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: Nice job
by Radio on Wed 21st May 2014 10:47 UTC in reply to "Nice job"
Radio
Member since:
2009-06-20

Meh.
http://www.alexanderhanff.com/duckduckgone

You're better off using https://www.startpage.com/ or https://www.ixquick.com/. DDG is a pure marketing phenomenon. It will die as soon as it will attract attention: either because the other, actual search engine they rely on (Bing and Yandex) will make them pay or will block them, or because

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RE[2]: Nice job
by Radio on Wed 21st May 2014 12:09 in reply to "RE: Nice job"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

[Sorry, bad manip & timeout to edit] or because the result will begin to be gamed by websites (SEO is a whole business targeted at skewing Google results, and Google spends a fair share of its time fighting it. If any search engine dethrones Google, they'll be targeted -"poisoned"- the same way).

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RE[2]: Nice job
by Soulbender on Wed 21st May 2014 15:01 in reply to "RE: Nice job"
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2005-08-18

either because the other, actual search engine they rely on (Bing and Yandex) will make them pay or will block them


So the solution is to use another site that also uses 3rd party search engines? Yeah, ok. How about no?

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RE[2]: Nice job
by Wondercool on Wed 21st May 2014 16:12 in reply to "RE: Nice job"
Wondercool Member since:
2005-07-08

If you read the whole episode, you will see a link to the DDG forums, with a response by the owner of DDG

https://duck.co/forum/thread/1807/we-have-to-talk-about-ddgs-honesty

The gist of it that it was a bug, no malicious intend.
DDG can't help it if the US government is asking for a trace or wants to eavesdrop, DDG is obliged by US law to comply.

Of course, if you send data to *any* person/company/organisation, you are not guaranteed that your data is not maliciously used, no matter what they say.

Personally, I have no reason to doubt DDG at the moment, while I doubt Google much more.
I think the major good thing about DDG is that they don't give the search queries to the advertiser. That is what it is all about.

And I think the shortcuts and layout are really, really nice compared to Google, Yahoo or Bing

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