Cuil: The New Search Engine

Just in case you haven’t seen it yet, some for­mer Google engi­neers launched a new search engine, Cuil (pro­nounced “cool”), which claims to be the “world’s biggest search engine,” index­ing 120 bil­lion web pages, or rough­ly about three times what Google sup­pos­ed­ly does. (Get more info on the new site’s schtick here.) A quick round of test­ing indi­cates that Cuil has some room for improve­ment — the rel­e­van­cy of search results could be much bet­ter. But Cuil does have some momen­tum. On the very first day, it was the fifth largest web site refer­ring traf­fic to, and the traf­fic was wide­ly dis­trib­uted. (In oth­er words, one search term did­n’t send traf­fic to the same page.) Not bad for the first day out of the gate.

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  • Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the results seem a lit­tle wonky.

    I typed in our library name “Madi­son-Jef­fer­son Coun­ty Pub­lic Library” and received no results — even though it offered our library name as a sug­gest­ed search. I took out the word “pub­lic” and there we were.

    I’ll reserve judg­ment for now, but very odd.

  • Natali says:

    There is a new search engine. The new visu­al search engine, it is only for kids.

  • Carol A says:

    I used them for an aca­d­e­m­ic search and was very impressed with the results. OK — this is not the kind of search every­one needs, but for those strug­gling to find mate­r­i­al for an essay this site is, uh?, cool.….
    It gave promi­nence to the more cred­i­ble sites, very easy to read.

  • I am not very impressed with Cuil. I like the 3 col­umn for­mat, but every­time I do a search it comes back with errors. I think they have a serv­er issue or some­thing.


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