Yesterday marked the much anticipated (in the tech world anyway) launch of Cuil.com, a new search engine from a couple of ex-Googlers. In case you missed it, I invite you to go check it out right now. Of course it is very early to tell whether or not Cuil will make any kind of a run at Google’s search market dominance, but initial reports were less then great.
Upon trying the engine out for a short while, I found that the search results were questionable at best. It is clear that their one major claim, that they index many more web pages than Google, is true. However, the search rankings varied on significance, and the alternative layout tends to put me off. But like I said, it is a long road, and we will see if Cuil can pick up the kind of steam they are looking for.
Now I bet you may be asking yourself, why even challenge Google? Well, I have to tip my hat to them. How else can you expect any change to happen if new companies don’t challenge the market leaders? As internet users, we didn’t know we needed Google before the search behemoth came along. And now, it would be pretty hard to see whether or not we need something new. It’s time for the wait and see game, as we find out what kinds of tricks Cuil.com might have up their sleeves.