what I was looking for.
So what's Cuil like in comparison? (here I assume you lack the skill-sets to test a search engine yourself) Well it's exactly the same as every other non-Google search engine you've used, except the font's a little smaller. Also there's columns. Admittedly columns are a good idea, but not exactly a "Manhattan Project" scale breakthrough, or even a "quilted toilet paper" scale breakthrough.
More importantly, it turns out Cuil isn't actually that good at searching yet. Try typing "wiki burgess meredith" into both Google
for example (if you haven't already). This is pretty routine for Google, but Cuil doesn't find anything even remotely useful. Hilariously, the first link it does find is for a Chinese wiki page for Rocky V with the following pull quote "Her character was shown to have ended up as Rocky predicted she would: a whore..."
There are reasons to be hopeful for Cuil however. With it's stranglehold over the search market, Google can get away with some pretty iffy decisions. They've admitted to
storing our individual search logs basically indefinitely
, and only agreed to anonymize them at 18 months after much protest. These logs ostensibly are used to help them improve their software, but the thought of one company knowing so much about me and