Cuil referrer info (just because you like it)

Posted by joy

Because of the hoopla around cuil today, I thought I’d take a peek at this newest search engine’s referrers.

Cuil crawler info. I know I’ve been seeing this bot for the past year or so. Cuil’s crawler is apparently called twiceler (is that a pun?) and the user agent string uses which 302 redirects to the domain. As of this writing, the
cuil Webmaster info URL
has been updated from what is in the bot’s user agent string.




Http Code: 200 Date: Jul 28 15:02:12 Http Version: HTTP/1.0 Size in Bytes: 68965

Referer: -

Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Twiceler-0.9

As for cuil visitor referrer info, here you go…

[Visitor’s IP Address]



Http Code: 200 Date: Jul 28 17:31:24 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 17773


Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10.4; en-US; rv: Gecko/2008070206 Firefox/3.0.1

If you happen to see a “&sl=long” appended after the referrer i.e. (, it indicates that the visitor was using the two column layout. If cuil ever gets significant marketshare, you can bet there will be SEO’s stressing about how their sites show in the two column vs. three column layout.

Otherwise, a cuil visitor presents in your visitor logs pretty much as any other visitor from the big search engines. The IP address belongs to the user (not a proxy like and so does the user agent.

As for my thoughts about cuil, I am not impressed with the image thumbnails with the search results, as nearly all I have seen so far have been wildly inappropriate for the results. As for information volume, I haven’t done a statistical survey, but google still presents a volume of results as opposed to cuil.

3 Responses to “Cuil referrer info (just because you like it)”

  1. Joshua Auriemma Says:

    My thoughts on cuil were pretty nicely summed up by another digger.

    “If only their coders were as good as their PR people.”

  2. devnet Says:

    It’s a horrible search engine.

    Do a search for “St. Louis”

    Nice results :|

  3. krystle Says:

    I searched for my site, and alas, cuil could not find it! Well, it returns 3 urls that links to some post at forums I made in the past, and another one with site totally unrelevant. I have more luck with though. I’m not impressed, and I’d rather stick with Google.

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