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Cuil Runnings: Day Two of the Biggest Search Engine Ever!

cuilfish.pngYesterday we told you about a new search engine that had just launched, which was being heralded as the best thing since Google. Better actually. And created by a former Google employee no less. Well, apparently Cuil (pronounced “cool”) had a less than auspicious start. However, first days are always tough, so we decided to check back in today to see if things had smoothed out and/or whether Cuil had ceased to confuse George Pataki with Bill Clinton (the answer on that is no). And lo and behold it seems to be functioning.

Thus far the biggest difference of note is that Cuil appears to be a very visual experience. Search results come in three columns (you have the option to change to two) and contain a large part of the entry they link to. We don’t happen to be icon-organizing sort of people so actually we find this a somewhat confusing way to view information, but maybe that’s just a result of Google mangling our brain. Also, there’s no image option, which in our world is a dealbreaker in and of itself. However, Cuil will finish your search sentences for you if you like, always a plus for tired fingers, brains.

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Too Cuil for Google’s School

cuil.pngThere was an article in the recent much-talked about New Yorker that mentioned it was not unusual in the science community for a person to leave his or her academic post in order to go off and “think” for few years before returning with some sort of avant garde theory that somehow forwards the conversation. Possibly this is also true of former Google employees.

According to the NYT Anna Patterson is the latest “the latest in a long string of start-up companies that have been founded and financed with the goal of competing with Google.” Patterson is a former Google employee who along with her husband and a number of other ex-Googlers is set to launch the search engine “Cuil” (pronounced “cool”), which she says will trump Google’s. It should be noted that the last search engine Patterson created was bought by Google back in 2004 in an effort to upgrade their own. This time however, she is keeping the goods to herself. What’s so cool about this one? Apparently its search index is three times the size of Google’s (and yes, when searching size does matter). There’s other stuff too, though Patterson’s not sharing the details. However, if you happen to be one of those people who has taken time off to sit and “think” (for many of us this is also known as unemployment or in some cases, an office job) you can go and see for yourself, since as of today Cuil is currently up and running.