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Bloglines is First to Go Beyond the Blog With Unique-to-Me Info Updates

Wednesday, March 30, 2005 - 04:39

OAKLAND, Calif., March 30, 2005 -- Ask Jeeves(R), Inc. (ASKJ) today announced that Bloglines(TM) (www.bloglines.com), the world's most popular free online service for searching, subscribing, publishing and sharing news feeds, blogs and rich web content has released the first of a wave of new capabilities that help consumers monitor customized kinds of dynamic web information. With these new capabilities, Bloglines is the first web service to move beyond aggregating general-audience blogs and RSS news feeds to enable individuals to receive updates that are personal to their daily lives.

 

Starting today, people can track the shipping progress of package deliveries from some of the world's largest parcel shipping companies-FedEx, UPS, and the United States Postal Service-within their Bloglines MyFeeds page. Package tracking in Bloglines encompasses international shipments, in English. Bloglines readers can look forward to collecting more kinds of unique-to-me information on Bloglines in the near future, such as neighborhood weather updates and stock portfolio tracking.

"Bloglines is a Universal Inbox that captures all kinds of dynamic information that helps busy individuals be more productive throughout the day-at the office, at school, or on the go," said Mark Fletcher, vice president and general manager of Bloglines at Ask Jeeves. "With an index of more than 370 million blog and news feed articles in seven languages, we're already one of the largest wells of dynamic web information. With unique-to-me news updates we're aiming to be the most comprehensive and useful personalized information resource on the web."

In addition to blog text updates and RSS news feeds, the Bloglines Universal Inbox can track and aggregate many types of web and email based data that helps people stay well informed. Bloglines users can add a range of other news sources, like email newsletter subscriptions, newsgroup postings from Google Groups and Yahoo! Groups, local news via Topix.net, photo blogs, audio podcasts and video blog content, and Saved Searches that persistently watch for and retrieve new blog conversations and news feed articles based on user- defined terms.

About Ask Jeeves, Inc.

Ask Jeeves, Inc. provides consumers and advertisers with information retrieval products across a diverse portfolio of Web sites, portals and desktop search applications. Ask Jeeves' search and search-based portal brands include: Ask Jeeves (Ask.com and Ask.co.uk), the Ask Jeeves Japan joint venture (Ask.jp), Ask Jeeves for Kids (AJKids.com), Bloglines (bloglines.com), Excite (excite.com), iWon (iwon.com), My Way (myway.com), Fun Web Products (funwebproducts.com) and Teoma (teoma.com). Ask Jeeves also owns the search technology Teoma, proprietary natural language processing technology, as well as portal and ad serving technologies. In addition to powering several of the Ask Jeeves brands, the Company syndicates its technologies to help companies increase revenue through powerful search. Ask Jeeves' advertising division, AJinteractive, provides advertisers with targeted tools to reach a broad base of valuable customers. Ask Jeeves, Inc. is headquartered in Oakland, California, with offices throughout the United States, as well as in London, England and Dublin, Ireland. For more information, visit http://www.Ask.com or call 510-985-7400.

NOTE: Ask Jeeves and Bloglines are trademarks or registered trademarks of Ask Jeeves, Inc.

Contacts: Cathy Thompson of Bloglines at Ask Jeeves, Inc.
cthompson@askjeeves.com, or
+1-408-738-1395
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