Launched: July 28th
Name: Cuil. I believe the name is supposed to be pronounced 'kwill' or 'quill'.
Factoids and Initial Impressions: Founded by ex-Googlers Anna Patterson and Tom Costello. The search results page looks sort of like a typical eCommerce products page, which is not necessarily a bad thing, and the Explore By Category widget is definitely useful:
Life Extentionists was included as a category related to Antiaging, and the very first name listed was da mann, Aubrey de Grey. So, this search engine is, thus far, at least minimally cool.
And the search result URLs are a bit more streamlined:
But, for some reason, the results page seems a bit claustrophobic. Google's results page is so vast and ranging. Perhaps it's as simple as font size. It appears that the intention of the developers was to create a search engine similar in aesthetic and functionality to early Google, with very few distractions, but employing Ajax and all the latest in web-tech. Sort of retro-futuristic.
Thus far, I have not added it to my Firefox browser toolbar. Going to kick it around the cybersphere a little longer and see if the underlying search and indexing algorithms excel when the terms become more convoluted and complex than 'antiaging', as they surely will in the course of a month's cyber meanderings.
Wow. Quick note: I searched John Keats and no results were returned. That is bad news. But, the site is pretty, so we will try it a little longer and see if the quirks are de-quirked.