Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Feb 2014 16:43 UTC
Internet & Networking

When Gabriel Weinberg launched a search engine in 2008, plenty of people thought he was insane. How could DuckDuckGo, a tiny, Philadelphia-based startup, go up against Google? One way, he wagered, was by respecting user privacy. Six years later, we're living in the post-Snowden era, and the idea doesn't seem so crazy.

In fact, DuckDuckGo is exploding.

I wonder what the future holds for DuckDuckGo. Will there be a point where people leave Google Search completely, instead of just casting curious glances at DDG?

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Privacy vs convenience
by WorknMan on Thu 20th Feb 2014 20:16 UTC
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I'm not sure to what degree this would matter for most people. For 98% of things I search for, I really don't care who knows. 'OMFG, Google might actually know I just searched for reviews about a TV I was interested in. Oh, THE HORROR!!!' In some cases, it's actually useful for the search engine to know something about you, such as your geographical location, so it can tailor searches for you in that regard.

For those searches you REALLY want to be private, maybe DDG would come in handy.

Edited 2014-02-20 20:18 UTC

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