There is a new search engine called Cuil whose name comes from the Gaelic word for “knowledge” and “hazel”. It has been designed by some former google employees and has made a number of claims that Google can’t.
1) The founders say Cuil indexes the web more comprehensively than anything that came before it. They claim to have already indexed 121,617,892,992 webpages.
2) It can purportedly understand the context of a page and the intentions behind search requests (a capability Google is working hard to refine).
3) It retains no data on users (Google’s database goes back 18 months).
4) Search results are presented in columns, with image thumbnails bulwarking each link — a format modeled from online content and news sites.
I gave it a try and typed in “Mike Blaney” and apparently I am not on one of the 121,617,892,992 web pages it has indexed even though Google reports 472,000 results for the same thing. I think I will hold off changing over, but it is worth a look.
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