Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 6/26/13

By askdotcom // June 26th, 2013

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Today’s photo of the day challenge of the day for #humpday asked fans if they knew which mountain this was….

If you guessed Mount Everest then you’re correct!

Mount Everest is the Earth’s highest mountain, with a peak of 29,029ft about sea level. If we’re measuring from the center of the Earth, which, why not, then it’s the 5th tallest mountain. It’s located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas with an international border between China and Nepal running across the precise summit point.

It was originally documented as Peak XV in 1856, but just under ten years later it was given the official name by the Royal Geographical Society. Because Tibet and Nepal were closed to foreigners at the time, the British explorers had no idea that Tibetans had always called Everest, “Chomolungma.”

- Suraya Akbarza, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 6/25/13

By askdotcom // June 25th, 2013

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For today’s photo challenge of the day, we asked if you could decipher which summer movie this image is from?

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If you said, The Bling Ring...you were correct!

Inspired by true events surrounding a group of fame-obsessed teenagers who use the Internet to track celebrities’ whereabouts in order to rob their homes. Victims include Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox, Orlando Bloom and Rachel Bilson. 

The movie is directed, written, and produced by Sofia Coppola and it’s out in theaters now! Go check it out this weekend!

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com 

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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 6/24

By askdotcom // June 24th, 2013

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Today’s photo of the day challenge evokes thoughts of warm summer nights at outdoor concerts. As such we asked, can you guess which landmark amphitheater is?

If you said Colorado favorite Red Rocks, you were correct!

Red Rocks Ampitheater is a rock structure near Morrison Colorado, where concerts are given int he open-air ampitheater. It is comprised of a large disc-shaped rock behind the stage, a huge vertical rock angled outwards from stage right, several large outcrops angles outwards from stage left and a seating area for up to 9,450 people in between.

It opened in the 1900’s, and has been known as “Garden of  the Angels” and “Garden of the Titans.” Today, everyone knows it as Red Rocks. If you’re planning a trip to Denver, CO this summer, check out the lineup!

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Customer Care Insights From a Pair of Jeans

By askdotcom // June 21st, 2013

Recently I spent a few days in New York City at IAC, the parent company of Ask and several other top internet sites. The heads of customer care from all of these companies gather annually to discuss best practices and new technologies which allow us to deliver awesome customer support experiences to our nearly 200 million monthly users.

With all of that in mind, I was incredibly curious about an A-frame sign outside a Levi’s company store near the hotel. As you see in the photo, the sign promised that an on-site tailor will custom fit and sew you a pair of denim jeans!

I walked by that sign on two or three different occasions before summoning up the nerve to go in. I was greeted by Nadine, who showed me back to the custom fitting area. On the wall hung rolls of various colors of Levi’s denim, and countless bins of rivets, buttons, patches, cuffs, and pretty much every different component Levi’s puts into its jeans.

I asked Nadine why a person would go this route, rather than buying a pair off the shelf, such as the pair I happened to be wearing that day. She explained that Levi’s wants its customers to have the option of a personalized experience with its brand and products, and thus come back for more.

Not a bad idea, I thought – and coincidentally, that’s exactly what we do here at Ask. Our products deliver answers to our users’ specific questions, and when our users need to get in touch with us, they get a personal answer in return no matter what channel they use – our Help Center, the phone, email, Twitter or any other way we’re in touch. Our goals are pretty much the same as Levi’s, and the same as every other IAC company, and hopefully shared by many other companies across several industries. It’s good to be with a company who tries to get it right, and do right by its users.

Editor’s note: It turns out those custom Levi’s cost $750 per pair. Eric’s wife chose not to approve that purchase order

- Eric McKirdy, Worldwide Customer Care and Technical Support Manager, Ask.com

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Intagram Photo of the Day Challenge 6/20

By askdotcom // June 20th, 2013

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Did you guess today’s Instagram Photo Challenge of the Day? If you said “Rosemary’s Baby” – you were right!

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Directed by Roman Polanski, this 1968 thriller starred Mia Farrow as Waifish Rosemary Woodhouse and John Cassavets as Rosemary’s husband, Guy Woodhouse. The couple experiences strange occurrences in their new NYC apartment and when Rosemary mysteriously becomes pregnant, the mom-to-be quickly comes to believe that her baby is not of this world. Even scarier – she suspects that her sweet elderly neighbors Minnie and Roman Castevet have plans for her unborn child. The only solution is, as the movie’s tag-line says, to “pray for Rosemary’s baby.”

Definitely gave us goosebumps!

-          Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 6/19

By askdotcom // June 19th, 2013

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We’re still feeling the summer vibes around here, so for today’s photo of the day challenge we’re asking if you can tell which sunscreen this brand is…

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If you said Hawaiian Tropic…you were correct!

Back in 1969 Ron Rice founded Hawaiian Tropic with a $500 loan from his father. The first batch of product was concocted in a metal trash can and bottled it from his home garage. After rapid success, he became the largest private manufacturer of sun care products in the United States until it was finally acquired in May 2007 by Playtex Products, Inc. 

What’s your preferred sunscreen or tanner this summer?

-Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 6/18/13

By askdotcom // June 18th, 2013

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For today’s photo of the day challenge, we were just too excited for summer to come, so we had to ask…”What flavor of ice cream is this?

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If you said, Pralines n’ Cream…You were right!

But did you actually know what praline means? Praline can refer to confections made from nuts and sugar syrup, whether in whole pieces or a ground powder, or to any chocolate cookie containing the ground powder or nuts. 

What flavors are your go-to during the summer?

-Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo Challenge of the Day 6/17/13

By askdotcom // June 17th, 2013

For today’s Instagram photo of the day challenge we asked, “Do you know which gam these pieces belong to?”

If you said Bingo, you were correct!

Bingo can actually be traced back to a lottery game played in Italy around 1530 called Il Giuoco del Lotto d’italia. By the time the eighteenth century rolled around, the game had moved into France and evolved to include playing cards, tokens, and reading numbers out loud. In the nineteenth century, Bingo was being widely used in Germany to teach children spelling, animal names, and multiplication tables.

Le Lotte was created in France in 1778, which featured 27 squares in a unique layout of three rows and nine columns, which later became the basis for the modern day design. It was in the early 1920’s that Hugh J. Ward standardized the game we know today at carnivals around Pennsylvania. He went on to copyright the game, “Bingo” and author its rule book in 1933.

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Top Place to Work – That’s Us!

By askdotcom // June 17th, 2013

Ask.com is pleased to announce that we’ve been selected as one of The Bay Area News Group’s Top Workplaces! The best part – this was based solely on employee feedback.

The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 37 major publishing partners and recognizes a list of 150 National Top Workplaces.  Over the past year, more than 5,000 organizations and 1 in every 88 employees in the U.S. have turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what’s on the minds of their employees.

It’s really a great to know that Ask employees are seeing and experiencing how much our executives and management teams focus on employee satisfaction and creating a healthy and happy work environment. 

The Bay Area News Group published the complete list of Top Workplaces on June 16th. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit www.topworkplaces.com and www.workplacedynamics.com.

Interested in joining our team? Check out the current job openings to see if there’s a fit for you!

-          Lisa Ross, VP, Human Resources, Ask.com

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