Ciul is a new search engine launched by some former Google employees and is aiming to take Google on in the search engine world. They just started today, but it doesn’t seem their index hasn’t been built up enough yet.
I searched for Burloak Canoe Club and it couldn’t find a thing. Google and Yahoo had lots of results including the club’s website as the first link. It will be interesting to see if they can gain search share over time.
The reason it’s being linked all over the place is likely because it’s founded by ex-Google employees, and in particular, it seems that Anna Patterson was one of the key people at Google working on their search indexing. So based on that pedigree, there’s interest in how capable CUIL will be.
I would have started a Cuil thread if this one didn’t exist. There was a NYTimes article on it today, and an accompanying blog post that was interesting. Seems like (at this early stage) the search results are not that great, but they managed to do all that indexing with only $7 million and 140 servers. The blog guy speculates that they’ll eventually get bought out for their innovations in cheap crawling. I mean, that why they’d go to the trouble, right? They ain’t gonna take down Google, but getting bought by a big fish would be pretty sweet reward.
It’s not cuil at all, in fact it’s utter crap. As an SEO myself, we’re basically laughing at it. So they claim to have more indexed pages than Google…so freaking what? Who cares how many pages you have if you can’t find anything relevant, let alone easily?
One of the reasons people like Google so much is their lack of clutter on their results pages. So why add to that? Ugh, I like their chutzpa, but I see this as the next Ask or Lycos, if it even gets that far.