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AskMeNow Inc.
Type Public (Template:Pinksheets)
Founded 2005
Area served North America
Key people Darryl Cohen - CEO
Industry Search
Products S3 - Enterprise Semantic Search Solution
Services SMS-based question answering, mobile content distribution, mobile advertising

AskMeNow Inc. is an American public corporation, specializing in mobile search and mobile advertising. The Irvine, California based company officially launched in November 2005. The site is no longer live. AskMeNow Inc.'s primary offering is a consumer mobile search product which utilizes proprietary technology to offer a natural language based interaction and dynamic content provision platform. The end result is that AskMeNow is able to respond to user queries posed in natural language with a single relevant answer. Answers to text-based queries are sent back in a variety of formats including SMS, E-mail, or dynamic WAP pages. AskMeNow also offers a push content service dubbed "AlertMeNow." The service pushes free mobile text alerts on a daily basis, with information from content partners including Merriam-Webster and Encyclopaedia Britannica.


How it works

There are three ways the AskMeNow consumer search product can be accessed [1]

  • Mobile Web - Users can visit the AskMeNow mobile search portal at
  • SMS (Text Messaging) — AskMeNow allows users to find information on their mobile devices by sending questions via SMS messages. AskMeNow answers them using a combination of proprietary search technology and human assistance. The answers are sent back as SMS text messages, SMS to WAP messages, or email. End of service March 2008.

Partnerships and acquisitions

AskMeNow Inc. partnered with a variety of content publishers to offer mobile access to these publishers’ content. These partnerships include NHL[2], Merriam-Webster[3], Encyclopædia Britannica[4], and Guinness World Records[5].

AskMeNow Inc. maintains distribution partnerships with Alltel[6] in the US, as well as Rogers Wireless[7] and Bell Mobility[8] in Canada, as well as Handango.

See also

  • Mobile search — mobile search article
  • Mobile local search — article on mobile search for 'local things' such as nearby businesses, events, traffic reports, etc.




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