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Curse of the Warwick Start-Up

Strangely remiscent of what happened last summer, a Warwick Start-Up has been just about beaten to the post today. LasYou, which claims to present you with a map showing the location of all your friends who have the mobile application installed, will be launching today, as well as Google Latitude, which on the face of it appears to offer the same functionality but on a much broader scale. Interestingly, neither have applications for iPhone or Andriod yet, but I’m sure the Google one isn’t far off (as the TechCrunch article says).

Obviously, I have no idea whether LasYou will be offering the same functionality, of whether theirs will be somewhat more specified and use more contextual information that relates to Warwick campus, which obviously Google wouldn’t have. However, the appeal of a global rather than localised service may be too much for people who are interested in this service. I almost hope that the LasYou team do stick with it, and that they succeed, as I’d like to see a Warwick Start-Up do well in the face of such adversity. Google won’t make it easy for them, though…


Cuil vs Google

I’ve just spent a short while playing with Cuil, the new search engine that’s supposed to be both bigger and better than Google. The main thing they tout is a bigger web page index than Google. This may well be true, but it would appear that the index may contain many more pages which have little relevance, and fewer real pages. For example, searching for ‘imaginary roots’ turns up no pages on Cuil. On Google, you not only get this site, but hundreds and hundreds of maths sites with people talking about complex numbers.Similarly, searching for ‘the sombrero principle’ returned no results.

How can they have not indexed any of these pages? It may be that they have indexed them, but their search algorithm isn’t quite refined enough to fetch those results. As TechCrunch points out, Google has had a lot longer to refine it’s searching algorithm, and credit should be given to Cuil for being really very good for one that is only a few hours old. And it does have some nice features such as the related categories – but is this not something Google could build very rapidly, and make a very good job of? Probably. Whether they want to or not is another matter.