• http://www.tylerherrick.com Tyler Herrick

    I personally can’t stand DuckDuckGo, it makes me think “Why use a graphing calculator when you can use an abacus!” Well yeah, sure it works, but why would I switch from results that are relevant to me, to being non-relevant to me?

  • Matt McGee

    If you don’t like it, you don’t use it – pretty simple. I’m actually about 4 days in to testing it as my primary search engine and am relatively pleased with the results. It’s not at all bad for a one-man company. :-)

  • http://www.tylerherrick.com Tyler Herrick

    True, and that’s what I love about the internet; that a different choice is a click away. However in an interconnected world that is clearly moving towards personalization, It’s worth noting that nothing can be equally important to all people. Granted, there are probably tons of opportunities where DuckDuckGo or Bing or even Ask gets it right in certain situations. The general philosophy being though, that I want a service that can sift through the millions of results and give me the most accurate and relevant answer to my query.

    “At Google, relevance is a religion. The Golden Triangle is sacred. Nothing can appear here if it’s not, in Google’s judgment, absolutely relevant to the user. Both Yahoo and Microsoft said similar things, but in each case, the importance of relevance was always counterbalanced with other factors. At Google, relevance is the only thing that mattered. Everything else took a backseat to it.” (via http://searchengineland.com/the-user-experience-interviews-recap-search-strategies-compared-10527)

    I think it’s great that we can have both sides of the privacy spectrum; I just wonder why someone would choose something inherently not tailored to them. With a simple keystroke in Chrome you can instantly drop your personalization (Ctrl+Shift+N).

  • Matt McGee

    Tyler – I would suggest that someone concerned about Google and privacy is probably not using Chrome in the first place. :-)

  • http://webdesy.com/ Kenneth von Rauch

    I really think that Google needs a strong competitor. I’m getting sick how they do business. Gonna use Duckduckgo as my default search engine :)

  • http://twitter.com/chrisgreen87 Chris Green

    Having finished Pariser’s book recently I would recommend that those interested in the filter bubble debate have a read. Duckduckgo do present an alternative of sorts, however it is still small steps at this stage.

  • http://www.cigarea.com/ sarrah miller

    I personally use AOL

    I am very disappointed in google for about 3-4 months.