The Birth of Cuil


Cuil is ready to take google on head-to-head


A name which meant nothing several years ago is now not only a noun, but a verb as well. And it’s one that has transformed our daily lives. Books have been written about google and whether or not it’s making us smarter or turning us into attention-deficit dummies. Google has anchored itself atop the food chain of search engines on the internet and has been challenging Microsoft for some time now as the largest and most important IT company in the world.

However, google now has a challenger in the search engine sweepstakes: ladies and gentlemen, meet Cuil (pronounced “cool”). It was launched earlier today and boasts an incredible 120 billion plus websites in its index, thus outnumbering google who some time ago stopped publishing their index figures.

On Cuil:

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.

Cuil had kept a low profile while Patterson, her husband, Tom Costello, and two other former Google engineers – Russell Power and Louis Monier – searched for better ways to search.

Now, it’s boasting time.

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.

Cuil won’t divulge the formula it has developed to cover a wider swath of the Web with far fewer computers than Google. And Google isn’t ceding the point: Spokeswoman Katie Watson said her company still believes its index is the largest.

It’s been a very bumpy day one for Cuil with problems like their servers not being able to handle the loads and with a lot of search results showing spam that any decent site would filter out. However, Rome wasn’t built in a day and google could use the competition.

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2 Responses to The Birth of Cuil

  1. vodkasoda says: is tut-tutting the idea that Cuil can rival either microsoft or yahoo, much less google in the search engine sweepstakes.,8599,1827331,00.html

    But Time does concede that Cuil is best on user privacy.

  2. vodkasoda says:

    It seems that cuil is getting better, but it’s still a long way off from the google standard:

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