During the first IR class Prof. Rao spoke about what we want the web to do. One of the points discussed was Privacy and there was a huge discussion over the importance of Privacy.
I was going through a random list of search engines that currently exist and it was surprising to know that my usage of search engine is limited to Google, Bing and Altavista :( Going through the list I found an interesting article about the long dead search engine Cuil.
Couple of features about the search engine that caught my attention were:
1. Creators were ex-Googlers, IBM, Altavista and was termed as "Google-Killer" ( fancy name!)
2. User Privacy is one of the arenas where Cuil excelled.
I quote directly from one of the articles:
“The one area where Cuil excels is user privacy. Whereas Google stores user-specific searches for up to 18 months, Cuil never stores personally identifiable information or search histories.”
I wonder how genuine this feature is and if true why is Google not adopting it? ( Just a cosmic question.)
3. Interestingly Cuil's demise was one of the fastest amongst startup firms. Why did it happen? Due to the excessive load of users the servers crashed and within hours the company shut down.
I found this interesting and thought of sharing. Here's the link to the article link if interested else ignore :).http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1827331,00.html