5.8.08

Working Man Blues on the Internet

A dirty word called 'work'  I don't know about you but I get inundated by promotional emails almost every day. I guess I'm partly to be blamed for getting into this kind of situation.

About 50% of them are spammy emails with ludicrous offers that only a noob would entertain. The other half being newsletters and ezine stuff which I have subscribed but can't remember when I had keyed in my email address on the subscription forms to get them delivered.

Thanks to my generosity or rather stupidity, now I have to make it a daily task to check the inbox and expedite the termination of these spams and other redundant emails that are beginning to get under my skin.

Oh well, what I'm trying to say is that if you are in a kind of similar situation like me, it's better to do things early rather than be sorry later.

Procrastination is not a good idea because if you doze off you will find a huge pile of emails up to your neck! That means you will be terribly bogged down clearing them. Just imagine yourself scooping snow in your driveway and backyard while your missus watches from the window!

Okay, I'm just exaggerating with this rambling, but truth be told - it's not very hard to spend a little time checking your inbox each day. By doing this you will maintain a clean and uncluttered inbox. Is it so difficult to do?

There I have implied the dirty word "Work". But this kind of work is a piece of cake if you motivate yourself to dig in with a sense of discipline. Believe me, it doesn't raise half a sweat if you stick to this routine. Goodbye, email clutter! - Markk


1.8.08

Google is Goog but How Cool is Cuil?

When search engine giant Google thinks it's cool to pay attention to Cuil, the new search engine that was launched on Monday (July 28, 2008), SEO pundits are aroused from their slumber.

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
Cuil needs to come up with a different approach and that is to focus on the page's content and then present a set of results that has both depth and breadth.

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.