Tuesday, 4th March 2008
All Things Must Pass; Moving On from Ask.com
All Things Must Pass
by Gary Price
Although I like to keep most personal news off of the ResourceShelf blog, a bit of personal news today.
Earlier this afternoon I learned that Ask.com is taking the company in a new and different direction and I will not be a part of it.
The story about the company's new direction is being announced right now. More here.
Sad news? Sure it is, but it has been a great experience and I'm glad I was able to be a part of. No tears, just smiles. It's time to move on.
This two year adventure (almost to the day) has been fun, educational, and all around a great time. It sure made getting up in the AM and/or waiting for delayed flight easy. It's so awesome to have a job you love and to be part of a product you believe in.
I learned a lot about the search business and made many friends at the company. Friends who I plan to have as friends for a long time. I would like to thank all of them. You made Ask.com a great place to work.
The product was good two years ago and hopefully I contributed just a bit to make Ask even better than it was before.
I would also like to thank all of my librarian/info pro colleagues for all of your support, ideas, and ears during the past two years. As one of my tasks It was cool to represent the info pro community inside the company.
It's time to move forward and on to another full time job. Where it will be and what I will do is TBD but I am looking forward to seeing what's out there and where I might be able to contribute.
First, I plan on keeping all of my speaking commitments for 2008 that have been made so far.
Second, ResourceShelf and DocuTicker will continue. Would you expect anything less? :-)
Remember, both sites are now group efforts (thanks to the RS and DT team) and keeping the sites going, doing what we've been doing for seven years* will not stop. I would also like to thank Ask.com for allowing us to keep both sites running at full steam and independent.
Third, I will spend time looking for a new job.
* Btw, this week is the seventh anniversary of ResourceShelf. Wow! Thank you so much for your interest that continues to grow each and every day.
Here's to the future and stay tuned. More later.
See Also: More From Search Engine Land