Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th May 2014 10:58 UTC, submitted by sb56637
Internet & Networking

The competition between Google and DuckDuckGo proved to be surprisingly fierce. In many respects the tiny DuckDuckGo holds its own against the giant that is Google, and even more so if the user is willing to slightly manipulate the search query to work around DuckDuckGo's temperamental intelligence layer. So it is heartening to see that DuckDuckGo is a viable alternative to Google by its own merits. But the elephant in the room here is Google's extensive tracking of user data. For that reason many users will staunchly avoid it on moral grounds, and for them the natural recourse is DuckDuckGo. Fortunately for them, it's a really great choice. In my case, privacy is not a primary concern. But having a top-notch search engine is. That's why I set DuckDuckGo as my browser's default search engine, and here's hoping it stays there for a long time.

I tried the 'new' DDG as well since it came out, setting it as my default search engine. Sadly, my experience wasn't as positive - it simply didn't find the things I was looking for about 80% of the time. Within a few days, I got into the habit of simply adding !g to every search query to go straight to Google anyway since that gave me the results I was looking for.

DDG's interface and presentation are far superior to Google's, but in the end, it's the results that matter, and not the coat of paint they're covered in. I do agree with the author's note about Google always - infuriatingly always - leading with YouTube video results on every damn query. So annoying.

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DDG results
by jessesmith on Thu 29th May 2014 12:21 UTC
jessesmith
Member since:
2010-03-11

I often hear people complain about the DDG search results and, having used DDG for a few years now, it makes me wonder. My results are usually the same or better under DDG, which makes me curious as to what other people are searching for that up to 80% of the time they cannot find what they want. I wonder if my interests are so very different that I get what I want from DDG 99% of the time as opposed to other people's 20%? Or do I perform queries differently?

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RE: DDG results
by Flatland_Spider on Thu 29th May 2014 14:59 in reply to "DDG results"
Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

I think it's the difference between search results, results returned based on meeting the criteria of the input without any prior knowledge, and "search results", guesses of the users intent based on data points that have been collected.

I like DDG, and I use it as my default search engine. It makes no assumptions about what I would be searching for, and that is really handy since my searches aren't necessarily related to each other.

I still use Google when I'm not finding what I need on DDG, but those times are very rare.

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RE[2]: DDG results
by Jbso on Thu 29th May 2014 15:53 in reply to "RE: DDG results"
Jbso Member since:
2013-01-05

I primarily use DDG when my Google history is screwing up my current results. At the same time, I often find those history-based results to be helpful, particularly if I'm having a difficult time figuring how to best phrase a search.

I'd guess the general public has this problem a lot, making Google Guesses quite valuable to them.

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RE: DDG results
by Kivada on Sat 31st May 2014 00:02 in reply to "DDG results"
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

For most things I find DDG to be acceptable. But stuff like model numbers or tracking down info on various comp problems usually return useless results where Google will give me what I want somewhere in the top 20 results(I disable instant and have it return 100 results per page).

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