So I tried Cuil again the other day, after not paying any attention to it since the flurry of publicity around its launch last summer. Remember, one of its selling points was that it indexes more stuff than Google. The results are weird: I tried a search for my grandfather, Robert C. Binkley, who published a few books in the ’30s and has some moderate web presence these days. I got … OPAC records. Pages and pages of them. And nothing else. Google comes up with a range of materials and sites, and you have click through a couple of layers before you get to any library sites. Admittedly Cuil does better with a better-known author, but still — what’s with this? Is Cuil specifically targeting libraries?
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