Using Ask X As Testing Ground

As the about page explains, this is Ask’s “double-secret sandbox for testing Ask experiences of the future”.

The layout is new with a tri-panel interface, similar somewhat to AskCity, another recently launched Ask addition.

Ask details the development below though when doing searches there were only 2 panels for a search of AussieWebmaster, one for Danny Sullivan brought all three.

# Left: A search control panel that stays with you, complete with Zoom Related Search and Search Suggestions that update as you type.

# Middle: Results front and center to provide clutter-free information without having to scroll down the page, and Binoculars to preview results.

# Right: A preview of other types of search results, including video, news, images, blogs, shopping, encyclopedia and more.

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