Cuil is cold

Analysis of the new Google competitor

I wanted to believe, I really did. When I first saw the buzz about the new alternative to Google, Cuil, I looked into it optimistically. Cuil states a mission of not wanting to invade your privacy on searches, and touts very intelligent search functions, but so far in toying with the engine I feel unsatisfied. That is a poor place to start for a web searcher looking to combat the Colossus that Google represents.

Here's the example I'll give to highlight exactly how I feel about Cuil, discounting things like speed or layout design which will inevitably change. Ordinarily when using Google and I am looking for a Wikipedia page I'll add "wiki" somewhere in the search phrase. I decided to give that a shot with Cuil and look up information on, oh let's say, bees. Cuil couldn't recognize the shortened term "wiki" and returned a "no information found" message. I normally don't see that kind of message on Google except when I'm looking for something that is just so specific it would be nearly impossible to find a match (I.e. bee wiki October 14th Mexico Paul).

So instead "bee wiki" morphed into "bee Wikipedia," to accommodate for Cuil's insistence on full terms. I was not satisfied with the results. I got zero Wikipedia entries on what I was looking for, and what I did get was a Wikipedia page about a Krazy Bee Mixed Martial Arts dojo in Japan, among other equally asinine returns. What took the cake for me is that the kind of information I was looking for, just a simple wiki page on bees, was there but it was on the Creation Science wiki. I am flabbergasted that I got a Creationist wiki entry for bees, which seemed pretty accurate sadly, but absolutely no regular Wikipedia entries.

If Cuil is hoping to take over Google's market using a poorly designed search engine that emphasizes protecting against invasion of privacy, what they could have done instead is actually mastered the search side of things. If they wanted to focus on protecting against the invasion of privacy, why not develop a program or web tool that guards against such things? It would likely go over much more smoothly. Cuil is looking, in my opinion, to be dead on arrival. I'm sure Microsoft is already eying them up as a possible acquisition.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Garett Kopczynski

Network World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?