Wednesday, March 8, 2006


Search Engine Asks If Jeeves Needs New Job

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Ask.com may have fired its longtime corporate icon, Jeeves the Butler, but a rival search engine is more than willing to hire him for a job.

Intellext.com is considering hiring Jeeves to help its own search tool, Watson, and is asking folks to vote on what the butler’s duties would be if he should take the job.

Intellext CEO Alan Wasserberger isn’t sure if Jeeves is ready to resume being a corporate icon because the Ask.com gig got him away from his “butlering skills.”

As he puts it, “He always knew what his boss needed before but wasn’t proactive. For a while, he just sat there on the website waiting for someone to tell him what to do.”

Wasserberger thinks Jeeves might be a good intern and would consider hiring him as a receptionist IF he’s willing to lose the suit.

If Intellext doesn’t hire Jeeves, Wasserberger says Jeeves might be able to find work with Google China “since he’s used to being told what to do.”

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