Cuil Search Engine: Google Competitor From Ex-Google Employee

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

An ex-Google employee and her husband has taken on the task of creating a good competition for Google by the name cuil (pronounced cool). Cuil is a search engine with a difference.

First of all the results are presented in a grid layout with images and a short description. They claim to have indexed 121 billion pages on their website and promises to index more content than any other search engine (read Google).

Cuil claims to focus more on content analysis than content importance based on backlinks. Cuil doesn’t log your searches so your privacy is secured.

I don’t think it deserves the lambasting from the mercurial Dvorak. His search for “Sergey Brin” actually yielded over 400, 000 results when I tried. Searching for “Angsuman Chakraborty” brings up the picture of Anakin Skywalker! Overall the content appears to be less relevant than Google at this time and I found some spam pages that I never knew existed. It is too early for a prognosis however and I am willing to give it the benefit of doubt. One thing is for sure, its image display needs to significantly improve.

I see lots of opportunities to improve in the search engine space and so a new entry is always welcome. In fact I would have ventured into this space if I had few millions to spare.

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