Cuil is Horrible and Will Never Challenge Google

Cuil Pure Adapt

To the Cuil Management Team:

Earlier this week it was brought to my attention that you launched your new search engine.  With an index of some 120 billion web pages, you claim to be the largest and most relevant search engine around.  So I just took a spin over and executed a few queries.  And I must say – the results are horrible. 

How can a search for “SportsLizard” result in a link to my old blog that was moved over here a year ago?  SportsLizard does happen to be one of the more popular collectibles sites on the web.  Wouldn’t want to actually return the home page or anything…

Then a search for “sports card price guide” showed up in your auto-suggest box but yielded no results!  There are only like 10 legit online sports card price guides, many of which have been around since the dawn of the internet.  Don’t have those in your 120 billion pages huh?  While we’re on the topic:  why does a search for my name not yield this domain?  Umm, this is  At least return the tool over on!

I’ll admit, you impressed me by showing when I searched “Pure Adapt”.  I mean, five minutes ago that wouldn’t have done anything for me, but your results were so bad that I was actually shocked to see some accuracy.  Then again, you do display a totally irrelevant skull next to our name.  Wtf is up with that?

In short – your search engine sucks.  Google is still FAR more relevant for 99.9% of queries.  Stop hating on my company.


Adam McFarland
Co-Owner, Pure Adapt Inc

4 comments on Cuil is Horrible and Will Never Challenge Google

  1. nethy says:

    That’s actually pretty funny. Maybe Pure Adapt should adopt the skull as per Cuil’s suggestion. Nice sort’a evil feel to it.

    {BTW: I searched sports lizard & got the home page}

    To make a cranky post back to school, can I suggest: ‘How did Cuil get all that attention?’ They’re not the 1st SE to launch since G!. Because they’re Google renegades? Do they have an awesome PR company?

  2. Adam McFarland says:

    I have absolutely no idea how they got this much attention. Especially mainstream media attention. Wikia, MyLiveSearch, and others are more intriguing to me. Of course, none still hold a candle to G!

  3. Claire says:

    Do you personally know the guy on to be a tool? Otherwise, I’m wondering why you’re making fun of someone you don’t even know.

  4. Adam McFarland says:

    Umm, the whole tone of the “letter” was sarcastic and not meant to be taken 100% seriously.

    I’ve mentioned him a few other times because I’ve always wondered what it takes for me to outrank him when you Google “Adam McFarland”. He clearly hasn’t updated his site in years, yet continues to outrank me so jokingly I take a shot at him here and there. I am not “making fun” of him or don’t dislike him or anything like that – I’ve never met him so I really can’t say. Seems like a solid guy though.

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