Will cuil “kill” google!?


“Cuil – The World’s Biggest Search Engine… Cuil searches more pages on the Web than anyone else—three times as many as Google and ten times as many as Microsoft”.

I have no reason to doubt about this claim and so I started to use Cuil – which by the way is an old Irish word for knowledge – so the first thing I tried was of course my blog.

Here are the Cuil results:

The google results:
As you can see my blog is the first result in the google search, furthermore, google returns 44,700 results for 110j.

OK, my blog is not a criteria for evaluating a search engine but the difference is huge between them, since the cuil team claims to search three times more pages than google. Anyway, I will use a more common keyword for searching both engines. A word like computer will have different results than my blog.

Here are the results for the computer keyword:
I have the first two results in the screen shot from cuil, I do the same for google.

Cuil has 1,183,691,043 results for Computer

Take a closer look at the screen shot, there is a menu bar under the text field that classifies the results, this is very convenient menu bar and the classification is most of the time very good. There is also a side bar as a widget which also has results by category. Both bars are very helpful to find quickly what you are looking for.

The google results for the same keyword:
In google results you have always wikipedia (I don’t know for how long since they launched the knol -another word for knowledge – which is a direct competitor to wikipedia), Apple is also in the first page of google. Google has also something similar to the menu bar of cuil but it is simple text, however sometimes it is replaced by google-ads.

Google has 1,330,000,000 for computer

What is interesting is that google has again more results than cuil, from my point of view, this may have one of the following explanations:
1. Google search more pages.
2. Cuil analyze better the web and they do not list what they think it is garbage.

Few more important things about Cuil, they do NOT collect user data, they are very concerned about privacy. As they say “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.”
Another good feature is the safe search which filter pornography or other objectionable material from your search results.

In order to be fair I have to say here that google has take some actions for the users privacy and more actions in the quality. Check the official google blog:
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/more-transparency-in-customized-search.html
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/08/search-quality-continued.html

It is your call which one to use, but personally I will give cuil a chance.