A new search engine, Cuil, was launched last Monday to aim for delivering better results than other major search engines by searching across more Web pages and studying them more accurately. Cuil, created by former Google engineers, tries to take on the search engine giant, Google. Cuil claims to be the he world’s biggest search engine that covers 120 billion Web mages (about three times as many as Google and ten times as many as Microsoft). Besides relying on superficial popularity of a Web page, Cuil analyzes and ranks pages based on their content and relevance and the groups similar results under different menus.

After you perform a search, Cuil will show you “Tabs” that suggest ways to clarify your search. In addition, you may see a “Explore By Category” panel on the right-hand side that provides you a list of subjects related to your search.. If you click on one, Cuil will direct you to this additional information. By looking at these suggestions, you may discover search data, concepts, or related areas of interest that you hadn’t expected.

Cuil provides you couple options on the Preferences. You can enable typing suggestions and perform a safe search that filters pornography or other objectionable material from your search results. Although the safe search cannot guarantee that all objectionable material are filtered out, it is helpful for teachers and students in K-12 settings.

So far, I like my search experience with Cuil. The interface is intuitive and the search process is fast with a return of good results and suggestions. The major weakness I experienced so far is the images on the search results seem completely random which often have nothing to do with the result entries. However, I will continue to try it out as my default search engine for the next few weeks.


About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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6 Responses to Cuil

  1. hsiuminlu says:


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  3. davidsmora says:

    After reading this blog entry and exploring Cuil on my own, I’ve determined that this search engine is a pretty useful resource. Specifically, I really like how Cuil incorporates related topics within a search. For example, when I conducted a search for crawfish, Cuil displayed several suggestions (e.g. crawfish boil, crawfish etouffee, Louisiana crawfish) via tabs next to my main results. This feature would be very helpful for users who were trying to research a topic they knew nothing about. Additionally, I really enjoyed Cuil’s use of “extras.” This search engine incorporates an innovative feature that displays additional information (e.g. maplines, timelines, video results, streaming results and categories) within a search result. When I searched for crawfish, I was able to watch videos (how to make crawfish gumbo), view map locations (e.g. Breaux Bridge, Louisiana: “The crawfish capital of the world” and Gulf of Mexico: where crawfish are native) and see related categories (e.g. Louisiana cuisine, New Orleans cuisine, commercial crustaceans, stews) of this topic. In my opinion, this feature makes this search engine stand out from the rest of the competition (including Google, Yahoo and Bing).

    Cuil is also very accommodating for users with slow Internet connections (e.g. dialup). A user can turn on Cuil’s “low bandwidth mode”, which will eliminate big items (e.g. images, maps, flash elements) from his search results. I particularly like this setting because it allows users to sift through search results in a timely manner. Other useful tools in the preferences area of this site include safe search and typing suggestions. I agree with your assessment that the safe search option would be very beneficial for public computers (e.g. schools, libraries, etc.)

    Overall, I am now a fan of Cuil. While some may argue that its search results page is too cluttered, I think the elements (e.g. results, timeline, videos, categories) fit in perfectly. Cuil worked perfectly in my browser of choice (Safari), so I may even make it my default search engine.; if not, I will definitely add Cuil to my list of bookmarks!

  4. Kaylene Armstrong says:

    I have never heard of this search engine before, but then I remember when I first heard about Google about eight years ago, and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t known about it either! Google was so much better than the others I had been using. I might just say the same thing about Cuil. I just looked at it for the first time today so I’m not sure how I’ll feel about using it all the time.

    It seems to have an intuitiveness built into it. I often get frustrated with Google because my search term will bring up everything but what I really need. I tried searching on Cuil for a research paper in another class and found a number of suggestions in the category list that I had not thought to explore, so thanks for that help.

    I couldn’t figure out what the pictures of Greek Orthodox priests had to do with the items about free press. I guess that’s the random picture situation Dr. Yuen talked about in his blog. However, I tried what David did and used the lower band width setting, and the weird pictures disappeared.

    Does Cuil have a serious future? Certainly for being a good search engine. Unfortunately, Google has become more than a search engine with gmail, Buzz, a toolbar, calendar and the list goes on. Those things keep the Google name out there. In fact, “google” has become a synonym for “search,” so it may always have that edge over other search engines.

  5. 奕嬛 says:

    方才試用了Cuil這個搜尋引擎,以英文關鍵字搜尋,其結果很令我滿意,不僅有所有結果的陳列(顯示在左邊),還自動幫忙搜尋了其他關聯的關鍵字結果(分頁觀看),同時有”Streaming Result” & ”Explore by Category”(顯示在右邊)以利進行更精確性的篩選動作;這將會幫助我更快速找到我想要的資訊。

  6. 奕嬛 says:

    方才試用了Cuil這個搜尋引擎,以英文關鍵字搜尋,其結果很令我滿意,不僅有所有結果的陳列(顯示在左邊),還自動幫忙搜尋了其他關聯的關鍵字結果(分頁觀看),同時有”Streaming Result” & ”Explore by Category”(顯示在右邊)以利進行更精確性的篩選動作;這將會幫助我更快速找到我想要的資訊。

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