28 July 2008 | Tanya Goodin

Cuil goes live

It’s a new search engine

So does Cuil Irish for knowledge and pronounced cool, live up to the hype? It claims to be bigger than Google (bigger is better right?) and provide more focus on the content. It has some nice features to help you search such as drill downs and categories. It provides more information on each site than on traditional search engines and has some company logos in there as well.

So what about relevancy? Well, searching from the UK, (there is no UK/International option) I was pleased to see some UK results feature, about 50/50 on most searches. And it got a lot better when using UK specific terms.

And the relevancy was pretty good. I do worry that getting US results as a first offering will put people off even if they can drill down fairly easily. Roll over on the catgeories links and more options are offered. It’s a pretty nice way to get more choice without having to actually click on a link.

Display -Spinal Tap time?

The display of results is moving away to a more ‘magazine’ format rather than a straight forward ‘one to ten’ set, indeed, often 11 results are offered. very Spinal Tap, this one does go to 11! So it will be interesting to see which link the users place the most value on.


One thing which Cuil is keen to emphasise is that they collect no data on you, at all. So for those worried about privacy and security you can rest easy with Cuil.

Will it challenge Google?

It’s good. I like it. And you may as well. But it is always going to be super hard for anyone to budge Google, they are seen as being the place to search online. And I am not (yet) seeing any great leap forward with Cuil.

Give it a go and see what you think. Anything that challenges Google is good news for the consumer and I am sure Google would agree. Competition is a good thing!

Tanya Goodin

Tanya Goodin

Founder of Tamar