Cool Cuil Knowledge
July 28, 2008
Cuil‘s the new search engine on the block. Cuil claims it searches over 120 billion pages, “three times as many as Google and ten times as many as Microsoft”. Cuil says it uses relevancy, not just popularity.
Is it any good?
Barely 12 hours old, Cuil is still sucking its thumb, but not to good effect.
I tried searching on my current research topic: I get results I already know are irrelevant.
Better results for the vanity search on my own name, but they’re not grouped for relevancy in obvious ways. That’s obvious and relevant to what I think, of course.
Searching for a previous employer (a 6-word phrase)… nothing, unless I cut the last two words off. Bizarrely, one of the first 11 returns is a spam keywords page (pretending to have Sheena Easton lyrics) which contains the word “For” – just one of my keywords. Not exactly a precision search!
However, the real problem is the number of times I see, “We didn’t find any results for …”. Just not enough capacity to handle the enquiries?
I like the idea that they don’t collect information about your searches, according to Cuil’s Privacy statement. Much like I’m not impressed with websites wanting to collect information about me when I ask for a train time (fortunately those days seem to have passed).
… we do not collect any personally identifiable information, period. We have no idea who sends queries: not by name, not by IP address, and not by cookies…. Your search history is your business, not ours.
Nice idea, but how about the searches?!
(Michael Arrington of TechCrunch seems to be the breaking news – Cuil Exits Stealth Mode With A Massive Search Engine– yet there’s no comment beyond what you can find on Cuil’s site.)