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Cuil, the new search engine created by a team that included a couple of former Google execs, launched this week. However, just a few hours after it went live, it seemed as though Cuil's dive into the search engine pool was more like a belly flop, judging by a sizable number of reports and reviews. Cuil says it's capable of providing more relevant results due to technology that examines the contents of a Web page rather than its popularity, and it boasted a page index of 120 billion.
I tried the new engine and as the subject line says I left and I doubt I will be back. I own a small internet business in a unique field. When I Google I have 4-5 hits in the top 20 listings, in Cuil, zero for pages on end. The results of my seach were so far off base it made no sense. I think they have missed the mark.
The big issue IS that Company A's images are placed next to Company B's search results. If you click on the familar Company A image / logo, the link takes you to Company B - NOT COOL!
Also for my area of searches, the results are coming back all jumbled up and in many cases, the links take you to 404 error pages.
For what I search for: Tourism issues in the country of Latvia, I am finding Cuil's results totally useless.
Try searching for "tourist info riga latvia" and the results come back all jumbled - nonsense.
I am also getting many "no results found" errors on things tht I normally search for and find results with other engines.
Overall, I plan to give up on Cuil and perhaps will never go back except for a laugh about some of the results.
Their excuses about too many people looking is - "too LAME" to use the younger generations slang.
Also, the lack of real serious communication from the Cuil team is very disappointing. Their silence is deafing. Most PR Experts normally recommend over communication in these types of situations.
Maybe its time for the NOT COOL - T shirt vendors to come alive!