I woke up to see CNN splashing a frontpage story on their site about a company that was banded together by a bunch of misfit Google coders that are looking to take over the world. They claim they have indexed over 120 billion web pages, while Google said they indexed 8 billion…3 years ago. The company is called Cuil (pronounced like the word 'cool'), but it is actually far from it.
Open up a browser and go to Google. Type in a search for 'fuji apples'. Now do the same from Yahoo's search engine. Now MSN's. Ok, now try Cuil.
The three biggest search engines in the world all look similar. Why? Because it works.
I typed in one of my blog names and I get some decent results, only there are completely random images thrown among them. Who the hell is that guy on the left? It's not me. It's not Steve. It's not Kraig.
What about at the bottom left? It randomly pulled in an NFL Network picture? Could that get me sued by them by using an image that I wasn't authorized to use? But it's not mine, it's Cuil's!
Even more interesting is you can search this 100 times and get 100 random images (except, that weird picture of that guy keeps popping up for some odd reason).
That is a major, major issue. Think about it: what if you search for say 'New Hampshire Pedophile List' and amidst the searches you see your picture. Or your father's. Or brother's.
I'm just waiting for the lawsuits to come pouring in over this one.
If we go back to searching for a second, it might help that you have the hardware to keep up with having your name splashed all over the place. I've tried using it multiple times and get hit with:
We'll be back soon...
Due to overwhelming interest, our Cuil servers are running a bit hot right now. The search engine is momentarily unavailable as we add more capacity.
Thanks for your patience.
Well, I checked back soon after and saw something new!
No results because of high load...
Due to excessive load, our servers didn't return results. Please try your search again.
This one made me laugh, considering all I did was go to their site and click ABOUT:
Oops! We couldn't find that page.
Please verify that the URL is correct and try again.
And a few times I was greeted with this lovely nugget:
Sorry, an error occurred.
Please try your search again. If the problem persists, please be assured that our team is working quickly to resolve the issue.
Oh, I did. I used Google, because after I hit BACK two dozen times and tried over and over, I figured I'd use a real search engine to find what I was looking for.