

I got nothing for: hotels in London!

Is this just an American thing?
Why doesn't it say so. Or does Jeeves assume we are all in the US?


 7:08 pm on Sep 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

[local.ask.com ]
[local.google.com ]
[local.yahoo.com ]

It's interesting that Ask, Google & Yahoo released their local search all about the same time. I guess no one wanted to be left behind. I think Google has the best interface so far - it seems to be the least cluttered and includes sponsored listing. However lorenzinho2 makes a good point about accuracy so maybe Ask wins.


 7:19 pm on Sep 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

A very interesting way for CitySearch to display their results:


One of the more inventive search formats in a while.


 10:41 pm on Sep 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Maybe it's time to study local search. Can someone comment on where to find the talk about each of these.. and how mature those forums are? Looking for how they rank/rate sites, what's important, etc...

Clearly local search is using different criteria across the board.... I suppose the one that works best will make it into the SE eventually (e.g. "chiropractor NY 10001" works OK in google SE, but is quite different in google local).

Also interesting how they each define the "geographic center" of a City (in order to show closest at the top). I don't know many visitors to a city who know what zip code they are in... and the "center" doesn't appear to be too cenral by my quick check.

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