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Cuil, the new search engine

Anna Patterson, the ex Google employer and one with a very important contribution in the development of the main search engine, decided to start a new search engine, which would provide better and more attractive results. She left Google and now she works with other prominent ex-Google employees, like Russell Power, who worked with Ms. Patterson on the large Google index, and Louis Monier, a former chief technology officer at AltaVista, a pioneering search engine.

Cuil went live on July 28, 2008. It displays relatively long entries along with thumbnail pictures for most results. Anna Patterson (born 1973 in Chicago) is president of Cuil

“I think it will be better,”, said her husband and partner, Tom Costello, in an interview.

For the moment, Cuil has about 30 employees and has its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., raising $33 million from venture investors.

Rather than ranking the pages based on inbound links as Google does with Pagerank, Cuil analyzes the content of Web pages for their relevance to a search query. Cuil claims its search algorithm scans through 120 billion web pages, three times more than Google and ten times as many as Microsoft.

I see that most of the specialists consider Cuil with really relevant results. To me, at least for a specific keyword I used for search, it seems that it still has a lot to improve in the search algorithm. Although almost all the results was from my web sites (it was a regional search), none of the results was relevant for this specific region.

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