Ask.com, which yesterday laid off 8% of its search related workforce and announced that it will now rebrand as an informational portal for women (timewarp back to 1998), is apparently already serving limited tests of Google powered results in Ask.com search results.
Search Engine Roundtable reports that a forum member saw limited Powered by Google results, then reset his cookies, and saw nothing.
Barry from SER is asking readers to search Ask.com and send in screen captures of Google powered results :
If you guys want to help out, please conduct some random searches on Ask.com and see if any of them match the Google search results. Make sure when searching in Google to be logged out and personalized search off. Also, when searching in Ask.com, I would test it in Internet Explorer on a PC.
If you do see that the results match, please contact me at barry.schwartz AT gmail.com, attach a screen capture of the results, the browser type and version and your OS. I seriously want to have these cases documented if possible, it is one thing to go by someone’s word and another thing to have a screen capture.
Have you witnessed Google powered search results from Ask.com? If so, take a screen capture and post the image on Flickr, send in the URL to Barry or post it in the comments. We want some proof.