Next Time, Search the Whole Web
Web search engines, like Yahoo and Google, generally only look through a few billion pages at a time to find what you’re looking for. What about the other 110 billion pages? Sometimes what you’re really looking for is hidden in a small site that doesn’t rate being indexed by the large search services. By contrast, Cuil’s search service examines the entire Web, all 120 billion pages out there. The name is pronounced “kool,” is based on an old Irish word for knowledge and the technology was created by several ex-Google employees. It’s hard to believe that Cuil sifts through the whole Web and can deliver hundreds of page results in less than a second. The best part is that rather than just text results, Cuil presents its results in two columns along with a thumbnail and a chunk of text from the site.