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Cuil 2 August, 2008

Posted by aronzak in web.
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Heard about a new search engine called ‘cuil‘. Amusing, as I instinctively searched for it with my trusty google box in ff. It has some nice features, such as icons for results. But it’s not really a game changer. It’s going to take a lot more than an ugly black interface to unseat the reigning champion of web searches. The fact is, if you want to find something, you instinctively use a web search. You don’t take the time to think about what tool you are going to use. That’s why Yahoo (and the rest) makes a toolbar, so that you’ll go to their search first.

6 Things that I don’t like within one use:

1. Ugly interface looks like a flash applet, not a webpage.

2. Wikipedia does not appear in the top of the results, unlike with google (and I like that)

3. Sponsorship seems present. A search for ‘linux’ brings up recommended ‘linux software’ and ‘suse linux’. Is suse paying for that?

4. Columns is nice, but I’m used to a single line, and reading across if something is interesting.

5. Having a picture from each page is interesting. Sometimes the pictures are of a completely unrelated thing.

6. The name is crap. There’s no two ways about it.

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