Monday, July 28, 2008

So Much For Google's New Competitor, Cuil

MyWay reports:

Anna Patterson's last Internet search engine was so impressive that industry leader Google Inc. (GOOG) (GOOG) bought the technology in 2004 to upgrade its own system.

She believes her latest invention is even more valuable - only this time it's not for sale.

Patterson instead intends to upstage Google, which she quit in 2006 to develop a more comprehensive and efficient way to scour the Internet.

The end result is Cuil, pronounced "cool." Backed by $33 million in venture capital, the search engine plans to begin processing requests for the first time Monday...

For starters, Cuil's search index spans 120 billion Web pages.

Patterson believes that's at least three times the size of Google's index, although there is no way to know for certain. Google stopped publicly quantifying its index's breadth nearly three years ago when the catalog spanned 8.2 billion Web pages.

This morning I searched both services for "Economic Policy Journal". At Google, showed up on the first page. At Cuil, was not on the first page, when I clicked for page 2, it took forever to load at least two minutes. Still no

I then searched for the phrase "ron paul credit card transactions", which is currently driving a lot of traffic to our site. Google has 135,000 results, with all on the first page appearing relevant.

This was the Cuil result:

We didn’t find any results for “ron paul credit card transactions”

I would test even more, but now the first page of a search is slow loading, and I just don't have the time.

It appears that what Cuil is really good at is hype. As they would say in Texas, "All hat, and no cattle."

1 comment:

  1. I had the same result when I tested cuil. Too bad...