Cuil – anti-social search

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Interesting new search engine that claims to index three times as many pages as Google and displays the results according to analysis of content. Just when we thought the likes of Alta Vista, Infoseek and the rest were dead and buried! It seems pretty fast but, frankly, it would benefit from a few of the ‘superficial popularity metrics’ that it explicitly rejects (but, oddly, seems to use a bit). The results may be relevant but, without the wisdom of the crowd, provide little hint as to their quality. I like the three column display for most purposes (though my poor little eee PC is less than pleased and it is not easy to decide whether to read across or down) and the fact that it collects no private data is reassuring but inevitably reduces the relevance of the results.

It’s a good system and I suspect I may use this for complex and precise queries when Google fails but it is not likely to take much market share until it pays more attention to the collective mind.
Created:Mon, 04 Aug 2008 15:38:15 GMT

I am a professional learner, employed as a Full Professor and Associate Dean, Learning & Assessment, at Athabasca University, where I research lots of things broadly in the area of learning and technology, and I teach mainly in the School of Computing & Information Systems. I am a proud Canadian, though I was born in the UK. I am married, with two grown-up children, and three growing-up grandchildren. We all live in beautiful Vancouver.

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