Cuil’s Numbers Just Don’t Add Up!

From Cuil:

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

Then maybe someone can help me understand these searches I ran:

Am I missing something?? Saying that you are bigger than Google is a damn big statement, and I would think that you should have some data to back yourself up!


  1. I actually stopped by to read the hitwise article, but this seemed like an interesting discussion too.

    As I understand it, Cuil isn’t saying that they will have more results per search item, but that the results will be more likely what you want. Are you really going to look at the 1310000000th website for money? Parts are similar to what Yahoo added a few months ago (I’m a tester for Zillow, so I’ll demonstrate with a query relavent to the product I work on) []. Try clicking on the dropdown arrow below the search box, those explore concepts are a key part of Cuil. The same search in Cuil brings up tabs and categories that help you further refine your search []. This is I believe why you don’t see as many results based on a single keyword. Compare the results to G* []. One of the first page results for Cuil is something called and that doesn’t appear on either G* or Y*’s first page results. If that result should or not be listed is another debate.

    I’m a little disappointed to see that Zillow Mortgage Marketplace [] isn’t listed with those results, but I haven’t used the engine long enough to see if it finds me what I’m looking for any faster yet. If Cuil is true to their word in that they try to ascertain the content relavance, it may eliminate the link pages I always seem to find with Google. Honestly, if those aren’t indexed by Cuil, I’d be happy without seeing those “results.” What promotes a page in higher ranking is also still unclear and, if Cuil has done their homework, should be difficult to game for higher placement. Right now for me, the jury is still out, but I’d like to figure out what has to offer that we don’t.

  2. The raw number estimates that search engines show you don’t mean anything. Even Google tends to radically reduce those estimates as you dig deeper into their search results.

    Most of the criticisms directed at Cuil over the past week have been misguided, based on misunderstandings of how search engines work.

    It will take Cuil 1-2 years to establish a solid market position, if historical performance is any indicator of future performance. Altavista and Google both knocked other search engines out of the top position. Neither of them did it quickly.

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