Search engine likes Messianic Jews

Today’s New York Times ran an article about Cuil a new search engine started by a bunch of former Google staffers.

Mr. Costello, a former researcher at Stanford, said that with 120 billion Web pages, Cuil’s search index is larger than any other. The company uses a form of data mining to group Web pages by content, which makes the search engine more efficient, he said. Instead of showing results as short snippets of text and images with links, it displays longer entries and uses more pictures. It also provides tools to help users further refine their queries.

I decided to take Cuil (apparently pronounced “cool”) for a spin in Jew Land and got some interesting results.

When I searched “Judaism,” the page pulled up results with three tags (in addition to “All Results” and “More”): Reform Judaism, Judaism 101, and the all-important Messianic Judaism.

Oops.

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