The search engine Cuil seems to have been launched with quite a lot of hype see here for example, claiming it searches more pages than Google and that its indexing of the content of the page rather than just serving up the popular pages like Google makes it more useful.
I can't say I found that on a test this morning.
It looks pretty and was easy to use. The results displayed in columns was easier to use. The use of more colour and images made the lists easier to scan and select.
The FAQs explained mostly what I wanted to know, and how it might help me.
OK, it seemed to have found my blog, but not directly. It pulled pages from a bookmarking program I use and from the counter on the blog.
In the interest of research I entered two of my regular searches for obscure names from genealogy research but it had nothing to offer there. It did pull up quite unrelated pages for pornography (so much for Safe Search being on) and a used car webpage. Again Google managed many more pages.
I then gave it a search for "Energy Community Treaty" for which there should be a lot of results. OK it knew that this was an EU Treaty but it couldn't actually find the text or a webpage that refered to the Treaty. So not a lot of use really, compared with Google which picks up the text, the latest news and the portal for the Treaty Secretariat.
So not much use in the areas it claims to be better than Google.
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