Cuil – Latest Stats

Hi folks,

Following on from your suggestions, we have been keeping an eye on the usage stats for the new search engine Cuil. Unfortunately, we have been watching a quick decline rather than a steep ascent to success!

Despite an impressive start, stats for Cuil have been falling steadily. It’s unfortunate that the engine couldn’t capitalise on the initial interest it generated following widespread media coverage, and it remains to be seen if and how Cuil plans to tempt many disgruntled users back to the site as the index improves. It looks like the folks at Cuil have some tough work ahead of them.

In the meantime, please find below the latest stats for Cuil – these figures show the % of searches performed using Cuil relative to the total number of searches performed.

Globally US UK
Jul 29 0.10%
(1 in 1,000)
0.11%
(1 in 1,000)
0.19%
(1 in 500)
Jul 30 0.11% 0.12% 0.19%
Jul 31 0.08% 0.09% 0.10%
Aug 01 0.06% 0.07% 0.10%
Aug 02 0.05% 0.07% 0.09%
Aug 03 0.04% 0.04% 0.08%
Aug 04 0.03% 0.04% 0.06%
Aug 05 0.03%
(3 in 10,000)
0.04%
(1 in 2,500)
0.05%
(1 in 2,000)
Aug 06 0.03% 0.03% 0.05%
Aug 07 0.02% 0.03% 0.01%
Aug 08 0.02% 0.02% 0.01%
Aug 09 0.02% 0.03% 0.01%
Aug 10 0.01% 0.02% 0.01%

Note: This information is based on a total sample for the period of over 365 million page views globally.

95 comments on “Cuil – Latest Stats

  1. Finally, the most ridiculously overblown “news story” in the history of online technology blows over.

    Why does everyone insist on wishing them “good luck” with these “horrible search results” that “need massive improvement”?

    There’s so much other promising stuff on the internet, and the media picks something that sucks from the get-go to harp on??!

    This company deserves no sympathy. You don’t release a product until it’s AT LEAST semi-usable. Surely they knew it wasn’t close to that.

  2. I thought they had some nice ideas, BUT then you do a search and most results are bad or just plain irrelevant.

    Cuil can’t compete with google or yahoo or live, hell they were the worst results I’ve seen in a long long time

    anyway best of luck to them

  3. I have a strong feeling
    Cuil was nothing but a google experiment, to see if a privacy-conscious competitor (fake competitor, i should add) would drive users away from google.
    Note also that yahoo.com did the same thing with Yuil – the similarity in names are not a coincidence.
    It is a serpentine marketing trick from google – setting up a fake competitor for a strong loss.
    The reason i say this is that their search results are simply too awful to be true.
    Further details here (though nothing to authenticate my hypothesis):

    http://letterfromtheplanetofapes.blogspot.com/2008/08/theres-something-about-cuil.html

  4. Failure for Cuil, but success for whatever marketing/pr firm got them their original hits. If it was a viral marketing project, then it worked.

    Anyone know who did it for them?

  5. If you are going to challenge the gods, you better be prepared. What’s funnier than the crap they built is that we all gave it a chance with some expectation. What a piece of cuil.

  6. I found that the Cuil results were highly accurate, fresh and relevant to my searches!!

    Well, I did when I was looking to find expired domains, KW stuffed spam pages or wanted to be redirected to a porn site.

    But for anything else – not so much.

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