Duck Duck Go

Thanks to the Arch Linux forums, I learned about the internet search engine Duck Duck Go. I have replaced it as my default search engine at home and at work. I’ve been using it for six months now. It’s been a good experience. Here are some of my favorite features:

Cleaner and better results – The information I’m looking for is often automatically displayed at the top of the page. If it isn’t, it’s usually one of the first few links. In my experience, if Duck Duck Go doesn’t find what I’m looking for, Google doesn’t either.

Automatic new results – There are no “pages”. Instead, the results appear as you scroll.

Privacy – There is better privacy compared to Google. (as far as I know)

Bang commands – “Arch Linux !images” or “tile based game !sourceforge” or “drcouzelis !google” or “Terminator !wiki”. I usually can guess a new bang command without looking it up.

The only thing I don’t like about it is that, compared to Google, the site-search functionality seems a little weak. So instead I usually do something like “drcouzelis site:bbs.archlinux.org !google”.

I haven’t figured out how to use Duck Duck Go as a verb yet. (“Try googling it” vs “Try duckduckgoing it”) Instead, I just say “Try doing an internet search”.

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