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What is Ask.com?

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Ask.com is a Web search engine and directory that focuses on answering questions posed to it in natural language. The company began as Ask Jeeves in 1995.

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Ask.com has a search bar that returns links to external websites relevant to the keywords or questions entered, but the site also maintains an internal database of commonly asked questions and their answers. These questions and answers are divided into general categories that can be browsed through, such as education, food, geography, science and technology. The site is also capable of solving certain math problems as well as performing unit conversions and giving the dictionary definition of words.

Ask.com also owns the social networking site Ask.fm, which allows users to post questions that can then be publicly answered by other users. Users have the option of posting their question anonymously. The content discovery service nRelate and the information site About.com are also subsidiaries of Ask.com.

The company is based in Oakland, California. The site moved on from the Ask Jeeves branding in 2006, though the character would later make a return on the United Kingdom version of the site. Ask.com is estimated to have over 100 million visitors each month.

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