New Search Engine,, Finally Ready to Compete With Google

By July 28, 2008 12 comments

Launched today,, the stealth search engine was co-founded in 2005 by two former Google engineers (Anna Patterson and Russel Power) and a former IBM top manager (Tom Costello). To compete with rivals Google [GOOG] or Powerset, the Menlo Park, Calif., based startup, has raised $33M in funding in the past two years. While suffering from the launch-day blues, (pronounced “cool”) is impressive, a search engine that casts a wide


For example, a search for “marlins” brings up enough relevant Florida Marlins’ websites to satisfy – along with pictures, an eye-pleasing addition. But what is most impressive is "the Drilldown," a window that appears in the corner of your search results and allows for a thematic “Explore by Category” search, which showed results for related categories like “Marlins players”, “Marlins Managers”, and "Jupiter Hammerheads," the Marlins’ single-A affiliate. Unfortunately, this feature was pretty buggy, often leading to a “no results found” page, even though it was Cuil itself that recommended each search. If they get this working correctly, it could be a great feature.

The freshly launched search engine has 120 billion web pages indexed, three times the amount of any other search engine, and claims that its indexing costs are 1/10th those of Google’s, which should help bring in revenue for paid-indexing advertising.

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really amazing this website comparing to others

Submitted by arun (not verified) - on August 20, 2008 at 10:54 pm

New visual search engine already exists, it is only for kids))

Submitted by Natali (not verified) - on July 29, 2008 at 10:26 am

cuil is crap

Submitted by Charles Crapper (not verified) - on July 29, 2008 at 12:56 am

I must say that as a web designer and online merchant I was anxious to see how my sites would do in the this new and "improved" search engine.

Wow! I'm impressed, my company is all over Cuil - by way of illegally copied pictures describing and promoting my competition! My site however is buried in the rankings - apparently whose only relevance is to be pilfered much like an unlocked car with the keys in the ignition. And in case I missed something that's still stealing right? The guy who gets into that unlocked car and turns the key is still going to jail when the cops catch hime, right?

So other than than stealing from me, Cuil has also yet to return a correct result when searching for a specific website name, company name or person.

AND, they don't even find themselves relevant in a search for the name of their company - I guess since have no graphics other than a black screen they had no need to list themselves since there is nothing to steal.

Submitted by Carolina Cellular (not verified) - on July 28, 2008 at 07:09 pm

This must be spam to promote cuil. Check closer and you will find that Cuil is not even close to the oft-quoted crappy Live Search, not to mention Google. Just try cuiling "Cuil."

Submitted by CC (not verified) - on July 29, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Cuil addressed itself as the largest search engine, is there any convincing evidence? I think it is more like part of its marketing campaign.

Submitted by China tours (not verified) - on November 17, 2008 at 08:50 pm

I like PLAHO Search Engine:

What do you think about this SE?

Submitted by joe52 (not verified) - on February 08, 2009 at 11:47 am

I like it also.

Especially Orange Plaho Search and very useful shortcuts.

Submitted by trevor (not verified) - on February 11, 2009 at 07:01 am

While I think they could have chosen a better name, Cuil has a very unique look and is very functional.

Cuil was added to the select searches on the new compact meta / multi search site:

Submitted by Bob Carroll (not verified) - on February 13, 2009 at 12:39 am

It's too bad that Cuil was really pushed by the press (even myself) as a Google killer. If your search engine doesn't beat Google within a week, you're a failure. Same kind of thing going on for Wolfram Aplha right now.

As far as I know, Google wasn't built in a day (but, yeah, all roads do seem to lead to it).


Submitted by Mark Alvarez (not verified) - on May 28, 2009 at 12:55 pm

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