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.