Menlo Park based Cuil has officially launched with quite a sizable index of 120 billion web pages, making them arguably a comprehensive search engine on the web. Cuil not only claims that they have found a way to massively reduce the costs involved in indexing the web and how they handle search queries (Google spends a billion dollars a year to run the back end infrastructure of it’s search business), they also make the boastful claims to have better search results than Google and others based on how they index websites.
I am glad that a link to this blog shows up as the # 1 result. However, look at what shows up in the rest of the results.
- # 2 – Yes that is my beautiful mug but that is not a listing for me but rather, David Wallace – the governor of Indiana back in the 1800′s.
- # 3 – Links to a Wikipedia page that lists several entries they have for David Wallaces. While this may be relevant, it has a Goofy cartoon image next to it, the very same image I use many times as my avatar in various places on the Internet.
- # 4 – Links to my personal blog but that is not a picture of me.
- # 10 – Links to David Wallace Croft’s “about” page but that is not a picture of him next to the listing but rather of me.
I see the same sort of thing happening on subsequent pages.
I’m not even going to conduct any further searches as you have already lost me, Cuil. There is obviously something wrong with your correlation between images and search listings.