A long time ago, in a country far, far away (England), a fictional valet called Reginald Jeeves co-starred in a series of famous novels by the author P.G. Wodehouse.
Jeeves was smart as a whip. He answered all his employer’s questions about the meaning of life with impeccable wit and accuracy. So it was small wonder that in 1997 he was seconded by Garrett Gruener to act as the host of the question and answer web portal, AskJeeves.com.
AskJeeves.com only lasted until the early 2000s though. Despite fielding endless question-based queries (none of this keyword rubbish), Jeeves just couldn’t keep up with the hot competition for search engine dominance, and by 2001 he had retired to the small, picturesque village of Beddgelert in rainy Wales.
Jeeves was tempted out of retirement for a short time in 2009, but even his old-world charm and dignity combined with some cosmetic enhancements and a new suit, couldn’t save the renamed Ask.com site from the force that is Google.
You can still find Jeeves roaming the damp Welsh countryside, playing bowls, watching reruns of The Last of the Summer Wine, and competing (with notable success) in local pub quizzes.