So FriendFeed, has been buzzing about Cuil, a new search engine founded by two ex-Google employees, and some random guy. Cuil claims to have more than 120 billion pages in the index. Apparently, that’s “three times as many as Google and ten times as many as Microsoft.”
Wow. That’s a pretty bold statement.
I had no interest in Cuil, yet – since the site’s still brand new, but after reading the above? Curiosity got the best of me. I reach the site, and put it through my extreeeeemely reliable QA (quality assurance) test.
I punch in my search:
Kevin Bacon, the actor, has nothing to do with ilovebacon dot com, a site dedicated to bacon, the food. WHY is his picture next to the top result?
Thank goodness I can tell Bacon (the actor) apart from bacon (the food). I would’ve been screwed if I were doing research on the Tuamotu archipelago, or needed to know what the IUPAC nomenclature was, or had to find a PLU number, STAT -since I don’t know anything about the above. And isn’t that why I would be um, searching? On an uhhhh… search engine?? To find answers on topics I know nothing about???
Until Cuil can accurately differentiate the actor from a piece of meat, I am staying FAR away. Why it’s getting all this attention is beyond me.
Have you tried it? What do you think? Did you run into any bizarre search results? Share!