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Published 08/30/2008 and rated Ratingstars2 2 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
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What can you use the app for?

Cuil is one of the most instrumental search engines, objectively devised to cater to the needs of the modern day web searchers. The website indexes massive sum of web pages that help its users in fetching the most relevant information. It uses a methodical approach to address searching needs of the web users comprehensively. The website holds a gigantic database, and exhibits an impressive data processing procedure to deliver the required search results.

With the growing usage of the internet during past decade, the utility of search engines have also grown proportionally. These search engines have undergone some intense modifications since the advent of the first such application, but none of these seem to address the users’ needs to the fullest. Cuil splits the users’ search queries into various categories, thereby assisting them in exploring the subject of their interests broadly. The website remarkably helps in saving time of users by providing them the exact definitions of the search items they are looking for. The application further categorizes the search query into some of the associated preferences, thus helping the user in getting the required information in apparently no time. When the user places the cursor over any of these search preferences, a roll-over definition of the term appears in the snippet bar beneath the cursor, helping them in deciding the relevance of that topic. The application tenders smooth navigation options to its users, by presenting the related search suggestions to them. Owing to such feature-set, the website aims to rest among the prominent search engine players like Google, MSN, Yahoo Search in near future.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

The website was unleashed on 28 July 2008, by a key technology company Cuil. It is said to have the bulkiest web index across the planet. The website promises to address the major shortcomings of the current search engines, by providing the most relevant search results to internet community, through sound analysis of the contents of the web pages. Its usage is still in its nascent stage, and the application is steadily gaining popularity among the users. Tom Costello is the current CEO, and one of the co-founders of the website. Cuil was shut down in September 2010.

What are the differences to other apps?

The search engine market is over flooded with a number of search engines budding across the net. Cuil splits the categories into a range of relevant options, making the search a cake walk for its users. The “roll-over definition” feature is of great use for the searchers, as it helps in removing the ambiguity about any common topic, which has more than one common connotation. After clicking on to a specific search suggestion, the application presents intuitive navigation tabs related with the subject, so as to make the search more refined and targeted. Above all, the website remarkably looks after the privacy concerns of its user, and incorporates well designed privacy policy for the purpose.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The website has a purposive appearance, and its interface is extremely appealing. The homepage boasts of black colored background, with grey letters seem to be embossed over it, the black, blue, and grey combination confers captivating looks to the website. The homepage is very tidy, and it is not cluttered with advertisements or other such stuffs. Further, the website has the conventional white search window with search results appearing in blue. Most of the search results have the respective images linked with them, which renders a pleasant feel to the website by all means. Furthermore, the website is pretty quick to navigate, and usually take few seconds to guide the users through various pages linked to the search results.

How does the registration process work?

Cuil is open to all, and don’t necessitate the user to go through any rigorous registration procedures, to avail the benefits of the website. Users can easily navigate through the website without disclosing their personal details to the website.

What does it cost to use the application?

The website is absolutely free of charge to its users, and doesn’t include any annoying advertisements on its interface. As of now, it is being fuelled by venture capital investments. Madrone Capital Partners, Greylock Partners, and Tugboat ventures- are the major investors of the website.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Cuil is recommended to all, who are constantly involved in search activities on the net. The website offers tailored search results for diverse users, and it saves considerable amount of time by providing user intent based search results.

  • “Explore by Category” feature helps users in carrying out targeted search.
  • The website has categories within the categories, which saves a lot of time of the users.
  • “Roll-over definition” feature provides a prelude to any specific topic.
  • The website has easily negotiable search options to its users.
  • The interface of the website is impressive, user-friendly, and simple.
  • Some of the search prominent suggestions have direct links to the website, which takes the user directly to the required website.

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