Paul Buchheit posted a message
“Maybe Cuil isn’t supposed to be good. They must know that the results are bad, but they launched anyway. Maybe they aren’t trying to build a full search engine, but just want to demo their crawling+indexing technology with the expectation that someone will buy the company and plug in better ranking.”
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—Where “someone” = MSFT, who has already shown that they are willing to pay a lot for non-functional search engines. – Paul Buchheit
—That is what I was thinking, too. – Robert Scoble
—You’d think they’d work toward getting something relevant if you search on “cuil launch” – Michael Markman
—It’s the only thing that makes sense when you look at how bad the results are. You don’t roll out something like unless you are just showing off the interface. – Kevin Bondelli
—Would also explain the weak branding. Who cares, if it’s just going to get plugged into something else? – Chris Baskind
—Not very good results at the moment I will say – shinchi via twhirl
—It must be so hard to launch something in a realm where there isn’t much tolerance/patience for incremental improvement. The bar in this space is high and consumers are very picky. Look at Yahoo. Their search is actually pretty damn good. However, they keep losing share. – Sacca
—agree with Sacca – also, I thought the people behind Cuil had already sold some search technology to Google and hence they wanted to try it out on their own this time – so if anything they’d have more intent than others not to flip. – Adam Kazwell
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—Google Killer? I do not even need to look to know the answer – Mike Reynolds
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—It’s embarrassing IMO. The results are thin and the images completely wrong. Not good is one thing … Cuil seems a cut below not good right now. – AJ Kohn
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—IMHO there have to be better ways to show off your very own crawling+indexing technologies than opening up to the public and getting thrashed for not delivering what people expect when you dub your service search engine. I have a hard time believing that the cuil/cuill guys did not know what they were doing though … Were they pushed to release by financiers? Were they in dire need of usage data? – Mustafa K. Isik