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AskMeNow Inc.
FoundedNovember 2005 (2005-11)
Defunct2008 (2008)
HeadquartersIrvine, California
Area served
North America
Key people
Darryl Cohen - CEO
ProductsS3 - Enterprise Semantic Search Solution
ServicesSMS-based question answering, mobile content distribution, mobile advertising
RevenueIncrease US$54,536 (FY 2007)[1]
Increase US$-9.428 million (FY 2007)[1]
Increase US$-20.435 million (FY 2007)[1]
Decrease US$645,110 (FY 2007) [1]
Decrease US$-4.894 Million (FY 2007)[1]
Number of employees
32 (Dec 2007) [1]

AskMeNow Inc. was an American public corporation, specializing in mobile search and mobile advertising. The Irvine, California based company officially launched in November 2005 and ceased operations in late 2008.[2][3] AskMeNow's primary offering was a consumer mobile search product based on proprietary technology that offered a natural language based interaction and dynamic content provision platform.


AskMeNow signed a partnership agreement with the Wikimedia Foundation to bring natural language processing to English Wikipedia.[4] The beta product, AskWiki, integrated some of the semantic web and natural language features of AskMeNow into English resource searches. The AskWiki engine was able to parse natural language statements and return specific answers rather than just relevant articles.[5] The contract between AskMeNow and Wikimedia was rescinded after Jimmy Wales announced his own for profit search engine named Wikia.


AskMeNow partnered with a variety of content publishers to offer mobile access to these publishers' content. These partnerships included National Hockey League,[6] Merriam-Webster,[7] Encyclopædia Britannica,[8] and Guinness World Records.[9]

AskMeNow had established distribution partnerships with Alltel[10][11] in the US and Rogers Wireless and Bell Mobility in Canada.[12][13]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "AskMeNow, Form 10KSB, Filing Date Apr 15, 2008" (PDF). Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "AskMeNow, Form PRE 14C, Filing Date Nov 3, 2005". Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ "AskMeNow, Form 10KSB, Filing Date Apr 17, 2007" (PDF). Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "AskMeNow, Form 10QSB, Filing Date Nov 16, 2007" (PDF). Retrieved 2013.
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  6. ^ Puck drops on AskMeNow/NHL deal Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ AskMeNow and Merriam-Webster Launch Mobile Dictionary
  8. ^ "Encyclopædia Britannica Selects AskMeNow to Launch Mobile Encyclopedia" (Press release). World's Technology News. February 21, 2007. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2010.
  9. ^ Guinness World Records(TM) Selects AskMeNow to Provide Mobile Access to Its Extensive World Record Database[dead link]
  10. ^ "AskMeNow, Form 8-K, Current Report, Filing Date Apr 12, 2007" (PDF). Retrieved 2013.
  11. ^ Alltel offers AskMeNow mobile answer service
  12. ^ "AskMeNow, Form 8-K, Current Report, Filing Date Apr 7, 2006". Retrieved 2013.
  13. ^ "AskMeNow, Form 8-K, Current Report, Filing Date Feb 13, 2008" (PDF). Retrieved 2013.

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