Posted By Rich Miller On July 28, 2008 @ 7:23 am In Downtime | Comments Disabled
The hot link of the morning in the blogosphere is Cuil , a search engine developed by Google alumni that launched last night. Shortly after launch, the site was offline . “Due to overwhelming interest, our Cuil servers are running a bit hot right now. The search engine is momentarily unavailable as we add more capacity.” They were back up before long. The new search engine is hosted at Layer 42 , a colocation provider in Santa Clara.
The launch-then-crash pattern has become common for hot startups, which are quickly hit by the TechCrunch Effect . Perhaps it’s become a badge of honor (“We’re so hot we crashed the server!”) or sites are deciding not to optimize their scalability for the first 15 minutes of a post-launch blogstorm. The brief outage doesn’t seem to have slowed interest in Cuil (pronounced “cool”).
A bigger challenge may be Cuil’s search relevancy, which doesn’t appear likely to alter the current search engine status quo. The results from a Cuil search on our favorite term (data center ) are not very relevant. The first page of results is dominated by information sites about astronomy, earthquakes and weather, with a couple of colo providers near the bottom. Check out other opinions at GigaOm , TechCrunch  and especially Danny Sullivan’s take at Search Engine Land .
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URLs in this post:
 Cuil: http://www.cuil.com
 was offline: http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/07/28/andcuil-is-down/
 Layer 42: http://www.layer42.com/
 TechCrunch Effect: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/Feb/27/blog_traffic_crashes_site_launches.html
 data center: http://www.cuil.com/search?q=data%20center&sl=long
 GigaOm: http://gigaom.com/2008/07/27/cuil/
 TechCrunch: http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/07/27/cuill-launches-a-massive-search-engine/
 Search Engine Land: http://searchengineland.com/080728-000100.php
 Rich Miller: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/author/richm/
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