Yes, it has been bad. It is possibly the greatest 1-day reversal of fortunes in the history of the Internet. Monday started off as a monumental day for Cuil with over 7.4 trillion articles and blog posts written about its launch. Before Monday ended, it was reviewed by another 471 billion blogs and given a fail rating by all but 11 or so.
If you haven’t heard about it, you didn’t turn on your computer Monday. Sadly, that would make you one of the lucky ones. If you haven’t tried it, it’s worth a shot just so you’ll know that we aren’t just picking on it. It’s that bad. NetworkWorld said it was cold. The New York Times pointed out various problems with Cuil, as did IT Pro, ZDNet, an eWeek.
All of this is wonderfully scathing, but perhaps the truest testamony against the Google challenger-for-a-few-hours was picked up by Techcrunch. Erich Schonfield noted that a search for “Cuil” ON cuil did not list their own website on the first page of results.
The come and they go. It’s the Internet. There are a million failed websites for every one that makes it. This one went from a monumental launch to a monumental failure faster than I thought possible, even by world wide web standards.
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