Sunday, October 02, 2005

Jeeves Users Speak Out!

This blog hasn't even been widely distributed yet, and already there is good feedback. Please keep the post coming, and let the people at Jeeves/IAC know what a terrible mistake it is, that they are about to make.

+++edit - we have now made the BBC, and other papers are sure to follow, keep it up folks!!! your comments are astounding and powerful+++

In this post I will keep track of the best comments and arguments posed by the Jeeves fans!

Anonymous said...

It still seems to me that Jeeves has not been used to his full potential. Maybe he goes to a new country everyday and teaches people about the world by having him shown participating in some local custom, cuisine, festival etc...

People like to go check out what he wears for holidays, so maybe make things like that more often.

Also, what was up with the commericals -- why did they show people like William Hung instead of having an animated Jeeves? That would have been awesome. I was so dissappointed with them, and it must have cost a lot. It seems like another lost opportunity with Jeeves.




Sarah UK said...

I am the mother of a bright 6 year old girl who loves the internet, the wife of a heavily dyslexic man who stuggles with the reams of useless information discovered by other search engines and a university educated heavy internet user myself. We all "employ" Jeeves nearly all of the time!
He is the human face of the internet and one of the most recognisable company logos of the modern net. He adds a degree of personality, humour and warmth to the impersonal internet search.
Axing him would be the biggest mistake that Ask could make. Without Jeeves I don't see any reason why I or my family would opt to continue using the site.
My little girl often says "Jeeves will know Mummy", can you honestly imagine her building that level of attatchment to the impersonal Google or MSN search engines? She and I are surely representative of the future of the internet?
The whole point of the internet is choice is it not? I choose humanity and warmth.
SAVE JEEVES!



sheina in argentina! said...

"You cannot be serious!!" I am now in South America and always use Jeeves, which invariably gives me the best replies on an international level. The only time I use others is when I want to look up "pages in Argentina" only - and what's the point of removing Jeeves, who is the very essence of the site!
... and as for "unwanted toolbars, etc", just click on "view", "toolbars" and untick (if there is such a word) AskJeeves bar! Perhaps this is too complicated for some users!
Long live Jeeves.



Anonymous said...

Classic business error being made here by ASK. They have got a bunch of highly paid consultants in to advise them what to do. Now put yourself in the consultants shoes and ask yourselves.

"Should I advise 'Do Nothing' or should I try and justify my extortionate fee and suggest something radical"

The answer is plain to see.

They chose the latter easier option.

Question.

Would Shell get rid of their icon?

Ask the customers what they want



Anonymous said...

At a time when other net-based companies are trying to *humanize* their cold faces (witness the MSN "Butterfly" and the Vehix... whatever that guy in the black unitard is), it seems oddly miscalculated (aka just plain dumb) to throw out the very thing that makes Ask Jeeves appealing and user friendly -- JEEVES.



Seattle Slew said...

Jeeves Rocks! He's versatile--he can be cool, hip, stuffy, mod, old-fashioned, righteous, you name it!. Absolutely, to get rid of him when he is one of the few remaining "pioneers of the internet", one of the last truly recognizable figures is just maybe the new owners' first step to burying the company.

When seemingly every company out there tries so hard to create ADD-inducing ads with over the top "beautiful people", hip-hop-techno dance tunes & all the other blah,blah,blah that the corporate suits think will sell their wares, Jeeves is doing it up old-school: we recognize him, know him and trust him.

Students, young and old professionals, tech-geeks, et al. would each love to have a personal butler as trustworthy as Jeeves to do his/her bidding; I have "employed" Jeeves for years & don't want to see him end (I even named my horse after him!)

What can I say? DON'T GET RID OF HIM....kudos to Jeeves' artist for keeping the company's symbol fresh, alive, real & fun all of these years!!!!!



Harry Spiller said...

Dear Barry Diller

Our names rhyme
Ask Jeeves is always on time
no need to spend a dime
It'd be a crying crime
sourer than a mexican lime
please don't kill Jeeves cause i'm
sure you'd never clean the grime
squashing our happy butler would leave behind
please pretty please preserve the hottest dude online.

ya dig?

Harley Spiller, fan of Ask Jeeves



AnonJeevesEmployee said...

I am SO glad someone is speaking up about this. Have you seen the past UK marketing campaign for Jeeves? They were phenomenal. You want results? Boot the US marketing firms, or at least have them take notes from the UK marketers. The response to the UK ads was always amazing, and the brand is immensely strong in the UK (and not just because Jeeves was a UK persona).



Anonymous said...

I work in IT. When I start training family and friends how to use search engines, I start them with the friendly face of Jeeves. Some of them have never sought further afield. As for me, it's always one of my two search engines of choice.



Anonymous said...

Mr. Diller,

As a shareholder of IACI I wonder why you would consider dumping your newly acquired brand name face and then have to hire an advertising firm to come up with another logo and then spend more money advertising "your new look."

The valet Jeeves is recognizable world wide and personally I like the knowing smirk on his face. I'd even add his face to the registered trade mark of Ask.com.

I know a friend who even phrases his queries with the word please simply because the valet is watching. I'm sure you have a valet (or two), please leave us with ours.



Callie said...

Please don't axe Jeeves - I used him when I started using the internet and I tell all the young people I teach to use Jeeves to get them started on internet searches. It is a very good intro to search engine too, I still use it regularly. It is much more user friendly than some of the soulless alternatives



Anonymous said...

Sounds like a typical piece of corporate bullshine founded out of change for change's sake, "we know best", and "not invented here". If they turn Ask Jeeves into just another anonymous search engine up against Google etc. then it will undoubtedly fail If IAC are too dumb to realise that then it's their look out -- we've still got Google.



Steve Read said...

What would MacDonalds be without their "M" - what would any company be without it's most recognised logo? Perhaps in the case of Jeeves it is simply that the guys at the top have lost sight of the ground! Fact is - "Jeeves" IS what made the site what it is, and enough people are telling the new owners so - they are just too blind to see and too deaf to hear.Time to WAKE UP!- and stop being so stupid - If it Works, don't fix it!"



Anonymous said...

I wonder if they're calling our bluff and hoping that this will result in getting people who are passionate about Jeeves to drum up web noise about it - creating a campaign (very much like this one) that would stir up loyalty among existing users and raise awareness among non-users.
Heck of a gamble tho...



A. Koontz said...

Mr. Diller,

I know you know a good thing when you see it, otherwise you wouldn't have bought AskJeeves in the first place. I trust Jeeves. Take him away and who will I trust? AskDiller? AskBallmer? Don't think so.

Do the right thing.

A Koontz



Anonymous said...

Please don't axe Jeeves! That's a brand icon for the company, and removing it removes the essence of what Ask Jeeves has always been. As a brand strategist, I cannot imagine what the plain vanilla version of Ask Jeeves will do for the organization moving forward, but I can guarantee you it will not be positive.

Keep your differentiation! That's what makes Ask Jeeves so great.



Anonymous said...

Save Jeeves please! We use Ask all the time and it would be a crime to remove the one thing that attracted us in the first place. Yet another example of big business riding roughshod over companies they take over.

The easy answer if they do get rid of him is to use another search engine. Remember - we have the power at the end of the day.



Anonymous said...

Dear the people at Ask Jeeves,

What is Ask Jeeves without Jeeves the butler? What are you going to replace him with? A talking duck?

Ask Jeeves is the image of your website. If you remove him, he will be very hard to replace.

Yours faithfully,
Chris Lozau
chris4 [(at)] hotmail co uk



Anonymous said...

Without the Butler, I and all of my family members,11 in all, will drop the Jeeves site.



Anonymous said...

If they want to lose users (as apparently they do) they'll go ahead and drop Jeeves regardless of public outcry.

I for one would like to see Jeeves around for years to come. I don't have much hope as the corporate big wigs are usually off on their own tangent and could give a crap less about the views of the consumers of their products.



Anonymous said...

I thought it a monumentally stupid decision from when I first heard about it.

*** Save Jeeves! ***


98 Comments:

At 6:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ask Jeeves lost any credibility with me when IAC bought out FunWebProducts and then continued to lie about parts of it not being adware/spyware or euphemistically "PUS" (Potentially Unwanted Software). What AskJeeves wants everyone to believe is that:
#1. It's a good thing to install 12 programs when someone only wants one. Then, make everything dependent on the search-engine-manipulator "MyWebSearch", "MyTotalSearch", "MyWay Speedbar" or whatever they're calling this piece of garbage today.

#2. AskJeeves is loading 12 or 13 programs at Windows Startup (by default) and intentionally tries to appeal to children and uninformed adults, who install this garbage (FunWebProducts) without having a clue as to what kinds of things it is doing to their Windows systems or their resources.

#3. AskJeeves loses credibility when it expresses more concern over it's "image" and some stupid logo of a butler than it is about the "P.U.S." it foists on millions of unsuspecting users.

I would certainly hope that everyone will read this:
http://thundercloud.net/infoave/askjeeves-rant.htm

And review the ridiculous excuses AskJeeves' gives to Ben Edelman as to why their "MyWebSearch" (FUNWEBPRODUCTS) is being forced down people's throats.

Your BLOG is evidence that you don't have a clue.

TC

 
At 8:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't axe Jeeves! That's a brand icon for the company, and removing it removes the essence of what Ask Jeeves has always been. As a brand strategist, I cannot imagine what the plain vanilla version of Ask Jeeves will do for the organization moving forward, but I can guarantee you it will not be positive.

Keep your differentiation! That's what makes Ask Jeeves so great.

 
At 2:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear the people at Ask Jeeves,

What is Ask Jeeves without Jeeves the butler? What are you going to replace him with? A talking duck?

Ask Jeeves is the image of your website. If you remove him, he will be very hard to replace.

Yours faithfully,
Chris Lozau
chris4 [(at)] hotmail co uk

 
At 2:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't get rid of Jeeves!!!!

Please visit www.neonwin.net

 
At 9:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

go to cartoon hell you homo butler

 
At 4:05 AM, Anonymous Augustus Fink-Nottle said...

So you decide to remove your most valuable asset! Wonderful business decision. Plus I need to ask Jeeves childish questions and it won't be the same asking an anonymous search engine whether they are gay or how big their cock is.

 
At 4:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please save Jeeves, he is like a beacon saving our souls

 
At 4:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As the BBC news website where there is a story on this blog states; Jeeves is a Valet and not a Butler. Otherwise keep up the good work.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4314886.stm

 
At 4:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

com
Save Jeeves!!!!!!

 
At 4:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if they're calling our bluff and hoping that this will result in getting people who are passionate about Jeeves to drum up web noise about it - creating a campaign (very much like this one) that would stir up loyalty among existing users and raise awareness among non-users.
Heck of a gamble tho...

 
At 4:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Save Jeeves!

We love that character!

Give us more funny cartoon men based on fantastic books, not less!

 
At 4:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Jeeves the butler? Is he related to Jeeves the valet?

 
At 4:33 AM, Anonymous miv said...

Jeeves the valet (not butler - he is English) is the only reason I ever used AskJeeves.
Google in most respects is far superior, as sometimes I had to find out when I was forced over, but I'm just sentimental, can't help it :-).
If Jeeves goes, I'll switch engine.

 
At 4:34 AM, Anonymous Chris Wood said...

I call memetic advertising campaign, blogger.

 
At 4:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get your facts right!
Jeeves is a valet not a butler.

 
At 4:56 AM, Anonymous markO said...

"The world is changing. Networks without a specific branding strategy will be killed. I envision a world of highly niched services and tightly run companies without room for all the overhead the established networks carry."
Barry Diller.

So what's the problem with the valet?
I think he's a pretty neat "specific branding strategy".

 
At 5:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeeves is a great icon, and it seems stupid to dump a brand having invested so much in creating it. So spend the money on improving the technology, and don't waste it on rebranding. Besides, it's great to have a non-US image for once. Nothing against the Americans, but it makes a change from American sports or wildlife imagery.

 
At 5:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The jeeves search engine is good. The Jeeves logo completely sucks. It does absolutely nothing for the credibility of ASK and was the princiople reason I took so long to get into it. For God's sake get rid of it forever.

 
At 5:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

with all the things going wrong in the world is this the best you can come up with to moan about? Get a life!

 
At 5:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I use the internet sometimes to check the news on BBC world and do internet shopping (Tesco's, Interflora etc). Otherwise, I dont really use it that much. Just think it's a bit of a shame to get rid of Jeeves, as it is always easier to ask a proper question to a "person" than to try and use one of the anonymous websearchers like Google./Delilah

 
At 5:20 AM, Anonymous antigone said...

SAVE JEEVES!!!!!!!

 
At 5:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE JEEVES! He has been my favorite primary search engine and my homepage...why? He is a character! Google is boring. I love when Jeeves dresses up for holidays...Remeber the pirate costume, or the flowers and picture for Mother's Day? Save an icon...literally!!!!

 
At 5:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Save Jeeves
Save Jeeves
Save Jeeves
Save Jeeves

Ask will lose out in the end

 
At 5:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If someone brought Ferrari would they get rid of the Prancing Horse? I think not.

People can name Ferrari just be looking at the Horse, it is the same thing for Jeeves.

It would be business suicide to lose the Butler!

 
At 5:37 AM, Anonymous Steve Read said...

What would MacDonalds be without their "M" - what would any company be without it's most recognised logo? Perhaps in the case of Jeeves it is simply that the guys at the top have lost sight of the ground! Fact is - "Jeeves" IS what made the site what it is, and enough people are telling the new owners so - they are just too blind to see and too deaf to hear.Time to WAKE UP!- and stop being so stupid - If it Works, don't fix it!"

 
At 5:40 AM, Anonymous Sarah UK said...

I am the mother of a bright 6 year old girl who loves the internet, the wife of a heavily dyslexic man who stuggles with the reams of useless information discovered by other search engines and a university educated heavy internet user myself. We all "employ" Jeeves nearly all of the time!
He is the human face of the internet and one of the most recognisable company logos of the modern net. He adds a degree of personality, humour and warmth to the impersonal internet search.
Axing him would be the biggest mistake that Ask could make. Without Jeeves I don't see any reason why I or my family would opt to continue using the site.
My little girl often says "Jeeves will know Mummy", can you honestly imagine her building that level of attatchment to the impersonal Google or MSN search engines? She and I are surely representative of the future of the internet?
The whole point of the internet is choice is it not? I choose humanity and warmth.
SAVE JEEVES!

 
At 5:43 AM, Anonymous Neil Bailey said...

You just can't have 'Ask Jeeves' without Jeeves. If it's not 'Ask Jeeves' then it's just no good.

'Jeeves is the man who knows, No Jeeves no know'

 
At 5:44 AM, Anonymous Wangleler said...

Save Jeeves!
He has helped me out so much-hope I can help him!
Love having a "face" instead of splashes of type and colours-more friendly and more straight forward- much nicer to use than the other searches.
Jeeves is adorable!

 
At 5:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if a company wants to change it's image then let them do it, who really cares whether there's a butler or a talking duck?

why did I even bother commenting!

 
At 5:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a typical piece of corporate bullshine founded out of change for change's sake, "we know best", and "not invented here". If they turn Ask Jeeves into just another anonymous search engine up against Google etc. then it will undoubtedly fail If IAC are too dumb to realise that then it's their look out -- we've still got Google.

 
At 6:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never actualy used Ask Jeeves myself, but I just checked out the site and I love the butler image. It looks way better then google. The search function for kids is great.

 
At 6:01 AM, Anonymous Callie said...

Please don't axe Jeeves - I used him when I started using the internet and I tell all the young people I teach to use Jeeves to get them started on internet searches. It is a very good intro to search engine too, I still use it regularly. It is much more user friendly than some of the soulless alternatives

 
At 6:04 AM, Anonymous jacqui hunter said...

please do not get rid of jeeves he is my favourite if fact i would like a screen saver of jeeves

 
At 6:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Classic business error being made here by ASK. They have got a bunch of highly paid consultants in to advise them what to do. Now put yourself in the consultants shoes and ask yourselves.

"Should I advise 'Do Nothing' or should I try and justify my extortionate fee and suggest something radical"

The answer is plain to see.

They chose the latter easier option.

Question.

Would Shell get rid of their icon?

Ask the customers what they want

 
At 6:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

html, css, asp, php, .net, soap, msn, icq - this is the faceless world of the internet as it exists today. Keeping Jeeves gives an IDENTITY and makes the site MEMORABLE. Don't reinvent the wheel - educate your users if you want to highlight whats new about the AskJeeves site.

 
At 6:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeeves!!! A true electronic icon, worthy of mention in the same line as these greats and is to ASK what Mario and Donkey Kong is to Nintendo, Sonic to Sega, Aibo to Sony and Bugs Bunny is to Warner Bros!!

 
At 6:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep Jeeves your just another corperate web search engin with out him!

Seems foolish when u buy a well known and tusted brand. To then discard that brand having payed for it to become just anothere un-nown web search engine.

U might as well just start anyour own search engine with its own identity and spend the money on advertising that instead.

Ask jeeves is a fun and feindly brand that people find comfortable using!

So stop being foolish and talking about discarding your public image and worry about providing a better service to your customers.

Please see othere posts that raise some good points about thing that need changing

 
At 6:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Diller,

As a shareholder of IACI I wonder why you would consider dumping your newly acquired brand name face and then have to hire an advertising firm to come up with another logo and then spend more money advertising "your new look."

The valet Jeeves is recognizable world wide and personally I like the knowing smirk on his face. I'd even add his face to the registered trade mark of Ask.com.

I know a friend who even phrases his queries with the word please simply because the valet is watching. I'm sure you have a valet (or two), please leave us with ours.

 
At 6:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Diller,

As a shareholder of IACI I wonder why you would consider dumping your newly acquired brand name face and then have to hire an advertising firm to come up with another logo and then spend more money advertising "your new look."

The valet Jeeves is recognizable world wide and personally I like the knowing smirk on his face. I'd even add his face to the registered trade mark of Ask.com.

I know a friend who even phrases his queries with the word please simply because the valet is watching. I'm sure you have a valet (or two), please leave us with ours.

 
At 7:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some people theorized this is a publicity move... If so, it's a good one! Everyone I know long since switched to Google, to the point where most of my friends didn't even know AskJeeves still exists. And yet, now I have seen AskJeeves mentioned in two top stories on BBCNews and one top story on CNN in the last week!

Frankly, I don't understand what you people see in AskJeeves, as Google is clearly a superior search engine. But hey, if it works for you, more power to ya!

 
At 7:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep Jeeves!!
He just looks like he knows the answer to your question.
I have always found the ask jeeves site to be helpful and friendly. So many characters which are brought in to humanize computer based products are just annoying.
Jeeves is unassuming in appearance.

 
At 7:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don´t really understand their motives for wanting to axe Jeeves. It would be like McDonald´s getting rid of the golden arches in order to "change their image" and make more money. Does it make sense to invest so much in an image / symbol and then throw it away? Maybe they should try to just sell the rights to use the Jeeves image on the market...see how much value this symbol really has before just tossing it aside. Just imagine if someone like Google were to buy the Jeeves image... "ask.com" would have nothing.

 
At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The story is always the same. Mega Corporation takes over a smaller firm and then they think they have a better vision for how things shoud be done. The truth is (sorry mega) if the Mega Corporation had real vision they would not of needed to buy the smaller company.

But Mega never beleives this and they will take Ask.com and turn it into something less than it was. Look at HP/Compaq. The vision is gone, the CEO is gone. Compaq could be bought for dirt.

If you want to save Jeeves, let them kill him off, when AskJeeves comes on the market for pennies on the dollar bring him back. Not until then will AskJeeves be willing to scrap with the big boys to EARN customers. It would be best not to let Jeeves be tarnished with the Mega vision.

Renegade Knight

 
At 8:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Diller, Sir!

If you remove Jeeves, you'll find yourself losing a lot of customers. A lot!

 
At 8:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical corporate drone thinking pervades the decision to drop Jeeves. The innocent, helping, thinking logo adds a differentiating side to this website. If it doesn't need fixed don't fix it.

 
At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Philip Norton said...

I would like to know who they asked to find out that the Jeeves character wasn't what they needed.

Why change it? I think he works. Better than the site works at least. Maybe they should iron out all of the pathetic bugs they have first? Maybe then people would know what they were doing on the site.

 
At 8:48 AM, Anonymous Shaunica said...

How about doing the most simple things and typing in "Jeeves" in the Ask Jeeves engine. To directly quote the top result, "He's one of the Internet's most recognized faces," and I'd even argue he's the most recognized face. He's a top-quality branding device, and they would be silly to rebrand. Besides, Jeeves has been a loyal employee and there's already too much downsizing going on in corporate America. :)

 
At 9:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While keeping Jeeves is a good idea!

I feel a slight irony a blog hosted by blogger (a google company) is being used to help save jeeves!

 
At 9:27 AM, Anonymous Chris D said...

Poor Jeeves! Has he been outsourced to India? Maybe we should get him one of those "My job's gone to India" T-Shirts.

Good luck with your quest.

Chris

chris486 at gmail dot com

 
At 9:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Won't search " Jeeves '
again if I can't see my
Hero !

 
At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate Jeeves, good riddance I say.

 
At 9:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really on Jeeves' friendly face. It's how I remember the engine URL. Take him away and I'm sure like many I will soon be overpowered by other search engine marketing and he will be forgotten. Apart from anything else he gives the most sain search results!!

SAVE HIM!!

 
At 9:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You sad twats. who cares.

 
At 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SAVE JEEVES!!!!!!!

Getting rid of him is only to justifiy some marketing yuppy's paycheck!

 
At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Askjeeves has been my favorite search engine since I started using it some time ago. I look forward to seeing what Jeeves is doing. It alsmost seems as though a real person is helping me. If the company takes away Jeeves they will be just another search engine withouth an identity! Apparently there is no shortage of idiots running companies these days!!!

 
At 10:46 AM, Anonymous davidderrick@yahoo.com said...

If you want to save Jeeves, it would help if you respected facts. Jeeves was NOT, EVER, a butler. He was a valet. Why are you so passionate about this if you don't even know this?

 
At 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Save Jeeve please, even though i'm not a big fan of ask. The favourable butler, jeeves, is the BACKBONE of the company.

It be a shame to see him go...

 
At 12:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work in IT. When I start training family and friends how to use search engines, I start them with the friendly face of Jeeves. Some of them have never sought further afield. As for me, it's always one of my two search engines of choice.

 
At 12:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tell you what, I will never go to that site again if they get rid of Jeeves. It was bad enough when they shortened it to ask.com, but to take Jeeves out completely?? Don't they know he has a family to support??

In all seriousness, though, I'll be very upset if they lose Jeeves. He's the only reason I even use that site instead of google.

 
At 1:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the logo is naff. I always have. It belittles a serious business. Get rid of it immediately!

 
At 1:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeeves is the icon of this website. Keeping him there would be the best thing to do

 
At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Without the Butler, I and all of my family members,11 in all, will drop the Jeeves site.

 
At 1:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

another vote for jeeves!!

 
At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Sprocket999 said...

It seems obvious these yobs at Interactive Corp are into ruining a superb brand. I've seen this before first hand, and it is terrible when your firm is bought up BECAUSE of all the great equity you have created, only to watch amateur business goons add their own flavour -- to which point said company dies. Which could happen here. IAC -- leave the valet alone. Recognize WHAT you have bought and realize that what has happened before is the reason for it's success, AND why you have bought it. Failing to do this would be a failure on your part and an unecessary loss for the rest of us.

 
At 2:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Goldman Sachs types really want to do away with Jeeves I suggest we let them have PAM AM!!

 
At 4:27 PM, Anonymous Archana said...

In most cases, I dont believe this "company image implies a lot of things" crap.
But in this case, I do think that ask.com is trying to commit suicide by getting rid of Jeeves. I confess that I use google for most of my searching needs - but when I do use a different search engine its askjeeves just so I can see the smiling Jeeves!

 
At 12:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't ask Jeeves, his search is easy to use and 99% of the time returns totally reliable and relevant results. Besides I like to watch him dress up for halloween and christmas !

 
At 12:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just heard via the BBC about the decision to axe Jeeves. Ask Jeeves has been my search engine of choice for over 6 years since I started University and joined the world wide web. What first attracted me to the site? Jeeves of course!

Dumping Jeeves would take the entire soul out of the concept of the site. SAVE JEEVES!

 
At 1:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

save jeeves because he is coool!

 
At 2:06 AM, Blogger MaxBlog said...

Why isn't it obvious to the owners of ask jeeves that they have a great logo and to tamper with it would be foolhardy (read the pleas/comments in the various blogs). Change for changes sake annoys people, you've hit the jackpot with Jeeves, stay with it or au revoir

 
At 9:40 AM, Blogger jeffwas said...

Thanks for taking up the cause, but PLEEEEZE edit your blog and use VALET instead of butler - Jeeves was no such thing! Jeeves was a "gentleman's gentleman" - a valet in every sense of the word.

Edwardian protocol was very specific and PG Wodehouse an ardent student and practitioner of said protocols; in using Jeeves' correct title, you would be honoring his creator, and placating the legion of Wodehouse fans who cringe at the sight of the "b-word." I'm sure others will have brought this to your attention, so please don't take offense; more so, think of it as righting a wrong, making whole that which is, well, gross.

Toodle-pip!

Jeff

 
At 5:11 PM, Blogger Ellen Lee said...

Hello,

Save Jeeves -- can you please contact me? I am a reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area interested in hearing more about your quest. I'm at 925-952-2614. Thanks.

 
At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

as another former jeeves employee, I think this blog is silly. jeeves and the company ask jeeves, inc no longer exist in any meaningful way as it stands. it is part of a conglomeration and is beholden to other interests. they are now a sad underling to IAC which pushes terrible crap like home shopping network and ticketmaster on the public. the sale of the company is the true death of jeeves. so who cares now? better they should remove the butler and not pretend it is the same company ts was before.

 
At 1:13 PM, Blogger -idogcow said...

Adding my 2 pennies - always liked Jeeves (and AskJeeves). If there is any confusion it was because you could get to him via AskJeeves/Ask/AJ - but once I saw that face I knew I was in the right place.

 
At 6:10 AM, Anonymous sheina in argentina! said...

"You cannot be serious!!" I am now in South America and always use Jeeves, which invariably gives me the best replies on an international level. The only time I use others is when I want to look up "pages in Argentina" only - and what's the point of removing Jeeves, who is the very essence of the site!
... and as for "unwanted toolbars, etc", just click on "view", "toolbars" and untick (if there is such a word) AskJeeves bar! Perhaps this is too complicated for some users!
Long live Jeeves.

 
At 2:37 PM, Blogger ycc2106 said...

Use google for normal search

because it's in the toolbar,

altavista for images

because it has more options

and use AskJeeves

because it has a "search page modified"...


Thank you Butler, maybe you are too young to retier?


"Valet" sounds outdated, Butler is much better.

 
At 1:29 PM, Blogger jonathanberr said...

Hi. Would the person who started this blog be willing to contact me?

I am a reporter for the Street.Com

Thanks,

Jonathan Berr
Senior Writer
The Street.Com.
212-321-5472

 
At 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hiya jeeves
your really lame i think for having a website in commemeretion to another!
how silly.

Grace [120] (age 10)

 
At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Jonathan Berr said...

Hey is this blog still being kept up? Have you guys heard any word about Jeeves's fate?

 
At 11:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No official word, of course, but unofficially, I'm pretty sure Jeeves is toast. I don't think anything is going to change top management's mind until the numbers of subscribers are already dropping.

 
At 6:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leave Jeeves alone. It works why change it. Jeeves has done the job he was designed to do. The Ask Jeeves logo leaves you in no doubt that you are in the Jeeves search page. It has style and clarity that the others do not.

SAVE JEEVES

 
At 1:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I prefer to use Jeeves in part because he is very British, but also because he appears far more friendly than the others. I think the comments made by Ms Johnson are very condecending and also infer that internet users are not as bright as they were ten years ago. Please get a life Ms Johnson.
Barrie Sutton, Runcorn, England

 
At 7:26 AM, Anonymous BOB With A Capital T said...

I would like as many people who doesn't want Jeeves to go.

I would be truly greatful that who ever will help me or join me on my mission.

My mission is to keep Jeeves alive by willing to put him on my website that I am currently building! But i don't have pictures of him or his codings to do so!

Please help me and in return I will bring Jeeves back to you (the people) as soon as possible.

So will you help me on my mission,don't do it for me, do it for Jeeves and remember he be so proud of you! I will accept everything that is related to Jeeves and put it on my website

Thanks and Jeeves is counting on You!

Email me at :-

chrisredfield_93@hotmail.com

 
At 1:46 AM, Anonymous Crazydai9 said...

I would just like to let you know that the person you know as "Bob with a capital T" is just a jackass and shouldt be trusted, he is a liar and cant do anything without help when it comes to computers

 
At 3:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use Ask for all of my questions, wonderings, and I always get my anwser. One of the only reasons I used that site in the first place was because of Jeeves. I always thought that he was the best person on the interent and I hate to see him go. With out him, the site feels empty and lonly.Jeeves is way to young to retire in the first place. So Jeeves, please don't leave forever because I'll miss you too much.

 
At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that all the people who hate Jeeves are wrong and that you should get a life.

 
At 6:37 PM, Anonymous Daly Dozen said...

I would not mind Ask Ukridge.

 
At 6:46 PM, Anonymous Daly Dozen said...

anyone who is successfully conveyed as a dollop of yellow mustard achieves immediate immortality

 
At 6:53 PM, Anonymous Daly Dozen said...

Jeeves is Wodehouse. Not only is he saved but invested @ 10%APR.
Don't sweat the details. In Oakland, CA at 555 Some Street stands the ASK emblem sans Jeeves, and is my next door neighbor: corporate HQ...this looks like a situation for the crew at Blandings Castle!

 
At 4:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why did they kill jeeves!
BASTARDS!

 
At 3:20 PM, Anonymous Jesse said...

I agree.

 
At 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lets leave jeeves dead so he wont come back as a zombie, or werewolf, or a vampire, or george bush.

 
At 8:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeeves? If u can hear me i miss you very much. Where did you go? Are you on vacaton, kidnapped, or retired. I will find you Jeeves! What is your first name? You made ask.com what it is today. Without your canny enthusiasm it is not the same. I have to finagle a plan or must resort to Google.

~anonymous

.

 
At 12:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard it was cos he was a raving homosexual he was dropped

although i don't know for sure

 
At 12:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i heard there was some issues with a guy called duncan bananatyne and a woman called lorraine kelly

:)

 
At 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You murderers!!!!! Everyone of you!!!! Who are responsible!!!! Jeeves was kind enough to wish me a HAPPY BIRTHDAY on my special day, brought flowers and chocolates on Valentine's day, etc. What right did you have, you homewrecking dogs!!!

 
At 11:01 AM, Anonymous sarahwot said...

why do they have to change an icon?
why has poor jeeves been turned into a boring nondescript bank manager? he enjoyed his job-had been doing it well for years!no respect for all the hard work he's done and the verbal abuse he has taken on the chin without ever losing control himself!i just hope they gave him a decent payrise and an executive chair.

 
At 6:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will no longer use the internet until they get jeeves back.

 

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