For years, Ask.com has been trying to supplant Google as the Internet's search leader, but this week the company has announced that it is headed in another direction. In truth, Ask never really got all that close.
A recent market share study concluded that Ask commanded just 4.5 percent of the search audience, while Google rang in at 58.5 percent. Yahoo and Microsoft rank second and third, but the possible merger of those two companies would certainly present Google with a more formidable foe. Now, instead of trying to become the all-purpose search site of choice, Ask is going to focus on women. Specifically, married women in the South and Midwest. The site will key on helping that audience find details about subjects such as recipes, hobbies and health.
Huh. That makes perfect sense... not!
Did Ask really think they could supplant Google? Google rakes in millions of advertising dollars and has been around almost as long as the Internet itself. As much as we all like to root for the underdog, Ask didn't have much of a chance to compete with Google in the first place.
to be honest, ask is very good at providing "helpful" insight articles on certain subject of matter but its not as great of a search engine as google.