Monday, December 19, 2005

Latest Update

Just saw a note on here from TheStreet reporter Jonathan Berr, asking for the status of this site and the Jeeves character.

I have not personally had any time to devote to this site at all, and I must apologize for failing our esteemed valet/butler in his time of need, but alas there is only so much you can do without direct access to the vast majority of actual Jeeves users. Again I thank all of you for your thoughts, and support. Hopefully, this site at least gave pause to those who make the decisions in IAC/Ask Jeeves.

As far as official word goes - of course nothing further has been released. But my own snoops within the company seem to indicate that is almost certain Jeeves will be phased out without so much as a goodbye -- and it is doubtful anything will sway the decision of those in control -- at least until their numbers actually start to drop and reflect the difficulty in trying to market a brand as non-memorable as "ASK".

At that point, it will just be a question of how long before the decision-makers will admit their mistake, or will they push on blindly and blame every other factor they can find until the site fades into obscurity.

Sorry for the doom and gloom, but at least this site will still exist in the future, as proof of the sentiments of those both within and outside of the Jeeves organization -- and the efforts of those who would save the personality and color of the site which has weathered so much. And who knows, perhaps Jeeves will indeed return to us in the future -- rest assured we'll be back here to celebrate. Until then, I'll post updates as information comes and time allows.

Thank you,


***The Save Jeeves Blogger***

15 Comments:

At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Jonathan Berr said...

Steve Berkowitz told me that Ask was conducting market research about the butler. You can get more details on the story at The Street.Com.

 
At 8:27 AM, Blogger Simon said...

Bad luck.

 
At 5:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SAVE JEEVES!

 
At 8:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SAVE JEEVES, PLEASE =(

 
At 2:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeeves for President !

 
At 5:01 PM, Anonymous Mark said...

I only hope that one-day IAC/InterActive will look back on this day they destroyed themselfs, now that their only brand has just been wiped of the face of the web.

 
At 5:51 PM, Anonymous Michael said...

Jeeves is what keeps AJ original. He was the first search engine I used, and these days I split time between him and google. They are both useful for different reasons. Google has the most good results, however Jeeves does a better job of making the good sites the engine finds (which are slightly fewer) and putting them at the top, rather than making us hunt for them like google. But my favorite part of Ask Jeeves is eeing how they've got Jeeves dressed today! It's always a nice funny thing to see! Now that Jeeves is gone, I think my search engine useage is going to migrate even more towards Google, as ask.com doesn't know the meaning of the word "fun" anymore.

 
At 8:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bring jeeves back or we will boycot ask.com and go to google or worse yahoo.com and if that dosent work i will blow you head off

 
At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring Jeeves Back.

 
At 12:55 PM, Blogger i80and said...

Hope this works! I've already gotten the wikipedia userbox.

I always liked AJ, mostly because of Jeeves. Really, he was the only reason I used AJ.

 
At 4:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

please keep jeeves. isabella

 
At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Hallie/URL said...

I love him forever and i want him back! and I want him for my homepage and toolbar!I want him back now!

 
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