Cuil – “Worlds Largest Search Engine” – Our Tests Show New Web Search Engine Just Might Be Better Than Google – What Do You Think?

Cuil – New Search Engine Claims It Has Three Times Larger Index Than Google

Google holds about 62 percent share of the U.S. search market, and with Yahoo (21 percent) and Microsoft (8.5 percent), the top three engines account for over 90 percent of the market share. At BFP I don’t think anyone uses anything much else than Google – but that might change because we’re really excited about a new search engine called Cuil. (Pronounced “cool’)

Cuil is the child of a few ex-Google engineers who say they developed new technology that digs down deeper into the web to find what you are really looking for.

After trying it for an hour, we have to admit that we are excited. The search results are not just different, they are more on point. It is like doing a “search within results” on Google, but again – different. We are also seeing results that we can’t find on Google no matter what terms we search under.

Search “Barbados” with Cuil – the world’s largest search engine – and you get back 5.6 million returns. Barbados Free Press is Number 3 !

We’ll let you know in a few weeks whether Cuil becomes our first choice for searches. (And yes, when you search the word “barbados”, guess what the number three hit is?) 🙂

In the meantime, try it out and we’ll talk about it.

New Search Engine: Cuil.com

About Cuil

Welcome to Cuil—the world’s biggest search engine. The Internet has grown. We think it’s time search did too.

The Internet has grown exponentially in the last fifteen years but search engines have not kept up—until now. Cuil searches more pages on the Web than anyone else—three times as many as Google and ten times as many as Microsoft.

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.

Then we offer you helpful choices and suggestions until you find the page you want and that you know is out there. We believe that analyzing the Web rather than our users is a more useful approach, so we don’t collect data about you and your habits, lest we are tempted to peek. With Cuil, your search history is always private.

Cuil is an old Irish word for knowledge. For knowledge, ask Cuil.

Further Reading

Guardian: Cuil New Search Technology

Associated Press: Ex-Google Engines Debut “Cuil” Way To Search

25 Comments

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25 responses to “Cuil – “Worlds Largest Search Engine” – Our Tests Show New Web Search Engine Just Might Be Better Than Google – What Do You Think?

  1. Barbados the beautiful

    Just goes to show the world gets its news and views more and more from the internet. Our country will benefit (or maybe not) from this.

  2. reality check

    They still have a lot of work to do. Barbados free press showed me no returns. I will stick with google. It has served us all quite well.

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    BFP says,

    Huh? “Barbados Free Press” as a search term returned 12,936 hits for us. Maybe the search engine is getting overwhelmed on its first day?

    I did get a “no hits found” on a few other common words, so you might be right that Cuil needs a little work.

    I’m not about to give up Google altogether either, but Cuil has been returning some documents about Barbados that we haven’t seen before.

    Some poor group of Cuil techies are probably going without sleep for the fourth day as they try to get things right for the launch.

    Thanks for stopping by RC

  3. BFP right at the cutting edge :o). I’m impressed.

    Cuil (pronounced ‘Cool’ I take it?) is certainly generating a lot of discussion.

  4. Oh, meant to give this link to BBC article as well:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7528503.stm

  5. naa for now they cant match google. cant even find muhself. chupse!

  6. Straight talk

    Had to hit search twice to get any results presented.

    Is this a beta program or the finished product?

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    BFP says,

    Hi ST,

    Yes… it is starting to happen to us too. Probably getting overwhelmed as today is the big launch day.

    Too bad. The results we had this morning were excellent, so hopefully they will get additional capacity up asap or they won’t find many friends.

  7. Rohan

    One of their selling points is the fact that they do not store your search queries like google does. Worth a second look at that alone as far as I’m concerned.

  8. Isauzucrewcab

    They’re having plenty of issues. In some instances, while the count of results show hundreds of thousands, only 2 pages of actual results show up.

    Also, while the idea of the images next to the search results is good, they are very strange. Searches for BGP (internet protocol) brought up pics of frogs and for Calypso Barbados, displayed a car accident!! (Touchy).

    Results are also very inconsistent and this should not be a problem due to increased traffic.

    I’m all for the new guy (or gal in this case), but will give them a few weeks to work out the kinks.

  9. CENTIPEDE

    Well I tried searching and this is what came up “We didn’t find any results for “panasonic power supply PV-GS19 ”

    Put “panasonic power supply PV-GS19” in Google and you’re off to the races…..

    So much for that.

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    BFP says,

    Yup… we’ve had the same return trying to find “prime minister david thompson”, but it returned just fine this morning. It looks like the thing is doing a melt-down on the first day. Too bad for them!

  10. Hey All.

    Keep in mind this new search site is currently experiencing “The Slashdot Effect”. As in, it is suddenly under a *whole* lot of load.

    It is possible that their back-end databases are suffering, and currently not able to return as many results to their public-facing interface as they could. While they claim to have a larger dataset then Google, it’s almost certain they don’t have the same computing infrastructure.

    My test queries are also disappointing, but I’m going to hold off making a final judgement for several more days.

    (See http://tech.slashdot.org/tech/08/07/28/068211.shtml )

  11. Too much traffic

    Here’s what is posted when you try to log in,

    “We’ll be back soon…

    Due to overwhelming interest, our Cuil servers are running a bit hot right now. The search engine is momentarily unavailable as we add more capacity.

    Thanks for your patience.”

  12. Rohan

    Haha, kinda like the digg effect. The guys over at Google must be laughing their tails off.

  13. CENTIPEDE

    good opportunity for Microsoft to step in with a buy-out offer ? ? ? … >:)

  14. Anon

    Seems to be working this morning. Type in “Owen Arthur” and see what happens.

  15. 1huge Yaawwwn!

    I’m not about to switch from Google.

    I use Google Images almost as much as I do plain ole Google.

    Does Kool have that?
    maybe it does. I haven’t even taken the time to go look…I’m that satisfied with Google,frankly.. ho hum
    another new kid on the block.

    Dear me how we need or daily novelty.

  16. 1huge Yaawwwn!

    ..that’s OUR daily novelty…sorry

  17. .49

    cuil aint ready yet
    its a joke rite now !

  18. cherry2enpowered

    I check out this cuill search engine and right now it has an old fashioned look, no wiki definitions and no proper image results.
    I have use windizzi and searchme and their returns are much better. Windizzi use the stach formula with images of the websites at the side and searchme uses a 3D format.
    You will think that for 3 directors who create and design search engines [goolge, ebay] this cuill would be more attractive and results orientated.
    Maybe this is what $33million gives you.
    Back to the drawing board.

  19. Tell me Why

    Nothing cool with this CUIL

    Type in simple subjects to search and it keep coming up with the following:-

    “We didn’t find any results for …………………..

    Some reasons might be…
    * a typo. Please check your spelling.
    * your search includes a term that is very rare. Try to find a more common substitute.
    * too many search terms. Please try fewer terms.

    Finally, try to think of different words to describe your search.

    Nothing is ‘cool’ with Cuil

  20. yatinkiteasy

    I agree that Cuil is not so cool!
    I tried “Antigua Murder” to see what they had on that horrible story out of Antigua where a British couple were attacked July 26th in their hotel room, leaving the wife dead and the husband brain dead…Cuil came back with pages of junk, and a story about a murder some ten years ago!
    Google had pages of links to news stories and videos from the UK and Antigua about this incident…as far as I am concerened, Cuil is an unfinished piece of work.

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  22. TheWatcher

    Happy to hear that someone is finally going to challenge Google which is now nothing more than and advertisers cess-pool.
    Try doing any real serious academic research on Google and you wil be bombarded with the “buy” offers related to your search. Is that really what the web is all about?
    I hope that these people tap the full potential of their new venture and resist the urge to sell the one of the major trash peddelers!

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    TheWatcher…
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    If you’re using the Firefox web-browser
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    and gain control over web content like crazy!
    BLOCK those suckers,man!

    Using Adblock, I have many favourite(often-visited) webpages pared down,now… to Real valid CONTENT, with zero intrusions…many scripts and I-frames BANNED,etc.

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  24. Charles C

    I’ve tried cuil a few times, I’m the first to admit, I’m an old man and not very good on the internet, but cuil has almost proved useless to me, I’m going to hang this site in favorites, then come back when I have time and see how it’s bigger and better, because I usually think there’s some thing there if someone claims it. Be back soon to try harder.