SciTechBlog   « Back to Blog Main
July 29, 2008

How cool is Cuil?

Posted: 09:54 AM ET

There's a new challenger to Google, the 800-pound gorilla of Internet search engines: www.Cuil.com, which looks French but was developed by American ex-Google engineers backed by $33 million in venture capital. Pronounced "cool," the site began processing search requests Monday.

Cuil (apparently also a Gaelic word for knowledge) promises to search 121 billion Web pages - three times more than Google, it claims - and to deliver more relevant and helpful results. According to Cuil's site, its technology burrows into the content of each page to place results in better context than search engines that rank quantity of links to Web sites. Unlike Google, Cuil also promises not to collect data about its users' search histories.

Like a lot of curious folks Monday, I did a few random Cuil searches and compared the results to Google. If sheer numbers mean anything, my highly unscientific test revealed that Cuil has some catching up to do. A search for "Beijing Olympics" produced 20 million pages on Google, 1.1 million on Cuil. "Barack Obama" got 58 million Google hits; on Cuil, less than 6.5 million. Google also led its Obama results with recent news headlines about the presidential candidate, while Cuil's first page of Obama hits contained only biographical information from Wikipedia and his official Senate/campaign sites.

In fairness, though, we should probably give Cuil a few days to rev its engine up to full speed. A Cuil search Monday morning for "Siamese cats" pulled up nothing; you had to type in "Siamese cat" to get any results. By Monday afternoon that glitch was fixed, and "Siamese cats" produced 43,000 hits. Cuil also appeared to be overwhelmed by traffic from curious users, because another search Monday afternoon produced a near-blank page with the message, "Due to excessive load, our servers didn't return results."

I like Cuil's reader-friendly format, which arrays results in a magazine-like layout complete with thumbnail images and a few sentences of text instead of Google's bare-bones, pancake stack of links. I don't think "Cuiling" will replace "Googling" in the popular lexicon anytime soon, but it seems like a promising alternative. What do you think?

- Brandon Griggs, Tech Section Producer, CNN.com

Filed under: Internet


Share this on:
que ver en paris   December 8th, 2011 11:41 pm ET

This surely makes great sense!


creation sites   December 14th, 2011 5:58 am ET

Thank god some bloggers can write. Thank you for this writing!


Lee Sottile   May 3rd, 2013 12:41 am ET

Speaking of the top level domain name since this plays a large role in picking the right domain name for domain name registration; many experts have noted that before you go for a domain name registration, you should identify your top level domain. The .com is the most common top level domain that is used today, for it stands for commercial domains. Of course there are other types and each has its own uses and functions."

Have a look at all of the most current posting at our personal blog
<http://www.caramoan.co/


Leave Your Comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.


subscribe RSS Icon
About this blog

Are you a gadgethead? Do you spend hours a day online? Or are you just curious about how technology impacts your life? In this digital age, it's increasingly important to be fluent, or at least familiar, with the big tech trends. From gadgets to Google, smartphones to social media, this blog will help keep you informed.

subscribe RSS Icon
twitter
Powered by WordPress.com VIP