Is Cuil Going to be as Cool as Google?

Maybe! Cuil is another search engine which was recently launched. If you are tired of Wikipedia always being first in Google’s search results, then this might be the search engine that you are looking for. It is said to index 120 billion web pages and promises to return better results than Google.

Cuil’s page ranking is not based on popularity metrics but rather on content and relevance. What it does is find a page which contains the keywords you entered, analyze the rest of the content of that page, its concepts, inter-relationships and coherency.

Then we offer you helpful choices and suggestions until you find the page you want and that you know is out there. We believe that analyzing the Web rather than our users is a more useful approach, so we don’t collect data about you and your habits, lest we are tempted to peek. With Cuil, your search history is always private.

Cuil, pronounced as “cool” is derived from an old Irish word meaning knowledge. It is made by former employees of Google which makes it even more interesting to follow. The way it delivers search results is very different from the search engines that we normally use. Cuil displays results in a more visual way by adding photos across the results page that include sidebars that can be clicked on to learn more about any given topic.

The search engine is creating a lot of buzz in the blogosphere. Some are already saying that this is a Google killer. Aside from the frequent downtime and outage that Cuil is experiencing since its launch, there is just one thing that I find quite odd when I tested the search engine. It returned great results for a bunch of keywords that I used but when I searched orangeinks, Cuil returned a rather unusual result. In one of the results for the orangeinks keyword, a rather peculiar image is included in the result. (Check out the screenshot). When I clicked the image, it redirects me to my Entrecard profile page. I don’t know how this happened or how the algorithm of Cuil managed to come up with this result along with the image. This just shows that the search engine is still in its infancy and will take a lot of work and tweaking before it can match Google. However, it shows a lot of promise and I am personally interested on how the search engine will fare in the search engine wars, especially with the Microsoft acquired Powerset.

13 Comments on “Is Cuil Going to be as Cool as Google?

  1. My girlfriend’s grandma, of all people, told me about Cuil yesterday. So I checked it out, and I am not liking the look and feel. I like my searches to be more text based perhaps. I don’t think it will last.

  2. I understand your concern Beau71. I think that Cuil is also a good addition to the existing search engines out there. They could sure use some competition to improve their service. Only time will tell if Cuil is going to last.

  3. I agree…only time will tell if “Cuil” will be cool or not?

    I do like how there are images that are returned on the search results. It also has a clear and polish look when the results are returned making it easier to read.

  4. The only thing that bothered me Marie is that one of the search results for orangeinks contained an image with “My success in Scientology.” LOL!!! …then it redirects me to my Entrecard profile when I clicked the image. There are also bloggers complaining that their homepages are not indexed by Cuil. If they claimed that they have more indexed pages than Google, then why aren’t those sites showing. It’s too early to tell the outcome of Cuil as it is only operational for a couple of days now.I hope they fix their algorithm soon if they want better search results.

  5. Cuil, I think I will check it out. No more “google (popularity) democracy?” What’s going to happen to the democratic (sarcastic sigh) process of buying and selling links.

  6. Really, this site is not very cuil after all. I just tried my first search of Arthroleve–a product that my company makes. On google, the black hat SEO’s that jack our traffic by writing targeted content with the word Arthroleve are on page five or six. On cuil, the black hat SEOs fill page one with irrelevant content designed to redirect traffic for our searches.

    In short, Cuil’s algorithm is horrible. Our product page (number one on google) doesn’t even show up in the first 5 pages. Though more complicated that I would ever care to understand, google’s algorithm seems to make much more sense to me.

  7. Greg: Will you let us know what you think? 🙂

    Jarret: Cuil uses a different algorithm than Google. That is what they said on their about page. They do not rely on link popularity in order to rate pages (PageRank). Hence it will return search results totally different from Google’s.

    I have no information on how Cuil’s algorithm really works. You have some strong points there Jarret. They promised to base their search results on content and not on popularity. The SEO question is, how to get to the first page? Thanks for sharing your thoughts Jarret. 🙂 Much appreciated.

  8. thats pretty funny that Cuil is made by ex-google employees, id like to see it take over google, not that it could ever happen because google has pretty much taken over the interent, look at all the services google provides, it’s crazy
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  9. As long as Google does not make the same mistake Yahoo did when they invested on Google when it was just starting, not knowing that it will be the cause of their downfall. But who knows, if they can actually make this work and for goodness sakes fix their algorithm, they could be a major Google competitor.

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