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Ask Jeeves Acquires Excite Europe

     
11:15 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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OAKLAND, Calif., May 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ask Jeeves, Inc., a leading provider of information retrieval technologies, brands and Internet advertising services, today announced the acquisition of Excite Italia B.V., the operator of Excite Europe, a network of pan-European portal properties, from Tiscali, S.p.A. Ask Jeeves acquired the U.S.-operated Excite.com portal in March 2004.

Ask Jeeves Acquires Excite Europe [prnewswire.com]
12:03 pm on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It cost them 6.1 million euros apparently. I know that they don't show up in my logs much, but it is another property for Jeeves to use.
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Wasn't this move forecasted some time ago; all 2nd tier SEs would have to join to make it to tier 1?
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all 2nd tier SEs would have to join to make it to tier 1

Sounds like that would be a case of the whole being less than the sum of its parts

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One more small piece of a large puzzle falls into place. This is hardly gonna make any significant difference, but Ask show their intention to stay and survive and grow in a market where there are much bigger players.
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No traffic at all from Excite on my two european sites despite several top 10 placements in SERPs. Sounds like a bargain at 6 mn.
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I'm of the same view as the rest of you.

Another Feather in the cap and certainly a massive name of the past, but will have little effect to the way things are in the SE map.

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I guess it takes a while before any animal realizes its extinct