July 28, 2008

“Cuil” — pronounced “Cool”

Posted in Internet tagged , , at 10:18 pm by Katharine Lackey

A new competitor specifically targeting Google’s success, has emerged in the name of “Cuil,” pronounced “Cool,” the New York Times reports.

With a more streamlined and aesthetically pleasing look, one could prematurely think that Cuil would be a good alternative to the most popular search engine — Google. But, upon closer inspection, there are issues with Cuil that need to be ironed out before it can come up to Google’s standard.

During a couple searches I got this result:

No results because of high load…

Due to excessive load, our servers didn’t return results. Please try your search again.

Earlier in the day, a search for “blogs” yielded no results, although that error seems to be eliminated now.

I do like the top tabs and general layout of the pages, although some of the information seems dated. The colors — black and blue, reminded me of Blackle a little. Also, if you’re afraid of the feds, Cuil does not keep any search results — which is great if you’re doing something stupid or illegal. Cuil claims to be able to search more web pages than Google — but 1) I’ve never found a problem with Google having too few pages and 2) there’s no way to know that for certain.

At the end of the day, though, Cuil offers little advantage over Google other than appearance and doesn’t have an easy way to access to Maps, my Calender, Gmail and the variety of other Google products I use daily. I also didn’t see a image search or video search.

Here’s the problem, Google has become such a household name — when you say you did an internet search for something — you say you “googled” it. And therein lies the problem for Cuil — because its not as easy to say “I cuiled it” and Google already has such a hold in the household name department. And finally, there’s the problem that I keep trying to pronounce it as “qui-il.”

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1 Comment »

  1. Alex said,

    I had a similar impression of Cuil http://www.alexheaton.com/2008/07/cuil-worst-search-engine-in-western.html


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