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Monday, July 28, 2008

Need a New Search Engine?

Posted by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey on Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 9:27 AM

Sometimes I think if I see the Google search engine page one more time I'm going to vomit into my shirt pocket. DO YOU EVER FEEL THIS WAY?! If so, you may want to check out the interweb's newest engine, Cuil. According to the makers...

Cuil searches more pages on the Web than anyone else -- three times as many as Google and ten times as many as Microsoft.

Rather than rely on superficial popularity metrics, Cuil searches for and ranks pages based on their content and relevance. When we find a page with your keywords, we stay on that page and analyze the rest of its content, its concepts, their inter-relationships and the page’s coherency.

OH YEAH? Well, we'll just see about that! As a test, I'm going to do my top five searches I do every day on Google and see how Cuil stacks up:

1) WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY = No results found. BOOOOOO!!

2) URKEL = 145,062 results (Nice! Plus the top of the page breaks the Urkel subject into tabs to get even more specific, such as "Steve Urkel," "Urkel Doll," and "Myrtle Urkel." Another nice feature? The page is broken up into three columns with accompanying artwork and a longish paragraph for each search item.)

3) ALISON HALLETT JAGER BOMB = No results found. (Our arts editor Alison has enlisted my help to ensure that she never has any pictures of her doing Jager Bombs on the internet. So far, so good.)

4) JONAS BROTHERS = Wait... "No results found," and then when I hit search again, 200,000 results were found! Apparently, Cuil -- much like Portland -- has yet to appreciate that these lovable musical moppets are extremely popular and wildly talented!

5) FOXY STEPDADS = 1,560 results... but only one shows up! (Something about "tarring a stepdad with a brush"? Huh??) Then when I turn the "safe search" off, it only yielded 1,416 results -- again with just the "tar the stepdad with a brush" item! WTF?!

As you can see, Cuil acted a little buggy for me -- but admittedly, my searches are a bit off the beaten path. Plug in your searches and see how it works! And read more about Cuil here!

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