Cuil Search Engine: A Long Way to go

By | July 28, 2008

Cuil.com, a Google search competitor, launched today, July 28, 2008 and I’m happy for it.  But, they’ve got a long way to go to unseat Google as the search king.

They claim to rank content rather than popularity (number of incoming links to a web site). Unfortunately, that type of understanding programmed into software is a long way off.

A simple search for “carte orange”, the Paris public transportation pass, returns a lot of weak results on Cuil:

http://www.cuil.com/search?q=carte%20orange&sl=long

Whereas on Google, the majority on spot on for finding good in-depth information on the correct subject:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=carte+orange&btnG=Google+Search

Cuil has some nice features though: pictures in search results, category refinement (search within search results by clicking on a category), and instant search suggestions which are already quite good.

Google has gotten lonely up at the top.  It’s nice that Cuil may give them some competition.

One thought on “Cuil Search Engine: A Long Way to go

  1. mus1c_lov3r

    i thought so too but after a little less than three months i check back again to see if they’re improving, but to me they’re not. why, they can’t still find my site. i also don’t like the pictures that come with every results, they’re confusing and irrelevant most of the time.search engines with clean layout like find.com is what i like. no frills, just relevant results.

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