Cuil’s ostensible advantage over Google is that it searches more webpages – a debatable statistic, since Google limits its own number in order to discount extraneous pages that people don’t want to be searching through in the first place such as duplicate webpages, dynamic calendars, etc.
So, I tried giving it a spin. Thoughts? Well, first I tried the search string “Beck Modern Guilt” – the name of one of my favorite singer-songwriters and his new album. There should be a lot of hits, right? Actually, no: “No Results Found.” How is this possible? I don’t understand. When I shorten the string to “Beck” plenty of different terms show up, and it appears that they are ordering their search engine by category. If I search ‘Beck’ then the most popular searches containing the word show up: all the different people or places with the word ‘Beck’ in the name. Irritating, is it not? There is a tab for each search term, and then a set of results for each term. Each website has a paragraph of text describing it. How can you possibly accomplish a search when you have little more than 2 results in a single page?
Well, don’t count on anything major happening in the browser wars. Google continues its march, and venture capital continues to sink its money into things that will inevitably fail.