Cuil homepage
The Cuil homepage
Type of site
Search engine
Available inMultilingual
OwnerCuil, Inc. (archived through Internet Archive)
LaunchedJuly 28, 2008
Current statusDown (September 17, 2010)

Cuil (/ˈkl/ KOOL) was a search engine that organized web pages by content and displayed relatively long entries along with thumbnail pictures for many results. Cuil said it had a larger index than any other search engine, with about 120 billion web pages.[1] It went live on July 28, 2008.[1] Cuil's servers were shut down on September 17, 2010, with later confirmations the service had ended.[2][3][4]

Cuil was managed and developed largely by former employees of Google, Anna Patterson and Russell Power. The CEO, co-founder, and Patterson's husband, Tom Costello, had worked for IBM and others.[5] Cuil's privacy policy,[6] unlike that of other search engines,[7] said it did not store users' search activity or IP addresses.[6]

  1. ^ a b Liedtke, Michael, "Ex-Google engineers debut 'Cuil' way to search", Associated Press, 28 July 2008, retrieved 13 December 2009
  2. ^ Michael Arrington (2010-09-17). "Cuil Goes Down, And We Hear It's Down For Good". TechCrunch.
  3. ^ Devindra, Hardawar (2010-09-17). "Supposed Google-killer Cuil's reign of terror may finally be over". VentureBeat.
  4. ^ "Cuil is Stone Cold – Another 'Google Killer' Bites the Dust". Search Engine Watch. 2010-09-18. Archived from the original on 2010-09-20.
  5. ^ "Search site aims to rival Google". 2008-07-28. Archived from the original on 2021-12-02. Retrieved 2022-10-06.
  6. ^ a b Your privacy, Cuil, Last Modified: July 13, 2009
  7. ^ Liedtke, Michael (December 11, 2007). " will purge search info in hours". The Journal Gazette. Fort Wayne Newspapers. Retrieved 2007-12-11.

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