Internet search engine Cuil, which made its debut July 28th 2008 has since garnered such spectacular headlines such as:
- Search Engines Cuil Search No Google but Getting Better
- Search Engines: Google Not Cuil
- Cuil Stumbles out of the Gate
- Cuil Needs To Fix Its Technology Before It Can Get Hot
- Is it Cuil yet?
- Cuil: Terminally uncool
So just how cool is Cuil anyhow? I decided to give Cuil the old vanity search and see what it brought up…after all; it is the world’s biggest search engine, according to the Cuil info page that is.
For this admittedly simple test I also included the ubiquitous Google, the relatively new Searchme, and lastly the newly designed Windows Live Search to get a feel for the group as a whole. I also decided to add one other item of info to my name search, just to help narrow down the results, and used my blog name, WBDNO, which I appended to the end of my name.
The results are in… drum roll please…
Google, not surprisingly, listed my blog as the number one hit although it did offer the decidedly unhelpful hint of “Did you mean” with an incorrect spelling:
Did you mean: Christopher Doerr +wdbo
Windows Live returned this as the number one hit:
What’s Behind Doerr Number One … Frantic and fun, Fat Princess pits two hordes of … Posted by Christopher under Science News | Tags: 6.6 degrees of …
Searchme returned this:
“Sorry, your search did not return any results”
And finally, Cuil, the worlds “biggest” search engine returned this:
“No results were found for: Christopher Doerr wbdno”
If you’ve checked your spelling, you could try using fewer or different keywords to broaden your search.
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So Google and Microsoft win the search test for my vanity search and, at least for the time being, Searchme and Cuil… just aren’t cool enough to even bother with.