Cuil.com – What are the experts are saying?
Is someone really trying to compete with a search engine that has successfully secured 70% of the online search market share, introduced a revolutionary means of revenue for many firms and businesses, and become a daily activity instead of simply a website? The phrase “just google it” is the new “Kleenex” or “Xerox.”
What do you think will happen? Will Cuil be able to successfully secure a fraction of the search engine market share?
Created by a team with a successful track record, many founders coming from Google, funded by $30 million – does it have a chance?
According to the Scobleizer:
Is Cuil going to be able to get into the game?
No way, no how.
So, why is Cuil here?
I think it’s a play for Microsoft money. Microsoft needs to get back into the search game, so will continue buying companies to try to get back into the search game. Yahoo, if run by management that’s rational, will probably start doing the same thing.
Yesterday when I first heard about the ambitious new engine I tried it out on phrases related to my website – which I have spent a great deal of time ‘optimizing.’ Much to my dismay my website was absolutely no where to be found. Naturally, this did not make me too happy – especially after my July 16th post: Web Talents’ Own SEO Campaign. I searched for several keywords and key phrases. Overall – I am leery about the new ‘magazine style’ layout and the fact that with many of my searches it returned no results – zero!
In an interview with a technology forecaster, Paul Saffor, and ABC News, Saffo comments on Cuil:
"You don’t get $33 million to compete against Google. That’s a suicide mission. You get $33 million to create a search experience that’s different from Google."
“While all the people involved seem competent and have great resumes, the site itself out-and-out stinks.”
If Cuil is trying to offer a search solution that truly differs from (for the greater good) Google and the other mainstay search engines, good for them – it’s going to be a long road.
It will be interesting to see if only $30 million can change the way the world searches the Internet.