DuckDuckGo Honored As One TIME’s Top Websites Of 2011; Google+ & Quora, Too

duckduckgo-logoDuckDuckGo, 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.

It doesn’t involve e-mail, maps, real-time results or social networking. It’s just a simple, straightforward search engine that’s reminiscent of early Google, with a no-nonsense privacy policy (it will not store any information that could tie you to your searches). Best of all, the results are dependably relevant and devoid of spam.

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.”

Related Topics: Channel: Social | DuckDuckGo | Google: Google+ | Quora

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  • http://TheAverageGenius.net JamestheJust

    That is an interesting take, clearly marking public opinion or perhaps will influence public opinion. As a copywriter and web publisher myself, I have to wonder if the future of Google ‘looks bleak’ when I see stories like this. Especially considering the fact that my own traffic comes largely from Google – I have to ask Time, “How much traffic does Duck Duck Go provide?”

    Then again, I just checked my listings in Duck Duck Go and I’m just peachy. Glad to see my sites still rank in both search engines…but really: how much traffic goes through DDG? I have no idea. Maybe the author could provide those details.

    Otherwise, an interesting development!

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