Cuil, a search engine which claims to index three times as many web pages as Google, has launched out of stealth mode.
The site has indexed some 120bn pages to date, roughly three times as many as Google and 10 times that of Microsoft, its founders claim. The site uses technology to arrange search queries by page content, rather than just looking at links and traffic ranking. As searches do not rely on clicks, data and search information is not stored.
The California-based search engine was founded in 2006 and has raised approximately USD33m in funding from two separate rounds, reports Reuters. Costello previously researched search engines while Patterson was the architect of Google’s search index and web ranking team.
Commentators have given Cuil a mixed reception after initial tests, with many claiming it will not be able to match Google’s search dominance.