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?
I use DDG most of the time, but still use Google when DDG fails to find what I need. And in those cases Google usually does find it. Just a pattern I noticed. Since DDG can pass searches to other engines, you can use your browser search bar without changing the default. Just pass !g bang in the search string if needed.
Edited 2014-02-20 16:54 UTC