DuckDuckGo, the one-full-time-employee search engine that has somewhat aggressively challenged Google on privacy issues, picked up a nice pat-on-the-back this week: It made a TIME magazine list of the 50 Best Websites of 2011.
In its short profile, the magazine calls DuckDuckGo “one of the most appealing Google alternatives to date” and has high praise for its search results.
Google’s search engine didn’t make the grade, but its new social network site, Google+, is on TIME’s list. The magazine says that Google+ “feels a lot like Facebook and a little like Twitter” and “the quality of the conversation remains high.”
Quora also made TIME’s list — it’s a “terrific way to find … savvy folk and benefit from their knowledge” — as did Techmeme, which TIME praises as “a little like a tech-only Google News, only a whole lot faster, with a more eclectic list of sources.”