There is however on the face of it one area in which Cuil already has the lead over Google, and that is respecting privacy. Compare Cuil’s brief privacy statement with the “Privacy Center” covering Google’s vast portfolio of Web services.
Here’s an example of practical differences: did you know that Google (which you might also be entrusting with your email, your calendars and all sorts of other personal data) keeps logs of your searches for 18 months before anonymizing them? Cuil says: “We do not keep logs of our users’ search activity”.
For this reason alone, Cuil should be supported, provided its current defects can be remedied swiftly. Web users are not patient and whilst Google is far from being the perfect search engine, Cuil is not yet in its league. For the sake of healthy competition and for a Web that does not pander to one search engine, let’s hope Cuil improves soon.
Right: entering “cuil” into Cuil yields results that might suggest a healthy lack of self-obsession. Or it might indicate something else entirely. Your call.
Note: experiments of this nature must never be attempted with Google.