Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th May 2014 22:23 UTC
Internet & Networking

Everybody's favourite not-Google search engine - DuckDuckGo - has received a complete redesign and a whole slew of new features.

Today DuckDuckGo is launching a reimagined and redesigned version that focuses on smarter answers and a more refined look. This new version adds often requested features like images, local search, auto-suggest and much more.

Compared to today's Google, it looks incredibly clean, and the new features - for once - do not get in the way of the stuff that was already there. It must be hard to redesign and add new features to a search engine that is more or less known for being the opposite of Google, but I think they have managed to pull it off.

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RE[2]: My take
by Savior on Wed 21st May 2014 08:07 UTC in reply to "RE: My take"
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2006-09-02

I have just tried DDG, and I am not really impressed:

1. "jpype": while the first two results are OK, the third result is completely random (OSX? really?). Google also has a Pypi link* -- well, DDG has, too, just not for this project. ;) Finally, the snippet in the first hit is just boilerplate.

* Of course, trying to install Jpype with pip fails, but that is beside the point.

2. "these creatures have a one-track mind": while the main result is not bad (Wikia page vs. video on Google), the videos are completely unrelated.

To be fair, I experienced the same effect as you: now that I actually pay attention to the results, Google does not seem so great anymore, either. Maybe I should give all these alternative search engines a go.

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RE[3]: My take
by Wondercool on Wed 21st May 2014 16:30 in reply to "RE[2]: My take"
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2005-07-08

I have just tried DDG, and I am not really impressed:

1. "jpype": while the first two results are OK, the third result is completely random (OSX? really?). Google also has a Pypi link* -- well, DDG has, too, just not for this project. ;) Finally, the snippet in the first hit is just boilerplate.


I think this is by 'design': if a lot of people search for jpype and then go to a certain site, this site will go up in the rankings, even if in your eyes it is not important.

The first snippet is indeed a boiler plate. This is also a feature of DDG. I think it was copied by Google. Google nowadays shows the first couple of links to Wikipedia, Dictionaries and country specific sites. This is because 80 percent of people clicked the Wikipedia link. So why not put some 'most used' links on the top? I think the defaults for DDG are much better than Google's.

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