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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by BushLin on Thu 20th Feb 2014 23:52 UTC
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Will there be a point where people leave Google Search completely

I'm there already. Never felt like I'm missing out either.

I'm not actually that bothered about what data Google scrapes from search or it's numerous other data mining exercises... sorry, services; People make a choice to use them, in their droves and most I've spoken to don't seem bothered as it's free and works for them.

What bothers me though, is how just about every major site is hosting what is essentially a web beacon for Google, whether directly by showing adverts, using Google Analytics or even just belligerently feeding them referrers by using hosted scripts... DDG on it's own doesn't solve that.

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by Straylight on Fri 21st Feb 2014 02:53 in reply to "Er..."
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I've also been trying to cut the google cord, but I mist ask how you avoided google mail. I tried several (including lavabit before that got shut down) but couldn't find any that could replace the convenience of gmail. Considering setting up my own server now just to get around the problem...

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by blitze on Fri 21st Feb 2014 08:33 in reply to "RE: Er..."
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You could try or if your Russian is ok then

Been on a 15 year journey with email that started as and ended up being through a couple buy outs but my email service with has been very good. Not quite sure about their privacy but hey, can't be as open as Gmail or Hotmail.

As for searching, Startpage has been my staple for a while. Tried DDG but never was to keen on the results.

I wonder how mined Yandex Search is? I like their maps and navigator apps on Android as an alternative to Google Maps.

As for translation services, not really found a winner there. All lack in correct grammar when it comes to trying your hand at translating. Google seems to have the most to offer but not necessarily that correct and the app version can produce some horror translations. Least their web version seems to allow for alterations and alternatives to results if one has some understanding of prepositions/post-positions of the language they are trying to translate into.

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by Morgan on Fri 21st Feb 2014 15:32 in reply to "RE: Er..."
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I've moved away from Gmail to my own domain hosted at (small shared-hosting service here in the US). I have two domains with them, and two email addresses specific to those sites. All of my personal email activity has been moved from my Gmail account to one of those, and I'm working on moving my subscriptions and other non-personal email correspondence to the other. As it is, right now Gmail just manages a couple of forum logins.

I don't even miss the Gmail-only features like labels and Social/Promotions grouping; I use IMAP folders instead, and I never liked the grouping thing anyway. Now that Google+ has been integrated, I find the entire Gmail web interface practically useless.

If you're going to set up your own server, be prepared for being your own 24/7 sysadmin. If you don't already know Unix or GNU/Linux, you should start learning. It's a major headache to run a personal mail server, but for some people it's worth the trouble. If you're hosting on your own machine at home or colocated, be sure to keep a daily backup, and then back that up off site. If you're going with a hosting solution (I've had good experiences with Digital Ocean) be sure it's one that offers snapshots or backups of your instance.

In short: It's possible to get away from Gmail, you just have to know what you're getting into.

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by woegjiub on Sat 22nd Feb 2014 22:15 in reply to "RE: Er..."
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You should use your own server; it's wonderful.

You can install roundcube/mykolab if you want a neat web interface - otherwise, native clients work well.

There really isn't much to using mailservers at web-hosting companies. I use webfaction, and it was a piece of piss to get everything going.

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