Cuil, “Most Comprehensive Search Engine” My Ass
July 28, 2008 - Written by Gyutae Park
By now I’m sure you’ve heard about Cuil, a new search engine startup that many think will be a “Google killer”. The story’s been covered today by pretty much every tech blog or news site out there. Does it live up to the hype? Cuil claims to be the most comprehensive search engine around with over 120 billion indexed pages. In fact, it’s come out of the gate running with Google in its cross hairs but I honestly don’t know what the fuss is about. Sure, Cuil can have a huge index, but that doesn’t mean it’ll have the most relevant results nor take market share away from Google. In the minds of users, “google” is already closely tied with search – almost to the point where the word can officially be added to the dictionary. I don’t care what kind of technology you have. That sort of branding is tough to beat.
Let’s run a few queries to put Cuil to the test…
…like for my name, “gyutae park”.
Ok, so here Cuil ranks a bunch of posts done on other blogs for my crazy contest a while back. These got a lot of links and buzz around the web so that’s understandable. Then there’s my Sphinn profile page, an interview, a Twitter spam page, a whole bunch of scraper sites, and finally my personal homepage near the bottom of the results.
What’s interesting about this listing is that there’s a picture of some random dude I’ve never met in my life. What even more funny about this is that the picture is supposed to be ME! Cuil thinks I’m some white guy who looks like Matt Damon. I don’t know whether to be flattered or disgusted by this listing. In 23 years, I haven’t met a single Caucasian Gyutae yet. But maybe Cuil has…
Alright, so the ego search didn’t quite work out for me and I thought maybe I’d have better luck with Winning the Web. So I search “winningtheweb.com”…
And my site doesn’t even show up in the listings AT ALL. Have I been banned from Cuil already? I rank #1 in Google for my domain name and yet I’m not even indexed in the “most comprehensive search engine ever”. BS!
I know it’s still only day 1, but Cuil has a long long way to go before it’s put in the same category as MSN or Yahoo, let alone Google. Speculation is fun and all, but right now all it is is a Gyutae Killer.If you like this post, subscribe to the RSS feed. Get the latest updates delivered straight to your email or news reader.