Cuil, Google Just Lost Another Competitor

Sep 20, 2010 • 7:56 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Search Engines

Google Can't Find CuilRemember Cuil? Yea, the Google competitor. Well, if you do remember them you are cool, if not - no worries, they are offline and you didn't miss much.

TechCrunch broke the story that Cuil went offline and later noted it had to do with a failed acquisition.

New sources tells us that Cuil was in the final stages of an acquisition as of last Wednesday, and everything was in place except the final signatures. Then the deal fell apart for some reason.

There is some discussion around this search engine going offline. We have threads at Google Blogoscoped Forums, Search Engine Watch and WebmasterWorld.

The Search Engine Watch thread has one member saying:

The employees were told at 11 AM today, and the servers shut down at 4 PM PDT.

Did you ever use Cuil? I didn't, except for a few searches when they first launched.

Forum discussion at Google Blogoscoped Forums, Search Engine Watch and WebmasterWorld.

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09/20/2010 12:50 pm

✟2007-2010 R.I.P.


09/20/2010 12:53 pm

I used it for a while & gave it a fair go but the relevancy of the results just wasn't there. It's a shame they couldn't make the product work & that we'd have another competitor in the market place, competition is good for everyone. Unfortunately, the barrier of entry is so massive against Google that I don't know that anyone could honestly mount an attack & draw, let alone win.

Michael Martinez

09/20/2010 05:42 pm

I'm one of the few people who did use Cuil. I was always hoping they would pull through but I think their biggest deficit was their inability to articulate their vision to the public. There were things you could do with Cuil and Cpedia that you cannot do with Google and Bing. They were useful and helpful for a Web marketer, but I guess people would rather pay for bogus tools than use free ones that actually provide some usable information.

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