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Announcing a new search engine: Cuil July 28, 2008

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Random musings, Tools.

There’s a new search engine that is about to give Google a run for its money. Cuil (pronounced “Cool”), which was developed by husband-and-wife team Tom Costello and Anna Patterson, a search-engine researcher from Stanford University and a former Google employee, aims to rank the relevance of search results by content analysis rather than by popularity. Google, on the other hand, treats Web links as popular votes in weighing Web page relevance for a given query.

The founders of Cuil boast that it indexes 120 billion Web pages, “three times more than any other search engine.” Google, in response, announced on Monday that it now indexes 1 trillion URLs, though not all of them lead to unique Web pages. Says Patterson, “Our team approaches search differently. By leveraging our expertise in search architecture and relevance methods, we’ve built a more efficient yet richer search engine from the ground up. The Internet has grown and we think it’s time search did, too.”

Most importantly, Cuil promises privacy. “There’s a separation between search and surveillance. Whereas Google records information about its users and their searches to improve the user experience and to deliver more relevant search results and ads, Cuil remembers nothing.”

It still has a few bugs to iron out, but I’m confident they will be able to do so soon. Now we just have to see if it can go up against the 800,000 lb. gorilla and survive. I know I for one plan on giving it a try tomorrow. ..


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2. ninyadelrey - July 29, 2008

Surprisingly enough, this is the second blog I’ve read this morning about this search engine! I gave it a (very) brief try, and must say that I’m not impressed yet. I was looking for a particular website that I couldn’t recall the address for, and in 3 pages of results, Cuil didn’t find it. When I looked in Google, it was the first page to show up. (For what it’s worth, I just pulled up Yahoo, and on the 3rd of 16+ pages of results, I found one of the subpages, but in looking through the first 10 pages, still have yet to find the homepage!).
I’ll have to try it more in depth when I’m looking for more general research, but Google still has my vote for now!

3. jillsommer - July 29, 2008

Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet. I hope to do so today. I used to work as an Internet researcher in Germany, so new search engines and search methods get me excited. 🙂

4. Natali - July 29, 2008

The new visual search engine already exists, it is only for kids))

5. Riccardo - July 29, 2008

I’m not impressed: the first search I did was for “Translation Quality” – my blog was on the first page in Cuil, but then I searched for “Italian translator”, and the search gave no result whatsoever. It did find results when I changed the search string to “Italian translators”, but still… I guess I’ll check it out again if and when they improve it enough.

6. Riccardo - July 29, 2008

Must have been a temporary problem, because now “Italian translator” works.

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