So what's so cool about Cuil?
Cuil (pronounced as "cool") is claimed to be the "biggest search engine on the Web." Cuil, which is the old Irish word for knowledge, has indexed more than 120 billion pages so far since its launch. That's an impressive search index's figure to start with.
According to Cuil, more than 50 million searches were recorded for first-day traffic volume which is something that the new search engine had not reckoned with initially.
This is what they say on their website:
"...the traffic volume simply outstripped our ability to respond. Some machines failed. Some bugs were found. Some of our redundancies...weren't so redundant. This meant some searches didn't get the best results. Some didn't get any."It's early days for Cuil. Google has brushed aside a long list of challengers but, this time, it seems that we may have detected a little fidgeting up there in Mountain View. Is the new search engine making Google nervous?
Some pundits are looking at Cuil as the search engine to make Goog run for its money. Others remain sceptical, having seen so many tried and failed. But who knows, which one will be the search engine of choice farther down the road?
While Goog remains the dominant player in web search with its market share hitting 80%, some of us would agree that it's high time the Goog faces some serious competition. But is Goog unassailable?
How it looks like in Cuil's search results
And what is Cuil's philosophy in web search?
The people behind Cuil believe that the Internet is growing bigger and getting more disorganized each day. Search engines have not kept up with the exponential growth of the Internet. So Cuil's goal is to solve two areas of search that are considered problems:
- How to index the whole Internet and not just part of it
- How to analyze and sort out its pages so you get relevant results
According to Cuil, its searches do not rely on superficial popularity metrics like Goog's. Cuil believes that analyzing the Web rather than the users is a more useful approach.
One cool issue that we are getting from Cuil is the privacy of users. Unlike Goog, Cuil does not collect user data. That's what many of us like to hear. Well, so far so Goog for Cuil.