I’ve not been so impressed by a search engine since Google hit the waves.
What is particularly impressive is the usability. And the category explorer that so far seems to be mostly spot on and very useful. I find myself going to it more than the search results, it doubles as a kind of mimetic thesaurus.
I have seen it get confused.
It does seem to be suffering from its sudden popularity.
I agree with almost all the criticism of it, especially the lack or low ranking of Wikipedia entries.
Despite its nice UI/UX, in the end, the true user experience depends on its usefulness. Does it function as a good search engine?…. and to that my answer is an emphatic ‘almost’.
I’m not going to switch from Google but its the best usurper I’ve seen yet.
Ive started using Cuil as a research tool, not for its search results, but for the “Explore By Category” box. When its correct, its associations are educational. Almost a Wikipedia entry generator.
Mostly its correct or humorous, sometimes both. eg. Mark Pesce is listed under “Psychedelic Advocates And Proponents” and “Psychedelic Researchers” the rest are spot on.