Ask.com Goes Down on Earth Day, Then Mimics Bingby James
April 22nd, 2010
Ask.com went down this morning for at least an hour with what appears to be a server DNS Failure.
Maybe Ask decided to observe Earth Day by shutting down their website for an hour to save energy. I wonder how many searches were
lost saved as a result?
When Ask finally managed to come back up their homepage had an Avatar theme with some striking similarities to Bing:
Ask Earth Day Interactive Boxes
Bing Earth Day Interactive Boxes
Ask Earth Day Interactive Box #1
Ask Earth Day Interactive Box #2
Ask Earth Day Interactive Box #3
Bing Earth Day Interactive Box #1
Bing Earth Day Interactive Box #2
Bing Earth Day Interactive Box #3
Bing Earth Day Interactive Box #4
It seems that Bing has become a trendsetter in search these days with their interactive innovations first being mimicked by Google and now by Ask.
What do you think of the similarities between the Ask.com and Bing.com homepages? Is this just 1 time mimic by Ask or something that we will see more often? Feel free to share your thoughts.
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