Cuil Review (Search Engine)

Cuil.com (pronounced “cool”) is a new search engine which is aiming to make a dent in Google’s dominance. Does it have a shot? It brings a few things to the table, but overall needs some work.

I’m not sure if I am loving the column layout, but it could potentially grow on me.  I do like how they provide a bit more of a description than Google does, however, that is certainly not a deal-maker.  This is something Google can add very easily to their results.  Google out preforms them in search relevancy and result returns as well.  Even though Cuil supposedly has a larger index, Google’s results are much more relevant and provide much more results per query. Where Cuil does have some interesting items is their more generalized search categories – when you search something like New York or France it provides a number of categories with very relevant results.

Okay, let’s look at this in perspective here, Google has been fine tuning their search engine for ten years now, Cuil was founded in 2005 and was released today (July 28th, 2008).  So they are less than a day old.  Should Google be concerned?  No, at least not yet (or any time soon, if at all).  Google is synonymous with the word “search” – you hear it all the time “Google It.”

Another concern of mine is people and companies who have worked extremely hard to get their Google rankings up and make their way to the top of search results.  I think this will be another obstucle in the way of any other search engine out there, not because it’s not “good”, but because Google is such a part of everyone’s life and many sites are built around its specifications.

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Bottom line is that Cuil is interesting and will definitely be worth following, but it certainly is no real danger as of now – especially just one day old.

What do you think of Cuil?  Leave a comment!  By the way, did you find this writeup via Google, Yahoo, Live, or Cuil?  Let me know.

  • When I did a search for New York Newspaper and the only link to the New York Times (on the first page of results…) was to some obscure section of that newspaper (not the home page)…..well…I think that says it all!

    And the columnar thing is stupid. Search results in a single column are easier and faster to scan. Search engines aren’t about speed and ease of reading. It’s not a blog or a newspaper…it’s a listing…and a LIST works best in exactly that form. I think this layout is simple an attempt to look different, but has no value in terms of user operability. In fact, I’ll go so far as to guess that, if Cuil survives, they’ll eventually scrap the columns…

    Pilt

  • I tried to search for “Cuil” on Cuil and no results for their website came out. Made me chuckle. Seriously though, they have major issues with relevancy.

  • (I found this page via Google)

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    Uh-huh. Shouldn’t even that though have some relevancy to the page?

    After striking out trying to find something I was researching I decided to do a search where I knew what the results should be.

    I did a search on a particular bench I make, and which comes out on the first page on a Google search. Not only didn’t the provided link(s) take me to my page, The photos were not from my page, and the description, a mish mash from multiple unrelated pages, had me being saved by Mr T from Michael Jackson’s glove!

    A very big disappointment; what good is having access to all those pages if you cant even provide one relevant link to the users question.

    Don’t worry about the name or layout, just get results and everyone will stop griping about the rest.

  • For some reason my reply left out this quote from the top of the page:

    “I do like how they provide a bit more of a description than Google does, “

  • Thanks for the comment K. It appears the results are getting worse and worse by the day. A quick search for besttechie now yields more irrelevant results than two days ago.

    Not to mention, the descriptions are just as you said, a mish mash of text. Seems it’s getting worse, not better.

    On a side note, did you see Yuil? It used Yahoo’s BOSS technology. However, they took it down earlier.

  • Well, I tried Cuil on the 29th. I was able to get onto Cuil faster than Google (due to server location), but the Cuil results are very irrelevant, and you can’t use operators like “AND”, “OR”, and “site:” in order to refine your results.

  • Ugh. So much wrong with it. The layout, the non-relevant results (still can’t find my own blog listed, even with five targeted search terms), and the name is juvenile. Reminds me of “kewl.” You can tell me all you want it’s pronounced “cool,” but that’s not what it looks like. This thing can’t go anywhere “as is.” Needs a major revamp already.


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