Not ‘Cuil’ enough?

THE GOOGLE search engine is a simple, yet highly sophisticated tool that has revolutionized the way we retrieve information today. And of course, since it is the numero uno search engine, it has perhaps become a trend lately for newer search engines to be in the news by touting themselves as ’Google killers’. The latest in the bandwagon is Cuil, pronounced as ’cool’. Indeed it was different than Google and it did have some features that made one say ’wow!’

To start off, Cuil said it ranked pages based on content compared to Google which indexed pages on popularity. Secondly, it claimed to have indexed more pages than Google. Indeed, at time of writing this piece, the count of indexed pages on Cuil was 121,617,892,992 (that’s over 120 billion pages; about three times the count of pages indexed by any other engine). It also boasted of a sophisticated look with search results appearing something like a magazine pages. But unfortunately, none of this has quite helped Cuil, which reportedly raised over $30 million to start its venture, and had former-Googlers as its founders.

The engine fails heavily in its relevancy despite the huge number of pages. The results seem too random. Even the number of retrievals seems far less compared to what Google fetches. Features like image search are absent as of now. But maybe, the engine needs to be given its time to develop. As a start-up however, which went gaga around town calling itself the ’Google killer’ was a sure mistake.
Pertinent questions then rise – What are the applications that come up as ’Google killers’ or ’alternatives’ to Google? And despite Google’s might, why do they continue to mushroom? Most importantly, can Google ever be surpassed?
Why A ’New Google’?
This is an essential question that hounds most users who are introduced to users as alternatives to Google. Indeed, if relevancy results of Google are good, why should someone switch to another engine? Its results satisfy 90 percent of people’s search queries on the net. This very fact makes it tough to break the Google monopoly is and so just why would the user want to even think about another product even if, in the rarest of the cases, Google fails him/her?
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