Cuil – The Elegant Search Engine

15 Aug

I stumbled upon while browsing for some high-tech stuff. Believe me, it made me forget what I was looking for. An excellent user interface combined with very intelligent search semantics, very impressive indeed. I was amazed at the relevance of the results. Although the number of results shown at once is lesser than the contemporary search engines, it makes up for it by ensuring two things. First, the search results are extremely relevant: Second, the search results carry tabs for each of the related possible suggestions, the user may effortlessly click any of the tabs to get results for that tab. Cuil is a brain child of Anna Patterson and Tom Costello. It has been designed to be the largest search engine on the web.

The two features, namely faceted drilldown and tabbed search for related terms are shown in the figures below.

One has to use it to believe its effectiveness. Highly recommended Search Engine, good job Cuil team… !


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  1. Avinash

    August 18, 2008 at 9:13 am

    This is a great search engine.. Its helping me a lot !!

  2. Mohammad Ali

    August 21, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Nice design – however I still don't see how it lives up to its claim of being the largest search engine. It returns alot less results than google does.

    Or am I missing something here :-S

  3. Farrukh

    August 22, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Hmmm. I got to disagree with you. The interface is good but the search results in term of relevance are not very good. And i don’t think it will be as good as google. Reason being, on day of its launch the site went down. All i could get was they cannot process my request.

  4. Abbas Ahmed

    August 22, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Farrukh, its relevance ranking is better for the searches I perform, we do differ on keywords. However, I think they have a lot more crawling to do…