THE CUIL PHENOMENON

Cuil (to be pronounced as "cool") is "yet another" search engine which came into www on July 28 of this year. Cuil is Irish for knowledge. The key feature of this SE is that it displays search results relatively long entries along with thumbnail pictures of those webpages.

It is developed and managed largely by former employees of Google with investments from Madrone Capital Partners, Greylock Partners and Tugboat Ventures. Unlike other search engines, it does not store users’ search activity - names, IP addresses or cookies (privacy policy).

In the backend, the Cuil claims that it had the world's largest search engine index - 121,617,892,992 web pages (as of today). They say that Cuil searches more pages on the Web than anyone else—three times as many as Google and ten times as many as Microsoft.


Cuil searches for and ranks pages based on their content and relevance - "When we find a page with your keywords, we stay on that page and analyze the rest of its content, its concepts, their inter-relationships and the page’s coherency."

But it seems that the SE has irrelevant or wrong search results for many of the tested cases. Vince Sollitto, VP of communications, Cuil said "will only improve with time. It's day one. Traffic is massive. We're new. There are bugs to fix, results to improve."

In my personal experience, I have tried for "writercsk". It says "No results were found for: writercsk. If you’ve checked your spelling, you could try using fewer or different keywords to broaden your search. Still no luck? Send us your feedback: noresults@cuil.com"

Though the concept of having a huge search engine index is a big positive point, its the effeciency of the search which forms the ultimatum. Focusing on size rather than relevance is of no worth (Google search shows 236 results for the same "writercsk").

Remember! Size doesn't matter. Its either Search or Sex.

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