Gordon Swaby

Cuil? Maybe not so Cool at all.

Another one’s going to bite the dust. I mean, why bother? No search engine is going to beat “The Google“as President Bush lovingly calls it anytime soon. Sure competition is good; but this is just unrealistic and foolish competition. For God’s sake Google is a verb how can “cuil” expect to dominate it in search when it has such a horrible name (Yes, it is a horrible name). “Cuil” is a new search engine which claims that it can “index web pages significantly faster and cheaper than Google“. Cuil may be powered by past Googlers, but that still does not justify it doing well; not all start ups are as privileged as Friend feed.

Imagine, in another 5 years instead of “Googling” people will ultimately be “Cuiling (Cooling)” stuff? Well, that will never become a reality if it cannot handle search combinations like “Java Pdf“. My result to that search gave me this “No results were found for: java pdf”. Excuse me cynicism. On the contrary, cuil might do well, I’m sure they wouldn’t consider going into the search game if they were not optimistic about success. But being noted for crashes after launch doesn’t help the integrity of the company at all. After all, they are not as “cool” as Twitter.

You can read up on Cuil’s philosophy here

P.S They didn’t bother taking the unavailabe page down;maybe because they are expecting some future downtimes, who knows?

Written by Gordon Swaby

Gordon Swaby

Founder and CEO of social learning service EduFocal.com. I’m passionate about technology, the internet and the use of technology in education. I am a recipient of Governor General’s Youth Award, the PSOJ’s 50 Under 50 Award, The commonwealth Youth Award and many others.


Lovingly made on Friday, August 1st, 2008 at 9:20 pm. Filed under Interesting, Tech, Webology.

  • http://stunner101.blogspot.com/ Stunner

    This is something i would have to see to believe. Google will dominate forever, there is no way Cuil can be cool enough.

  • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

    Well; not sure about forever, but i doubt anybody will overpower Google anytime soon. After all Alta vista once ruled the interwebs and they got ass whopped by Google. Heck, when i write Google with a common G the spell checker wants to change it to a Capital G:P

  • http://keystomykarma.com Aundra

    I was curious to know what the buzzing and yapping was all all about with the new search engine. I tried searching similar keywords/phrases in both Cuil and Google I found more relevant information in Google of course. For example I tried to search my hometown “Kingston”; Cuil was giving me University in London, hospital in Ontario ,green party etc. none where useful.
    Same query in Google and Viola!! Google gave me a map, temperature, time along with what Cuil showed. I also tried other keywords but I felt that Cuil was serving me more advertised sites more than it should. While Google has separate section on right hand side for sponsored links.
    Cuil might be good but I think they need to refine/tweak their algorithm to make me use their search engine at this point and I refuse to address the horrible name. Anyway, good luck to Cuil and keep it up Google. *packs up and leaves*

  • http://keystomykarma.com Aundra

    I was curious to know what the buzzing and yapping was all all about with the new search engine. I tried searching similar keywords/phrases in both Cuil and Google I found more relevant information in Google of course. For example I tried to search my hometown “Kingston”; Cuil was giving me University in London, hospital in Ontario ,green party etc. none where useful.
    Same query in Google and Viola!! Google gave me a map, temperature, time along with what Cuil showed. I also tried other keywords but I felt that Cuil was serving me more advertised sites more than it should. While Google has separate section on right hand side for sponsored links.
    Cuil might be good but I think they need to refine/tweak their algorithm to make me use their search engine at this point and I refuse to address the horrible name. Anyway, good luck to Cuil and keep it up Google. *packs up and leaves*



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