Remember Cuil? It was that stealth search engine that launched with a massive amount of buzz because a few former Googlers were behind it. Then it got even more press when it fell flat. Well, it’s still around. But you never hear about it anymore. Still, it got all that press whereas plenty of other search startups hardly get any. So one of those came up with a cute gimmick.
The search engine Duck Duck Go has obtained the domains Cuiler.com and Cuilest.com to give itself a cooler front end. Smart move. After all, it put it on my radar, and after trying out the engine, it seems very, very solid. It’s a simple engine that doesn’t clutter its pages with unnecessary results. It offers tailored results for regular search as well as information, and shopping results. And, for the adventurous types, there’s an “I’m feeling ducky” button. And, unlike Google, the service says it keeps no information from its searches.
Perhaps even more interesting, DuckDuckGo is the work of one man, Gabriel Weinberg, a former co-founder of NamesDatabase (which sold to Classmates.com in 2006). As he notes on the Cuiler and Cuilest sites, “Search with less garbage and cuils.”
DuckDuckGo is a search engine, like Google. Use it to get more Zero-click Info, more privacy, less spam, !bang syntax and lots of other goodies.
Cuil was a stealth search engine startup which claims that it can index web pages significantly faster and cheaper than Google. Cuil has told potential investors that their indexing costs will be 1/10th of Google’s, based on new search architectures and relevance methods. In some ways Cuil is the polar opposite of Powerset, which has huge indexing costs because it does a deep contextual analysis on every sentence on every web page. Powerset’s indexing costs, therefore, should be...