TechCrunch and others are waxing almost poetically about the new Cuil search engines, designed by ex Googlers to compete with the mother ship. But after a few scattershot queries I’m just not feeling the power of Cuil. It still is failing to find itself for what seems like an obvious query of “Cuil Search Engine”, and for the query “computers” I’d expect a bit more than this among Cuil’s claimed inventory of 121 billion web pages:
We didn’t find any results for “computers”
Some reasons might be…
- a typo. Please check your spelling.
- your search includes a term that is very rare. Try to find a more common substitute.
- too many search terms. Please try fewer terms.
Finally, try to think of different words to describe your search.
Obviously Cuil is missing a LOT of stuff, so what am I missing here?
Update: I’m still waiting to be impressed, but have learned that Cuil’s architecture is such that if some of the servers go down you can get empty results as I did last night. Now, ‘Computers’ does turn up relevant results.