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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DDG sucks
by twitterfire on Fri 24th Jun 2011 19:18 UTC
twitterfire
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2008-09-11

I know DDG for at least 1 year. I tested it for a few days. While for some search terms it was relevant, for the most it was way less relevant than Google.

For me, the most important aspect of a search engine is being relevant. Not being simple or being small, or not being Google.

Right now, I find Google to be the most relevant, followed by Bing/Yahoo.

DDG isn't even a search engine. It's a search engine aggregator, a metacrawler. It internally uses Google and other search engines to find the results. While this might be ok, not having good algorithms for filtering and returning the results based on relevance, is not ok at all.

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