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]: Counterpoint
by Straylight on Fri 21st Feb 2014 02:51 UTC in reply to "RE: Counterpoint"
Straylight
Member since:
2006-06-15

I'll have to check out starpage.com, I've also been trying to avoid be tracked online. I agree that DDG's search resorts leave something to be desired but I'm hooked on on the bangers available with DDG. !w, !g, !gi for image searching, it's too convenient. I was just checking startpage's site and looked through their advanced search options and did not see anything, do they have anything similar?

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RE[3]: Counterpoint
by Morgan on Fri 21st Feb 2014 14:32 in reply to "RE[2]: Counterpoint"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Unfortunately, no, they don't have the advanced filtering that DDG has. They do have some fairly decent traditional filter options, though. I don't have to use those often, but when I do it's pretty powerful. Nothing on DDG's, but even when I used bangs on DDG I never quite got the results I wanted or expected.

Maybe I'm just expecting too much from a search engine in the first place. Startpage.com handles my needs well enough for most things though.

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