Ask Goes Local
Ask today launches AskCity, its local search solution which ties its other properties by geography. Those properties include Ticketmaster.com, CitySearch.com, and others. Ask is currently #4 in the search wars, but I like that it’s taken its time adding on features even as it reinvents itself, sans butler Jeeves. It’s mapping is respectable, though rarely noted in GIS circles maybe due to lack of API? (I was told some time ago one would come.)
In any case AskCity has a few things going for it. First, it’s not called Ask Local. I think AskCity is a good way to get the geographic idea in there without being too geeky. Second, it launches after many have tried Microsoft, Google and Yahoo’s offerings. Today some 10% of searches are considered local searches.
Early reviews are positive especially for the multi-pane interface that puts maps, listings and more on a single page. Visitors can annote and share maps with friends. Those maps can include driving and walking directions.