AskMeNow Inc.
Traded as OTC Pink: AKMN
Industry Search
Fate Dissolved
Founded November 2005 (2005-11)
Defunct 2008 (2008)
Headquarters Irvine, California
Area served
North America
Key people
Darryl Cohen - CEO
Products S3 - Enterprise Semantic Search Solution
Services SMS-based question answering, mobile content distribution, mobile advertising
Revenue Increase US$54,536 (FY 2007)[1]
Increase US$-9.428 million (FY 2007)[1]
Increase US$-20.435 million (FY 2007)[1]
Total assets Decrease US$645,110 (FY 2007) [1]
Total equity Decrease US$-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 which utilized proprietary technology to offer 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 Wikipedia 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and return specific answers rather than just relevant articles.[5] The contract between AskMeNow and Wikimedia was rescinded after Jimmy Wales announced his own for profit search engine named Wikia.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]


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