Monday, March 09, 2009

Cuil not so cool any more

There's a graph of declining Cuil traffic numbers at that you'd think would have Cuil's investors jumping off the top of the nearest tall building. (Be sure to check out all 3 tabs: Reach, Rank, and Page Views. They're all terrifying.)
The Internet-surfing public has voted with their feet on this one, I'd say. What's odd is that the downtrend has been in progress for quite some time, yet Cuil's designers have done nothing to try to stem the exodus. Have they not heard of A/B testing? Does anyone at Cuil know anything about analytics? Maybe they've been trying like heck to stop the bleeding and we just don't know it.
Whatever. The kid in The Sixth Sense can now say "I see abandoned search engines..."


  1. Does cuil's lack of usage really mean its an inferior search engine? I wonder if they lost out not so much because of technology but more because of branding (or the lack of)

  2. Anonymous6:04 PM

    FWIW, Cuil lost me because their search engine is useless compared to Google. I would have liked to switch, but without functionality such as the "inurl" keyword, I feel helpless.

    Cuil seems to lack any such functionality. Doesn't it? I see no "advanced search page" link anywhere, and searching Cuil for "cuil advanced search" turned up a TechCrunch article about how poorly Cuil is doing.


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