Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Cuil.com - cool new search engine?

Another web search engine has emerged to challenge Google, Yahoo and Microsoft. It's called 'Cuil' (pronounced 'cool' and named after Fionn Mac Cumhail) and claims to index vastly more web pages than either of its predecessors. Developed by some ex-Google engineers, including Tom Costello from Ireland, it went online yesterday, Monday 29th July. According to its publicity "Cuil searches more pages on the Web than anyone else—three times as many as Google and ten times as many as Microsoft. Rather than rely on superficial popularity metrics, Cuil searches for and ranks pages based on their content and relevance. When we find a page with your keywords, we stay on that page and analyze the rest of its content, its concepts, their inter-relationships and the page’s coherency. Then we offer you helpful choices and suggestions until you find the page you want and that you know is out there. We believe that analyzing the Web rather than our users is a more useful approach, so we don’t collect data about you and your habits, lest we are tempted to peek. With Cuil, your search history is always private." Check it out for yourself at www.cuil.com

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