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Massive Cuil Search Engine Launched

"World's Largest Search Engine" is the claim

     
4:43 am on Jul 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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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.

[nytimes.com...]

5:33 pm on July 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I just found a spam redirect...leading to porn. For a completely non-sexual search. Not good!
5:46 pm on July 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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The name is Fine I was told you pronounce it "Cool" but spell it "Cuil" easy enough.
I can hear it now " hey man I found a cool search site" yea whats it called "Cool but ya spell it Cuil" be easy enough to brand

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.

5:48 pm on July 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Former Google employees... in what sense? Fired or...
5:58 pm on July 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I love it! (Naturally I am ranking great all over)
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Chances are they had to launch as the investors were wondering where their money was going and they working to a project time line.

deadlines .....

money ....

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.

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I'd like to see it do well because all my sites are #1 in it for their respective keywords but this feels like a 1995 AltaVista SERP only arranged all weird with logos and images that don't make any sense...
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... and they're now on the front page of CNN.

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6:14 pm on July 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I really hope they make it. Am tired of Google's monopoly.

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
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LOL, it is funny to be sure. I did a LOT of searches on there today and the crap that comes up is hilarious...I mean LITERALLY funny man. Man, I can't see how they worked for Google if they ACTUALLY launched something that bad! Heck, Yahoo!s results are better than that and THAT is BAD! Some of the images that come up had me laughing so hard my gut hurt...

[edited by: WiseWebDude at 6:18 pm (utc) on July 28, 2008]

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Crap! They already lost me.
I did a search and all the results on the first page of the SERPS were leading to the same spammy Russian website. 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.
6:19 pm on July 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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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.

6:22 pm on July 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hey, look at that! All my old spam.
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From what I can tell, it has assigned images (thumbnails) from our site to other site results.

Still pokin around.

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>>>> Hey, look at that! All my old spam.

lol. Ain't that the truth. I'm seeing some of my old garbage test sites ranking for some pretty good sites :).

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"Relying on a search engine to protect your computer from malware is a really bad idea"

I have programs on my PC to protect me against malware, but I'd rather stay away from websites with that crap on it.

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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.

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I switched safe search off and now it returns no results on any keywords. Don`t like the layout either.

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darn - what a mess - first result for a high volume term redirected to a site trying to install spyware/virus on my machine. Some results returned a blank page. Even the about page was having problems.
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Yea, I saw a lot of login pages, even indexes of some people's actual site because they didn't have a default page in there site, LMAO. Pretty good. Thanks for the good laugh today...needed it.
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I keep doing searches in hopes of finding good results. Nothing yet.

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.

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I need to buy Google shares! These guys just proved how valuable Google is and how difficult it is to beat them.
6:43 pm on July 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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CFS (Can't Find S***).

Nice presentation of results.

That's about all the good I can say...

6:45 pm on July 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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What search engine? I tried several very common searches and in each case got a big fat "zero results".

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.

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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.

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Wow. This thread has been busy. Already 8 pages in just over 12 hours.

Makes sense now why Google would announce 1 Trillion URLs spidered, only days ago.

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Also if Cuil engineers are following this thread, [cuil.com...] is redirecting back to itself (302 loop).
6:50 pm on July 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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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...

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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.

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Wow. This thread has been busy. Already 8 pages in just over 12 hours.

Ditto. Interesting how much attention this is getting here. I can hardly get a response out before someone else posts ahead of me!
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It's now been down for me the last half-hour.

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