Cuil is Stone Cold - Another 'Google Killer' Bites the Dust

As spotted in the SEW Forums by member sitetruth, Cuil appears to be history. Quoting sitetruth's post from yesterday: "The employees were told at 11 AM today, and the servers shut down at 4 PM PDT."

Former employees also told TechCrunch that this isn't temporary and they weren't paid this week.

Cuil, founded in 2005, launched in July 2008 to much hype, calling itself "the world's biggest search engine." But users didn't seem to care.

Cuil was created by former Google engineers Anna Patterson, Russell Power and Louis Monier, who picked up $33 million in venture capital to launch the search engine. Traffic to the site peaked by September 2008.

No official word yet from the company.

UPDATE: According to TechCrunch: "Cuil was in the final stages of an acquisition as of last Wednesday, and everything was in place except the final signatures. Then the deal fell apart for some reason."

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Danny Goodwin formerly was Associate Editor of Search Engine Watch, where he also covered the latest search marketing and industry news. He joined Incisive Media in October 2007, in charge of copy editing columns that appeared on both Search Engine Watch and ClickZ. Prior to a life in the search industry, he worked in the journalism field, working in numerous newsroom positions, before later working as a freelance copy editor.