Monday, July 28, 2008

Cuil New Search Engine?

Did you hear about the new kid on the search engine block? (pronounced like "cool") debuted today as a Google challenger. It's brought to you by some ex-Google engineers and it claims to be bigger and better than Google. From Yahoo!:

For starters, Cuil's search index spans 120 billion Web pages.

Patterson believes that's at least three times the size of Google's index, although there is no way to know for certain. Google stopped publicly quantifying its index's breadth nearly three years ago when the catalog spanned 8.2 billion Web pages.

I gave it a try and entered "Creative Gene" in the search box. My first impression was good. I like the clean look and column layout. The results on page one were all relavent to my blog so that made me very happy :-) . But then I took a closer look and burst out laughing. There, right next to one of my blog links, was a fetish poster! LOL! Now I know that I don't have any fetish posters on my blog so I clicked on the image to see where it would take me. Turns out it took me right to my blog. I can't explain why the image is there or why another image further down the page appears next to another entry of my blog but it's not one of my images either.

I'm not making this up, look! (Click to view larger)

I'm thinking isn't quite ready for prime time ;-) Check it out and let me know what you think of!


  1. Jasia - I tried it out earlier today & entered "All My Branches". Most of the top entries are of my website but I had an "orphan" picture on one spot. It's an old picture just like the old pictures on the page it referenced. And like you I clicked on it to see where it took me & I got to that page - but no picture. Not sure what that's all about. Hope it gets fixed or something!

  2. I tried it out earlier too. Using the term "Phend Family" I got some really funky returns. Links that took me nowhere because the page didn't exist! Some hits had strange images beside them also. So I agree with you, cuil isn't quite cool just yet.

  3. LOL! I looked at the image and here is what I think happened - in the first entry you mention the 2008 FEEFHS Conference. I guess FEEFHS is close enough to Fetish that the entry in the next column, which is from a blog aggregator, threw in an added bonus of an image.

    I think you have a new slogan here: Creative Gene, it's only kinky the first time. Or maybe: Creative Gene - get your genea-freak on.

  4. Kind of adds to that "sexy genealogist" theme, doesn't it? LOL!

  5. I tried it, found that it sometimes produces more relevant results than Google.

  6. Jasia,

    I did a little testing and found the results pretty good for the most part. I did have some of those stray pics attached to my results, but none as interesting as yours!


  7. 120 billion pages, eh? Well, either I'm blind or mine isn't among them! 'one point in time' first with no quotes, and received far too many results to go through, none relevant. So then I placed it in quotes and it turned up only a handful of results this time but my site still wasn't there. My blog is relatively new, but not very much so; I created it in May this year, but I do know that Google indexed it long ago. So finally I entered the title and a distinctive keyword from my blog--still nothing!

    Definitely not cuil. :)

  8. It doesn't appear that they have my blog indexed. The only hits for Apple's Tree that were related to my blog were where someone else had linked to me. I also searched for Ella McKinnon as she has been featured in so many of my recent titles - no luck. Creative Gene only had 25 hits today and no unusual pictures. None of the links was direct to your blog but there was one to your feed. Odd that it's not consistent.