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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RE[2]: Privacy vs convenience
by WorknMan on Thu 20th Feb 2014 21:52 UTC in reply to "RE: Privacy vs convenience"
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Bubbling (as they call it when a search engine uses information about the searcher to tailor the results) is not just a concern for the excessively cautious or paranoid. It also has implications for the nature of the searcher's interaction with knowledge and can impede some kinds of work.


True, but in that regard, it's not necessarily a privacy concern. I wouldn't suggest using Google (at least not without a VPN or something) that you wanted to be private. But for most of us, how many searches do we perform that we wouldn't want our own mothers knowing about? Somethings are worth being paranoid about. Others are not.

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