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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Cuil FAQs : How does Cuil improve search results?


Cuil’s goals are to index the whole Web, to analyze deeply its pages and to organize results in a rich and helpful way that allows you to explore fully the subject of your search.

So we started from scratch—with a fresh approach, an entirely new architecture and breakthrough algorithms.

Our approach is to focus on the content of a page and then present a set of results that has both depth and breadth.

Our aim is to give you a wider range of more detailed results and the opportunity to explore more fully the different ideas behind your search. We think this approach is more useful to you than a simple list.

So Cuil searches the Web for pages with your keywords and then we analyze the rest of the text on those pages. This tells us that the same word has several different meanings in different contexts. Are you looking for jaguar the cat, the car or the operating system?

We sort out all those different contexts so that you don’t have to waste time rephrasing your query when you get the wrong result.

Different ideas are separated into tabs; we add images and roll-over definitions for each page and then make suggestions as to how you might refine your search. We use columns so you can see more results on one page.

We think that if you are interested in content rather than popularity, you’ll find our approach more useful.

I want to use Cuil as my default search engine. How do I change my browser homepage to Cuil?

If you use Firefox, grab the little globe icon beside Cuil’s address in your browser and just drop it onto the house image on your toolbar.

For Internet Explorer, click on the arrow beside the house and then "add or change home page". Select "use this webpage as your only home page" and click Yes.

If you use Safari, edit your “Preferences.”

If you use Firefox, you can add Cuil to your search toolbar by clicking “Add Cuil to Firefox” at the bottom of the search results page

Cuil not a Google killer - yet

With hours of being launched Monday, Cuil - a new search engine created by former top Google engineers - was already being touted in the blogosphere as the next Google killer. But unless Cuil (pronounced ‘cool’) can develop an ad platform to rival Google’s, Cuil will have a difficult time challenging the search giant.
Cuil is not so cool
WANNABE GOOGLE KILLER Cuil's first day in the search engine playground turned out to be a disaster.

While the new search engine was high in the list of Google's Trends listings, for most of the day the site was off-line.

The on-again oh-look-its-off-again search engine kept turning up pages that were empty other than the words "cuil shuttered.png" and "cuilfail4.jpg".

Users also moaned that search results were inaccurate. A quick search on the name 'Nick Farrell" [who he? Ed] showed my stories, or books, next to pictures that had nothing to do with me. Then the other Nick Farrell, the one who people are actually interested in seeing his sex tape, had a couple of INQ pictures beside his name.

The word "penguins" or "failure" returned zero results, although we can't understand what inspired punters to type those words in.

CrunchGear notes that leads to an Italian porn outfit, but we couldn't possibily investigate that further. ยต

Dont think so .Actual challenger to Google by Ex-Googlers


actual challenger to GoogleEx-Googlers launch Cuil,I was supposed to visit but after a long time i get
We’ll be back soon...
Due to overwhelming interest, our Cuil servers are running a bit hot right now. The search engine is momentarily unavailable as we add more capacity.

Thanks for your patience.
world's "biggest search engine"
There's yet another new search engine on the block, but this time, it's being ballyhooed as an actual challenger to Google. (pronounced "cool") made its public launch today and already calls itself the "biggest search engine on the web." Run by a team of former Google employees, the startup takes a slightly different approach to search than most of the big names, but whether it will be able to unseat Google—or even Yahoo—remains to be seen.

Right off the bat, the Cuil team makes a number of direct comparisons to Google, but often without actually naming the Big G. For one, Cuil brags that it has already indexed 120 billion Web pages, roughly three times as many as Google and ten times as many as Microsoft. "Rather than rely on superficial popularity metrics" like Google does, Cuil's info page says that the site contextually analyzes each page and organizes search results based on content and relevance.

When you search for a particular keyword, Cuil attempts to group the results into relevant categories. As you can see from my screenshot below, searching for "chinchilla" produces tabs for "all results," "chinchilla food," "chinchilla supplies," and "chinchilla fur" across the top. An "Explore by Category" box on the right-hand side of the results page offers a number of further associations (in this case, related to the Australian town of Chinchilla in Queensland).



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