May 19, 2011
Ask.com has added a few new features to their iOS app, plus performed some user interface tweaking to both the app and their web site to better accommodate mobile users. Ask.com for iOS v2.0 looks to make the community even tighter. Foremost, the user profile section has been revised with additional tabs and information, such as the new Connections area. What are connections? Something similar to a Twitter experience, you can now follow specific people with answers that interest you. The Browse area, formerly titled Ask, has also gotten a bit of a revamp. Previously, the Ask section contained Recent and Browse. The Recent tab remains, however, Browse has been changed to By Categories. Amongst the name changes, there's a third tab: By Connections. This new section provides a feed of the recent questions and answers of those you are following. All of this may sound confusing, but current users shouldn't have a difficult time adjusting. Community connectivity aside, the update also includes alternative spelling suggestions for certain results, quicker answers with available community answers, the ability to sign-in and create a profile using your Facebook or LinkdIn credentials, and the opportunity to edit your questions and answers up to 15 minutes after posting. Those who don't feel a need for the iOS app, or using a mobile gadget other than their iDevice, will soon experience some of the app love on the Ask.com web site.
We’ve noticed that, in addition to embracing the iPhone app, users are increasingly seeking Ask.com via the mobile web; recently we’ve seen a major uptick in traffic from mobile devices to our web page. In fact, over the last two quarters there’s been close to 100 percent growth in visits to Ask.com from mobile devices, and a 50% spike in iPhone alone. As such, we’ve slated in a bunch of new updates for those browsing Ask on a mobile device, including increased performance, cleaner design, and a user log-in better optimized for the mobile experience.The Ask.com app is designed for iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 3.0 or later, and is available as a free download in the App Store. [gallery link="file" columns="4"]