DuckDuckGo Has Biggest Day Ever In 2014 With More Than 4 Million Queries On January 7th

duckduckgo-logoThe Guardian reported yesterday DuckDuckGo, the search engine that keeps user searches private, is now up to four million queries per day, with over a billion queries performed on the anonymous search engine during 2013.

Prior to the PRISM scandal that revealed the NSA was regularly tracking searches on major search engines, DuckDuckGo averaged approximately 1.5 million queries a day says the Guardian. “In the weeks and months following the Guardian’s publication of the NSA files, the number of [DuckDuckGo] users more than doubled,” writes Guardian reporter Alex Hern.

The Guardian claims DuckDuckGo’s activity has continued to increase, with a record 4,452,957 searches performed on January 7 of this year, DuckDuckGo’s “biggest” day so far.

DuckDuckGo sets itself apart from the more popular search engines like Google by making all searches performed on its site private, not tracking searches or collecting IP addresses. Even with its considerable jump in queries during the past year, DuckDuckGo still doesn’t come close to the one billion searches performed daily on Google.

DuckDuckGo Search stats 2013

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | DuckDuckGo | Legal: Privacy | Stats: Popularity | Stats: Search Behavior | Top News

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  • http://www.brand.com/blog James R. Halloran

    That’s some super smart branding! Hitting Google where they are the weakest — their users’ privacy.

    As long as they don’t eventually allow their investors to take over the site like Google did, they may actually become a strong competitor for Google, Bing and Yahoo.

  • Durant Imboden

    A tiny niche competitor? Maybe. A strong competitor? Not likely. Infrastructure doesn’t grow on trees.

  • Роман

    Promising search engine for Snowden and Assange fans. Do you believe that they’re not in that System?

  • http://WWW.atdny.com/ James Martinez

    Nothing done over the internet will ever be completely anonymous. Hopefully these searchers will smarten up when Google ads pop up on the duckduckgo homepage….

  • http://www.worksmedia.com.au/ John Romaine

    I love this. More diversity in the SE landscape.

  • http://www.privacylover.com Frank Merlott

    Only somebody crazy would sell his family to Google.

  • http://SEARCH.lol/ David Neville

    And duck duck go is different? They are the same architecture with the same vulnerabilities; sooner or later if not already. A search engine to even approach privacy has to have a different architecture, where you search by asking your friends as in real life. Looking for help revolutionizing search.

  • Edwin Eisen

    I like the idea and will watch but they have a long way to go. I am not sure they can get into the big three.

  • http://www.dpom.co.uk/ Brett Dixon

    Nice idea…terrible search engine though. I’d rather use Google and find what I want fast…

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