THE LAUGHING STOCK of the search engine world, Cuil, has disappeared from the web.
The search engine, launched by ex-Google employees in 2008 with what was at the time an index three times bigger than that of Google, has not been reachable since Friday. While its large index count played well with the mainstream media, real web users were quick to point out that the search engine was not particularly good at delivering relevant results.
Since then the search engine was repeatedly lambasted in the press, even when it relaunched earlier this year. Cuil's CEO Tom Costello blathered on his blog that there were many "haters" and even apologised for not creating Skynet, but was met with a barrage of criticism.
The failure of Cuil shows that web users are becoming a far more discerning lot. Particularly with search engines, the quality of results, not headline grabbing figures of websites indexed decides what gets used, something that Cuil seemingly forgot and cost it dearly.
With Cuil's website down since Friday, it's likely that the web has seen the last of this car crash. Cuil failed to respond to our requests for an interview by press time. µ
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