Search Engines

Cuil Doesn’t Measure Up

by Jason Green on August 27, 2010 · 0 comments

Well, it’s pretty obvious that they hype over the new search engine, Cuil, was far greater than what the site could actually deliver.

I won’t repeat all of the reasons they won’t be the next Google killer. If you’re reading this, you’ve surely read about them all several times already. Instead, I did a semi-scientific test of their search results. Since they claim to be the largest search engine in existence, they should have the highest number of results for any given search term. Right???

I chose several words at random as they popped into my head. I searched for these terms on Google.com, Yahoo.com, MSN.com, and Cuil.com and recorded the number of search results. For Cuil, the findings are probably not what they were hoping for. Without any more chit chat, let’s get to the charts and graphs!

Search Test Report

From the chart above, you can clearly see that Yahoo! dominates as far as search results go. We’re not talking about relevancy, we’re only interested in number of search results returned. Google could be considered second, beating MSN and Cuil most of the time. Surprisingly, MSN had the lowest number of total results throughout the entire test. (Even lower than Cuil) Something odd were the search terms where Cuil beat out all other search engines, even Yahoo!.

  • “asp.net books” – Cuil: 602,186,415 / Yahoo!: 26,200,000
  • “google knol” – Cuil: 38,607,628 / Yahoo!: 15,400,000
  • “make liquid soap” – Cuil: 127,604,750 / Yahoo!: 12,500,000

This may not be the most scientific test, or be the definitive demise of Cuil, but if they’re the largest search engine in the universe, why don’t they give me the most search results??? Please let me know what you think in the comments.

Raw Search Data

microsoft cuil google yahoo
yahoo 299000000 546032790 2930000000 7020000000
money 638000000 1727246159 1310000000 4620000000
google 189000000 516386388 2750000000 4510000000
web development 532000000 13374732 190000000 4060000000
real estate 291000000 640803910 707000000 3160000000
cars 225000000 814511255 855000000 2540000000
microsoft 237000000 520578288 907000000 2070000000
facebook 20800 15832213 406000000 1590000000
american business 646000000 1917726 98500000 1520000000
myspace 3080000 132450851 861000000 1510000000
internet access 764000000 32763765 176000000 1020000000
batman 25700000 40819411 102000000 469000000
ferrari 68200000 67216311 162000000 335000000
porsche 77000000 75242044 141000000 321000000
linkedin 70300000 5704636 147000000 310000000
britney spears 83000000 136397691 105000000 214000000
foreclosure 16700000 71997961 48100000 198000000
lamborghini 13700000 17650898 62700000 193000000
visual studio 123000000 25181007 43500000 165000000
php books 218000000 81590 23200000 150000000
spiderman 22500000 18529699 50500000 149000000
hacking 142000000 148071687 53000000 144000000
superman 21100000 34224020 61800000 104000000
jason green 19300000 49203 3600000 99000000
riaa 3490000 6881174 8210000 30600000
asp.net books 5080000 602186415 7920000 26200000
led flashlight 4180000 1071520 2510000 25200000
bike commuting 977000 61059 671000 16600000
google knol 6350000 38607628 904000 15400000
excel macro 3200000 88872 649000 13400000
make liquid soap 4620000 127604750 751000 12500000
volcano eruption 2560000 136101 2440000 8390000
johannes brahms 5510000 2119690 4110000 7290000
cuil 71500 124737 1540000 5910000
monty python holy grail 1010000 1898341 412000 4780000
dns cache attacks 2360000 703280 220000 4400000
fryderyk chopin 5200000 1101294 1440000 1270000
grocery shrink ray 164000 434466 59000 777000
Total: 4769373300 6386083562 12225736000 36643717000