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)
(1 in 1,000)
(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)
(1 in 2,500)
(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. Any new search engine that wants to take on the big G needs to find something representative of result quality that can’t easily be impacted by those with the resources to skew results.

    Links can be manipulated.
    On page content can be manipulated.
    Search result click behavior can be manipulated.

    It’s a tough game to play!

  2. I actually like Cuil’s website layout better. The colors are a bit harsh but I could get used to it.

    I think the failure occured at the actual searches.

    The main difference between Google and Cuil is that Cuil doesn’t measure CTR, because CTR infringes on your privacy in a way. Cuil wanted to be the search engine of a new era – ethical searching perhaps. The problem is that CTR shows the psychology behind every search – what you actually searched for instead of what spammed its way to the top.

    Cuil will have to find a replacement for this without infringing on peoples privacy. I think it can be done, and I believe cuil does have a future as a google competitor. Hopefully they will figure it out soon.

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  4. My new theory is that Cuil was never intended to be a search engine that delivered relevant results. Instead, I think that the reason for Cuil is to have the biggest index of the internet and then sell that database onto another company like Microsoft search or Yahoo.

    When you look at the profiles of the ex-Google employees at Cuil, their skills are all in the field of creating large indexes/databases and no expertise in extracting relevant results from such an index.

  5. Take a google search result, add more text to each entry and maybe a related picture, and then put it in 3 columns; that’s the impression I got from cuil.

    Google grabbed the top spot from Altavista years ago with their innovative ranking algorithm that put the most important pages first. There really was a *need* for that. What need is cuil responding to?

  6. The layout is just way busier than it needs to be. Also, I typed in the name of a website, and it didn’t find it. But it found one site that referred to it. That’s just not useful to me. As Danny says, I think it was the PR that worked, because of the many search pages I’ve seen, this is one of the worst.

  7. My two main issues with Cuil

    1) I did not like their results layout, difficult to read and browse

    2) Put my name in (I’m a writer with multiple sites) on Google and you get thousands of hits. Put it in on Cuil and it gets no hits. That means either their page collection methods are incomplete, or I don’t exist. Rene Descartes suggests I do.

    I am actually an old AltaVista partisan from way back, who only grudgingly went to Google as it became more powerful…winning tme over to yet another engine will require it to be better, not inferior.

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