The search query Web site built around the mascot of an avuncular, tuxedoed butler may be on the verge of loosening its straight-laced image with a deeper foray into the world of online sex. Ask Jeeves has confirmed that it is evaluating a variety of options to address the large quantity of sex- and pornography-related queries submitted to its service. The company is considering plans for separate sexually themed search results, possibly under the auspices of a different character, Web site and brand altogether.
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Search engines aren't just for curious adults. A growing number of kid-safe search engines use Internet filtering technology to prevent Web sites with pornographic or violent material from appearing on a list of results. Some are maintained by a staff, often composed of librarians, who continually monitor the sites that pop up in searches to verify that their content is fitting for students.
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Did Ask Jeeves cofounder David Warthen marry a call girl? The answer: "Your search is likely to return adult content. Perhaps you've heard of Schultz, who is known professionally as Brazil.
The book reviews the UK's strongest consumer brands as judged by an independent judging panel. Rarely have we witnessed a market grow at such a pace and on such a scale as that of the internet. By the second half of over twenty million adults in Britain were regular online users, compared to just four million five years before.
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Now Emeryville, Calif. The company is concerned with offending users who want answers to their questions free of pornographic links. The current Ask Jeeves Web site uses no filters to screen out adult-content-related questions, but it does inform users that should be 18 years old or older if they wish to continue on to adult Web sites. But does the Madonna question to Jeeves need the word "naked" to yield "adult" results?
In 14 novels by comic author P. Wodehouse, spread over the course of a half-century, a fictional valet named Reginald Jeeves fielded questions of sartorial, societal, and personal etiquette posed by his employer, wealthy London socialite Bertie Wooster. Eventually, their mascot would be escorted right out the door.