From Tech Crunch: (I didn’t realize Cuil was still around)
An anonymous tipster wrote to us this morning to tell us that Cuil, the ill-fated â€œGoogle Killer,â€ has unleashed its Twiceler indexing bot on websites across the globe and in the process, has brought many sites down.
â€œI donâ€™t know what spawned it, but when Cuil attempts to index a site, it does so by completely hammering it with traffic,â€ the tipster wrote. â€œSo much, that it completely brings the site down. Weâ€™re 24 hours into this â€œindexâ€ of the site, and Iâ€™ve had to restrict traffic to the site down to 2 packets per second, while discarding the rest, or otherwise it makes the site unusable.â€
The Admin Zone forums are abuzz over Cuilâ€™s overzealous method for indexing. Countless posters on the site have said that their websites have been brought down because of the Twiceler robot and one user said it â€œleeched enormous amounts of bandwidth â€” nearly 2GB this month until it was blocked. It visited nearly 70,000 times!â€