A Cuil Roundup (and countdown to acquisition starts today)

Cuil, the latest “Google killer”…

Cuil is getting a lot of coverage – it’s on the front page of Drudge too…

cuil-headlines-on-drudge-report

It makes me think that the long standing love affair with the Google brand is fading (or has already faded). That, or folks need something to write about on a Monday morning and Cuil has a good PR team.

In the long run, I suspect the mainsteam is going to catch the buzz and type “COOL” dot com into their browsers, much to a domain squatter’s pleasure. But I don’t think that is going to matter – Cuil launched today, but that doesn’t mean it was created yesterday, nor were it’s founders or funders born yesterday either. The company was founded in ’05, and has garnered roughly $33 million over two rounds of funding (data here). Add the recent acquisition of Powerset (who itself had just launched) by Microsoft, and one could surmise Cuil won’t be independent very long.

With Google pushing into the content space with Knol, I’d be placing my bet on the flip-side – a traditional content producer (think major media) pushing back.

UPDATE: Fair is fair…ReadWriteWeb chimes in – Cuil is good, but not great.

UPDATE 2: Still more, from Forbes (including how Cuil got started).

UPDATE 3: ReadWriteWeb returns, astonished by all the PR Cuil received. Techdirt says the privacy play is a non-starter. And CNet’s Webware explains some of the problems – the comments there are telling of mob mentality, including a cadre of folks pissed off that they couldn’t find their own websites via Cuil.

On a personal note: My early morning test of the search engine (before the crowd came and knocked it down) were fine for checks of my own name. This URL showed up, along with quite a few sites that had linked in which I was unaware of.

End note: It’s easy to get someone to say nice things about your company – all you have to do is pay them. It’s also easy to get someone to say bad things about your company – all you have to do is ignore them.

Comments

George Kay says:

I once had a boss who always said this whenever someone messed up, “Good help is hard to get these days.”

This reminds me of a few Redmond based products.

“We’ll be back soon…
Due to overwhelming interest, our Cuil servers are running a bit hot right now. The search engine is momentarily unavailable as we add more capacity.

Thanks for your patience.”

So you’re suggesting this is a prime Microsoft buy 😉 ?

I just got…

“No results because of high load…

Due to excessive load, our servers didn’t return results. Please try your search again.”

Was working this morning (probably before people got to the office and opened up Drudge). Makes you wonder whether the PR rush was unexpected. The good results/bad results arguments certainly seem moot when you can’t get any results at all.

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