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Chris Cardell

Cuil… Internet ceases to expand

Cuil SearchIt’s been almost a month since the hype surrounding the launch of Cuil a search engine and Google basher run by a formal Google employee. On Cuil’s home page you can find the number of pages Cuil has indexed, 121,617,892,992, the exact same number as it was on launch. Either the Internet has stopped growing or the Cuil servers have run out of disk space. What does this mean for the web pages created since launch? All we know is… pasting the title of our latest post into Google brings up the original story and location in the number one position, pasting into Cuil gives us, “No results were found”.

“Rather than rely on superficial popularity metrics, Cuil searches for and ranks pages based on their content and relevance. When we find a page with your keywords, we stay on that page and analyze the rest of its content, its concepts, their inter-relationships and the page’s coherency.”

It’s a nice concept; it will be interesting to see if they ever put it into practice. One batch index of the Internet generated during the middle ages just won’t do.

Enough, we’ve committed enough Cuil bashing already.

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  • Jenniferlauren

    Cuil definitely went for it, but it’s hard to imagine them doing anything but incremental changes to what Google’s done. And even that would take years of effort. has taken a different tack. We have a full web index, but we change the results based on the surfing activity of our user base (now over 2,000,000). It’s in alpha, but I’d be curious to hear your thoughts.

  • Geoserv

    If Cuil was suppose to be a serious contender to take over Google, I’m gonna start a search engine right now.

    What a disaster it has been, nothing but crap SERPs and a horrid layout.

    No wonder they are ex-google employees.

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