DuckDuckGo has exploded in popularity since the federal government’s surveillance program came to light two years ago. Remember the privacy-minded search engine’s best week ever?
The service has grown 600 percent since then, DuckDuckGo CEO Gabe Weinberg said on CNBC.
And deservedly so.
I switched to it recently. It is just cleaner and simpler than Google has become.
Y’know what I don’t need on a search page? Live results as I type. Y’know what I don’t need? Google Plus integration. I don’t need snooping on. I don’t need overbearing ads and I don’t need my Google search to be a shopping search.
Here’s a great example: type in ‘domino’ to both search engines.
Google returns a giant advert for Dominos Pizza. I have to scroll down over a page and a half to get to the first none-Domino’s Pizza bit of the page. Even against the actual search results, Domino’s Pizza continues its giant ad alongside it consuming half the page width.
DDG returns a list of useful things – a definition for the word, the pizza place, a famous singer with the name, a bunch of songs/albums with it in the name, and 44 other ‘domino’ things in a nice compact scrollable bar. The search results start half way down my screen and are completely un-intruded upon.