Cuil = Not Cool

I mentioned Cuil the other day, the new search engine promising to compete with Google. Though Cuil has been praised for their impressive privacy policy, they’ve been widely criticized for their quality of service. The most common complaints so far are downtime, inaccurate and incomplete search results, and the fact that images displayed with search results are often not related whatsoever. Here are a few of the biggest gaffes I’ve seen so far.

1. A search for “The Hatcher Group” brings up our website, but it displays an image for another organization.

2. Searches for the well known programming language COBOL and the even more well known continent South America return exactly zero results.

3. Although they claim to index over 120,000,000 websites, they seem to have forgotten one.

Want more proof that Google will remain the king of search? They indexed a Reddit.com thread about Cuil’s shortcomings within a few hours. Well done, Google.

What else have you seen on Cuil? Let us know in the comment section.

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2 comments so far

  1. wisher on

    Glad to see that I’m not the only one to find that Cuil’s result are too much ‘random’ to be somewhat useful.

  2. […] example, take “cobol”. Then “lolcats”. I gotta say, Cuil’s “Safe Search” is HORRENDOUSLY DISAPPOINTING. I […]


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