Wednesday, July 30, 2008

CUIL, The Google Slayer

CUIL, a new search engine, launches itself on July 27, 2008. It's supposed to be a potential Google Slayer, boasting 120 billion indexed pages, as opposed to Google's 40 billion indexed pages. Google responds that they know 1 trillion pages, but they are too wise to index all of them, as most of these pages are SPAM, scraped content, and duplicate content.

Personally, I don't think that it has what it takes to topple down Google. Its interface takes some time to get used to. The way it shows its results can be quite annoying, displayed on three columns. It's annoying because I'm used to looking at search results in top to bottom order, and I prefer it that way. CUIL actually looks like I'm looking at a newspaper. How inconvenient.

CUIL may have a slice of the search market and compete with Yahoo, MSN, and other search engines, but it'll take more than the size of their index to beat Google. Relevancy, speed, and ease of use are another matter.

For more details on CUIL, the Google Slayer, click here.

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