[kwlug-disc] DuckDuckGo.com -- an alternate search engine

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Mon Jul 26 22:06:39 EDT 2010


Some on this list express concern about Google having a monopoly on search,
and tracking their users for search terms, and much more.

Here is an alternate search engine that explicitly does not track its users.

http://duckduckgo.com/

I have been using it almost exclusively for the last 2 weeks, by changing
FireFox's search box to use it by default.

It is surprisingly good, and in some cases, its results are not as cluttered
as Google's results (e.g. product search pages).

Obviously, it is built using Open Source itself.
http://ostatic.com/blog/duckduckgo-a-new-search-engine-built-from-open-source

Check why they are different
http://duckduckgo.com/about.html

What is missing? Basic search works well, and the links on the top of the
search results are very helpful (so called Zero Click).

But sometimes I search Google for something, then check the results quickly,
then realize that it is better to search Google News or Google Images. The
tabs that Google has on the top are very useful in that case. Although
DuckDuckGo has similar news, images, ...etc. search, they are not as useful
as Google's.

Maybe over time they will improve, and competition is always good for the
consumers.

Shows that there is always room for innovation ...
-- 
Khalid M. Baheyeldin
2bits.com, Inc.
http://2bits.com
Drupal optimization, development, customization and consulting.
Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability. --  Edsger W.Dijkstra
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. --   Leonardo da Vinci
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