Cuil’s Hockey-Stick Decline

The new Cuil search engine, which was the beneficiary of a lot of buzz just two weeks ago, is not yet showing evidence of viral growth, according to new stats from Hitwise tracking service. Quite the contrary.

In fact, in the last few days Cuil has only ranked 34th among all search engines surveyed. 

Admittedly, it’s very early, too early to dismiss them (StartupMeme.com says “Cuil made a fool of itself“).  

Cuil has a cushion of VC funding to pursue the long slog. 

But they’ll never get better press and more media attention than they did over the last 10 days, and despite that I’d venture to say that Cuil’s carving its way into the wrong end of a “long tail.” 

Hey, folks at Cuil: you’re holding the hockey stick the wrong way!

 


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3 Responses

  1. It’s hard to imagine Cuil doing anything but incremental changes to what Google’s done. And even that would take years of effort. Now they’re just going to have to dig to get out of the social hole they got themselves in.

    Me.dium.com has taken a different tack. We have a full web index, but we change the results based on the surfing activity of our user base (now over 2,000,000). It’s in alpha, but I’d be curious to hear your thoughts. http://me.dium.com/search

  2. I waited until the early media hoopla was out of the way. Still not impressed. But…

    They are young so I’ll check back on them. But they need to improve…

    http://pressreleaseprblog.com/2008/08/06/what-new-search-engine-cuil-could-have-done-better-from-a-pr-point-of-view/

  3. Hi Jennifer – thanks for the pointer, I will definitely check out your engine.

    Hi Danny – agree on all points!

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