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SAN FRANCISCO — In her two years at Google, Anna Patterson helped design and build some of the pillars of the company’s search engine, including its large index of Web pages and some of the formulas it uses for ranking search results.
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The makers of the Cuil search engine say it should provide better results and show them in a more attractive manner.
Now, along with her husband, Tom Costello, and a few other Google alumni, she is trying to upstage her former employer.
On Monday, their company, Cuil, is unveiling a search engine that they promise will be more comprehensive than Google’s and that they hope will give its users more relevant results.
When the begin working on the algo as it is apparant to some savy searches it is still in baby stage then they may have something I see referrals from several searches from it so it has made public news and getting hammered.
I wonder if they thought first impression is everthing and had the image issue fixed before it went public. I know if I go to a site with broken images I am pretty much done with the site. That's just me though.
You have to remember we are dealing with the vast majority of public that most have no clue to what is a good search and what isn't. To them they may be getting great searches to us it is junk. It is all about sticking in the mind of the user.
it cant be easy starting a search engine .
Especially following in the footsteps of google , msn and yahoo all three companies worth billions . and these guys are working with limited resources - staff , budgets .
It not every day someone takes on a couple of billionaires.
10 years down the path they could be worth billions like google , yahoo & msn and then we will be fools for laughing at them .
Who knows they could re invent search ... you never what they got up their sleave ... a bit of ambition never hurt anyone.
I think they deserve a round of appalause.
Risk they run is that I'm going to be reading about this in a few days in the tech / biz pages so people will try it, not be happy with the results such that when they "launch", they'll have burnt their PR opportunity.
Q: An bhfuil fhios agaibh cad is bri le "Cuil"?
A: "Cuil" means "rear" in Irish. (As well as "knowledge"...)
Is mise le meas
[edited by: WiseWebDude at 6:18 pm (utc) on July 28, 2008]
I'm sorry, but I rather continue using Google. Less risks to get my computer infected. At least Google gives a warning when you are about to visit a dangerous site.
Relying on a search engine to protect your computer from malware is a really bad idea.
Their real threat comes from startup companies. Small, young, fresh, hungry, bright teams that create a PR blitz and quickly take over the market. This is very very dangerous for the market leader.
The best chance to dethrone Google was Microsoft with its ability to embed its own search into the browswer and the OS. If Yahoo and Microsoft can't hang with Google, then I think it's safe to say they have keyphrase based Internet search locked up. The only threat they face is from someone who can completely redefine and revolutionize search...or the Internet.
The latest attempt was in the form of "Apple computers" (I hope this is not against tos). And, what do you know, the company home page is not even listed in their first result page. On the other hand if you just search for 'apple' the page is dominated by the company site.
This is all very brilliant! :)
It's like all the iPhone killers that are released on a monthly basis.
Come on people ... the worst thing anyone can do is launch something that ain't even close to being ready! I would have thought that any ex-Google employee (including the maintenance folks) would have more sense!
Waste of time. Got me all excited there for a minute.
The latest attempt was in the form of "Apple computers" (I hope this is not against tos). And, what do you know, the company home page is not even listed in their first result page.
Apple.com comes up number one in that search query for me.
Also I am seeing a small but steady stream of traffic coming from Cuil and the search referrers are spot on for the targeted content.
Wow. This thread has been busy. Already 8 pages in just over 12 hours.
g1smd, I was just thinking the same thing. I was here earlier this morning when it posted. Took a little nap and now there are 8+ pages! I haven't seen this much discussion about a new search engine since Google launched. < Oh-oh...
the worst thing anyone can do is launch something that ain't even close to being ready
Why they thought they were even close to being ready for a public announcement is a bit of a mystery. They have lost the ability to make a good first impression now.