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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Cuil.com: One quick look

The new search engine, Cuil.com, launched yesterday. Its about page states, "Rather than rely on superficial popularity metrics, Cuil searches for and ranks pages based on their content and relevance." Good.

A search for Springfield Illinois blogs returned 133,006 results (screen shot of the first two). The first ten 11 of which were:

  1. hotelsbycity.net/hotels/usa/illinois/springfield/
  2. artmam.net/Illinois-1.htm
  3. springfield.diningguide.com/sitemap.htm
  4. blogs.ebay.com/designer_items_for_less
  5. springfield.diningguide.com/dt2chx.htm
  6. springfield.diningguide.com/dt2jap.htm
  7. pharmacyonduty.com/pharmablogs/pharmacy-springfield-illinois
  8. emol.org/hotel/chain/us-il-springfield-lm.html
  9. emol.org/hotel/chain/us-il-springfield-hj.html
  10. xxxgente.chueca.com/rrotp/springfield-illinois-small-business-loans.html (this fucker redirected to a Russian fake Microsoft "Windows Defense" site that started with one of these, then did a fake scan of my computer, and ended with this; none of those files exist on my computer, by the way
  11. regionalbar.com/Illinois/Springfield/General_Practice_Lawyers.html

Those are based on content? Relevant? Not even. Spammy? Oh yeah. Poor quality? Definitely. Harmful? Quite possibly.

Verdict: Do not use cuil.com.

Posted by Marie at July 29, 2008 12:24 PM


I checked it out briefly yesterday and came to the same conclusion. While the results where shown in a different style than most other search engines, Google included, it looked and felt far less usable.

Nice try. I guess. At least the black background looks cool?

Posted by: EJ at July 29, 2008 1:33 PM

I've tried it out too and found it pretty irrelevant.

Posted by: shoo at July 29, 2008 2:11 PM

No one can take down the google.

Posted by: John at July 30, 2008 9:20 AM