Monday, August 11, 2008

Is it cool?

Cuil (pronounced cool), a new search engine has appeared. Its stated goal is "to solve the two great problems of search: how to index the whole Internet—not just part of it—and how to analyze and sort out its pages so you get relevant results".

Cuil claims to crawl more pages than Google and the developers (two of whom are ex-Google employees) insist that "popularity is useful, but has dominated search results so heavily that it gets harder and harder to find the page you want, especially if your search is a complex one." This is a second jibe at Google, as its page ranking is based on total links to sites.

Judge the claims for yourself by comparing results from identical searches on both Cuil and Google.