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 and languages
by wazoox on Thu 29th May 2014 15:33 UTC
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DDG works generally well for many english language searches. However results in other languages are very poor compared to the big G. Similarly, searches on a couple of letters (compare searches on "nx" for example) are much better on google.

Edited 2014-05-29 15:34 UTC

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RE: DDG and languages
by Jbso on Thu 29th May 2014 15:55 in reply to "DDG and languages"
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Indeed, the article looks at Yandex and trying Yandex in English is a good way to get a sense of what it's like to use DDG or Bing in Russian.

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RE[2]: DDG and languages
by ddc_ on Fri 30th May 2014 00:16 in reply to "RE: DDG and languages"
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Apparently DDG was useless for searchs in Russian for quite some time, but lately it became more or less on par, mostly because it assigns more weight to Yandex results and ammends them with those from Google. Last time I compared, all three gave comparable results with no clear winner.

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