Cuil, A New Search Engine

We recently saw a new search engine in last April by the name of Wolfram Alpha. Several blog posts have talked about this and its features. I have to admit that I returned to Google because the search results were better. However, I’m always on the lookout for new search engines. Recently, I found Cuil.

Started by some former employees of Google, their website has this to say about it:

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.

What’s different about Cuil? Besides that they have a statement about their philosophy, Cuil’s creators also have a privacy policy. Of course policies aside and a very sleek looking design for their webpage, how does Cuil work?

I liked the ability to choose preferences in terms of language, high or low bandwidth, typing suggestions, and safe or not searching. The result display is visually appealing.


The way Cuil clearly put to the right that 2 search results were streaming videos was helpful.

But in the end, I found that Google was easier to use. I also liked the results I got from my Google search for knitting patterns. Of course, Cuil is still very new and it remains to be seen how this search engine will grow over the years.


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