Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Jun 2011 09:33 UTC
Internet & Networking Remember when Altavista was the search engine? Or Yahoo? They stuffed their search pages with useless, distracting crap, and using them became unpleasant. And then, bam, along came Google, with a simple, clear search page and uncluttered search results. However, now that Google has become this massive behemoth, tracking our every move, and tailoring our search results, leading to only being fed those pages you agree with - isn't it time for something new? Something simple? It might be, and you've undoubtedly heard of them: DuckDuckGo. I'm switching. Update: Just got an email from Gabriel Weinberg, the guy behind DuckDuckGo. The OSNews !bang (!osnews) is now live!
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Comment by RichterKuato
by RichterKuato on Tue 21st Jun 2011 10:03 UTC
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DuckDuckGo has been around for a while now. Longer than Cuil and Blekko. I remember seeing comments about it on this site in fact.

I think the problem with Google (and Bing) is that they are controlled by a large companies. If DuckDuckGo ever becomes large then we'd basically have another Google (or Bing) on our hands. It's like how Facebook started out really caring about privacy until they had network effects to keep their users inline.

With general purpose search the network effects have to do with the search index, technology, and most importantly data center size. This is why there are only 2 competitive wholesale search engines around. It would take a massive amount of funding and/or time to reach Google's or even Bing's capabilities.

Also, "Switching" a search engine is meaningless. It's not like AT&T vs Verizon vs Sprint. You can use any search engine at any time. You don't have to stick to just one.

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