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Cuil: The New Search Engine on the Block

Updated on July 30, 2008

There's a new contender against mighty Google out on the web, and this time it's from within their own ranks. Cuil (pronounced like "cool") is a new search engine (this being written in July, 2008) that claims to already have an index of about 120 billion web pages1. The company was founded by former Google employees Anna Patterson, Russell Power, and Lewis Monier.

Will the experience of former employeeship at Google give this new company the edge to nab a healthy market share in the ultracompetitive world of search engines? Of course even if they had it in their heads, they would be prevented from using intellectual property that legally belongs to Google, even inventions that they themselves came up with while there (while patents are licensed to individuals, assigning invention rights to employers is virtually universal in the US and most countries throughout the world). But Anna Patterson (who developed a highly successful search engine before that Google subsequently bought and used to improve its own) says she's got a new design, the details of which, of couse, she did not divulge to the press.

The land of search engines is littered with former contenders who started strong and at length languished. One still in recent memory is, once known as Ask launched an aggressive marketing campaign with commercials touting "It's the Algorithm." Now the company is shifting its focus from competing as an internet wide search engine to the more focused domain of married women trying to manage their lives2.

This is just one example of how the cookie can crumble. Will Cuil be a rising star or a flash in the pan? Interested techies will be watching. Same minimalistic appeal


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    • 60 Second Man profile image

      60 Second Man 9 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      so far, I've been impressed with the newspaper feel of Cuil but not the search results. many duplicate pages on page 1, 2 and 3 of the serps, and some spammy looking stuff too. maybe it'll get better with age.

    • Pete Michner profile image

      Pete Michner 9 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for commenting! Yes I agree they have a pretty nice interface.

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      guidebaba 9 years ago from India

      Hi ! Thank you for all the info on this New Search Engine. I just searched for my website on the New Search Engine. They have a NEW and COOL Display of Results. I like that. Thank you.