First Impressions of Cuil Hot and Cold

Ainsley Jones

A former Google employee and her husband have unveiled a new search engine to rival that of her ex-employer. Anna Patterson and Tom Costello launched Cuil, which claims to have 120 billion Web pages indexed.


Cuil's search engine purportedly analyzes the context of pages and the concept of queries to provide its rankings by content rather than popularity, reports Cuil also organizes similar search results into categories and provides tabs for clarification and offers suggestions to improve searches.


ZDNet's Larry Dignan wonders what the big deal is. Mixed results and error messages left Dignan with a very poor first impression of Cuil.


This TechCrunch article in The Washington Post calls Cuil an excellent search engine that does a good job at anticipating what users want next. The article does note that Google's search engine seems to have more depth and better rankings.


Cuil is the latest challenger to Google's search engine this year. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launched Wikia Search for testing back in January.

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