Cuil.com

So, a new search engine launches called Cuil.com (pronounced "cool").

120 billion pages they claim to be covering.

So let\’s do a search, shall we? For the word "worstall" perhaps?

We didn’t find any results for “worstall”

Some reasons might be…

  • a typo. Please check your spelling.
  • your search includes a term that is very rare. Try to find a more common substitute.
  • too many search terms. Please try fewer terms.

Finally, try to think of different words to describe your search.

Hmm. That\’s with safe search either on or off.

Google has 223,000 results for Worstall.

OK, I\’m probably the only person on the planet that might actually use that search, but no mentions at all out of 120 billion pages?

Is it too early to make this down as a fail*?

 

*Or am I doing something wrong?

Update:

We’ll be back soon…

Due to overwhelming interest, our Cuil servers are running a bit hot right now. The search engine is momentarily unavailable as we add more capacity.

Thanks for your patience.

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “Cuil.com”

  1. It seems to be flaky as fuck. I did a search for worstall with SafeSearch on and found 89.300 hits. Switched it off and got no hits. Switched it back on, got 89.753 hits.

    Bizarre.

  2. “Finally, try to think of different words to describe your search.”

    I’m trying. It’s not easy.

  3. On my searches, various thumbnails were attached to entries for which they have no connection. I tried the search several times and always came up with the same thumbnails.

  4. It seems to work reasonably for me – we’ll see how it develops.

    Re DaveB’s point – I tried a vanity search and got some interesting thumbnails that cuil seemed to think were pictures of me.

  5. My real name is not very famous but I get about 40 hits on google. 1 on this. terrible name. Nice but fussy interface. Strangely the thumbnail on the one result they had on me was a picture of that unfortunate centrefold lady who married a billionaire and died after childbirth, not long after her older son had died in the hospital she was staying in, can’t remember her name.

  6. Hmm. tried searching for Kronberger, a name connected to my family. 1/2 a mil hits on google. None on cuil. Which raises the question, why bother? There are plenty of other untapped ways of making money.

  7. Back to 89,511 now but how do you change safe search on or off?

    “Remittance Man” only generates 2,401 results, not all mine. and those that are make a very strange collection of posts – no logic either alphabetically or chronologically. Perhaps their spiders still need training.

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