Just as tdaxp spun off from Groundrocket, Catholicgauze spun off from tdaxp. I’ve tracked his rise in the blogosphere, and more recently his criticism of Ask.com Maps. According to Catholicgauze’s original review, Ask.com Maps is like Google Maps, except wildly inaccurate. The watery sinai penensula and the malarial swamps of the Australian Outback.
Ask.com respnded by pulling Catholicgauze from its database. In his words:
Throughout the past few days I have received hits from IP address from Ask.com. So did Ask fix their map problem or reply to concerns? No, they blacklisted Catholicgauze! When one searches for “Geographic Travels with Catholicgauze” or even “Catholicgauze” there are no results which directly lead to this blog! They honor other blogs like TDAXP. Yahoo and Google will show Geographic Travels with Catholicgauze at or very close to the top of â€œCatholicgauzeâ€ searches.
Why Ask? I point out a problem and you try to bury me and leave the problem only. I really want to like your map service and even stated that. Your behavior of blacklisting users while being kicked around by Google is shocking.
While not quite as bad as suing bloggers who write negative reviews, Ask.com’s behavior raises serious questions as its use as a reliable search engine. Back when it was AskJeeves, I would recommend Ask to people new to the internet. I will never do that again.