This the claim for the new search engine!

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.

I invite you to read the philosophy of this new venture.

Do let me have your comments and appreciation of the search engine.


#1 stefan on 08.04.08 at 3:20 pm

I believe Cuil (spoken like “cool”), will not last for to long. it have a hype right now in the blogger world, as some ex-Google employees are working on Cuil.
but if you look at the search results, it is by far not as good as Google is today. for sure the looks is different and perhaps more a-peeling with the pictures.
but i believe, not the biggest index give the best result, it’s the best algorithm, and this is still by google. :-/

#2 Shah on 08.04.08 at 4:04 pm

Cuil’s claim to fame is that it indexes more pages than Google, not that it will give you more hits (though you would think that it would). So what if it is indexing 3x more pages. Are those pages worth indexing? I am really skeptical that a page that Google doesn’t index for whatever reason is the page I am after when I search something.

There are only two things that matter when it comes to what happens after you hit the search button, the interface and the results in the first 1-5 pages. The rest is junk. Telling me that I got three trillion hits is like my computer reporting that it took seven billion calculations to open a program. Great. That is a fun fact, but I give frak!

If you want to beat Google, you need something new. Natural language searches, search engines that act as agents continuously looking for things for you, whatever. Doing what Google does but supposedly slightly better just isn’t enough. Google already does it good enough for most people. If you want to beat Google, you need to do something innovative that Google doesn’t do… and then rest the temptation to not take the dump truck of money they offer you should they recognise you as competition worthy of being bought out.

#3 joseph on 08.04.08 at 8:12 pm

So you are both of opinion that KING Google is there to stay as the mightest…

#4 Shah on 08.04.08 at 10:10 pm

*cough* Google may be number 1 but it it’s not the best, IMHO. People will keep using it because it does provide relevant results within the first 5 pages, and its indexing capabilities are great.

I, for one, use Clusty which works differently. Wiki:
My results are usually on the first 2 pages.

Cuil needs to be innovative.

#5 Chris on 08.04.08 at 10:52 pm

Cuil is definitely going for it, but it’s hard to imagine them doing anything but incremental changes to what Google’s done. And even that would take years of effort. has taken a different tack. We have a full web index, but we change the results based on the surfing activity of our user base (now over 2,000,000). It’s in alpha, but I’d be curious to hear your thoughts.

#6 Shah on 08.05.08 at 1:53 pm

Social search is a nice concept but it’s bad because it’s too cliche. There are many who don’t like cliches.

Why are you so confident in the success of Cuil?

#7 Oli on 08.06.08 at 12:21 am

It is quite bold to say the concept is bad. Isn’t after all the product of the pagerank algorithm the result of the collective masses voting by clicking on the links?

Isn’t that ‘social’ searching?

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