I recently read about an ex-employee of Google who, along with some other ex-employees, created a new search engine called Cuil, pronounced “cool.” It supposedly boasts an index as large if not larger than Google’s. And it was supposed to be better.
Curious as I am, I decided to crank up Cuil and give it a spin.
I first noticed the bkack background of the interface, which is quite different than any other search engine I’ve run across. I then typed in Alaska’s Inside Passage and clicked the search button.
Um … no results.
Google provides me with 84,200 results, many of them valuable and within the first couple pages. Supposedly Google has in excess of 8 billion documents indexed. Cuil reports having indexed just over 1 billion.
Maybe they haven’t indexed the good stuff yet. I also noticed that their About link is broken. Not a good first impression.
Here’s some additional information on Cuil: