Who uses DuckDuckGo

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by Dekema2, Dec 6, 2014.

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Do you use DDG?

  1. Yes

    29 vote(s)
    63.0%
  2. Am thinking about it

    4 vote(s)
    8.7%
  3. Am not thinking about it

    2 vote(s)
    4.3%
  4. No

    11 vote(s)
    23.9%
  1. Dekema2 macrumors 6502a

    Dekema2

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    #1
    A couple days ago I made the switch to DDG from Google and I don't notice a difference other than the fact that DDG looks nicer IMO and is private. So who is/has made the switch? I did for both my phone and MBP.
     
  2. CrickettGrrrl macrumors 6502a

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    #2
    I've been using it for over a year on my Mac, also have it on my iPad. It's really improved a lot since I first began using it. Have switched all the computers in the house over to DuckDuckGo. And I agree, the interface is very nice.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    #3
    Never even heard of them. I may give them a shot, but to be honest, it seems like an awful name, and a bit more awkward to type it.
     
  4. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816

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    #4
    I use the the Lite version (no Javascript) routinely. It is the default on my PowerBook's browsers because it renders very fast and cleanly in Dillo, Netsurf, and Elinks. I like it enough to use it on my MBP and T60 too, though I use Startpage if I can't find what I need with DDG.

    My only complaint is that it's not very good about showing discussion forum results. Sometimes that is the best way to find a solution to a problem and Google is still the best at it.
     
  5. SandboxGeneral Moderator

    SandboxGeneral

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    I've been using DDG for a few months now and like it a lot. I switched to it on my iOS devices, Mac's and Windows PC's.
     
  6. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    #6
    Never heard of it. Google is good enough for me.
     
  7. ianj1972 macrumors member

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    It's not that it's 'better' than google, it's that they don't record and track your searches. If you don't care, might as well stick with Google.
    You can use 'bangs' with DDG to direct searches to other engines, e.g !g for Google or !gm for Google maps etc.
     
  8. roadbloc macrumors G3

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  9. Southern Dad macrumors 65816

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    #9
    Until this thread, I had never heard of DuckDuckGo, but based upon the recommendations I'm going to check it out.
     
  10. Dekema2 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    #10
    Okay just to follow up on how my week using it has gone, it works great. However, there are some things I would like to see added at some point to make it more useable to my tastes, and they aren't necessary but it would prevent me from making the trip to Googlevil:

    • It would be nice if they showed more news results, and for the news results they do show it would be nice if they showed recent news with timestamps
    • I'd like to see sports scores and standings, but once again you can just go into Yahoo! Sports and get those
    • If they can find more ways to distance themselves from the "search engine" look that Googlevil, Bing and Yahoo! use they'd be unique

    And that's about it. The scrolling without having to click "next page" is really neat, suggested meaning and pages are also cool as well.
     
  11. kazmac macrumors 601

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    #11
    I do. Google has the best search engine, but I would like to retain control over my browsing habits.
     
  12. PowerBook-G5, Dec 11, 2014
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    PowerBook-G5 macrumors 65816

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    #12
    I don't really mean to bump this, but I just switched over today after finally getting too annoyed at Google's search-saving.

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    I'm not even signed into my Google account or anything and it saves them (I've known about this for a while, but just haven't wanted to go to Bing or Yahoo). I also have gone and updated the "Advanced Settings", but Google just wants to revert them back (I wonder why??? :rolleyes: ).

    DuckDuckGo seems to be an almost perfectly-good alternative for just plain searches, but Google still reigns for images. I also really like the themes that are offered as they make everything look better.
     
  13. decafjava macrumors 68000

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    #13
    You can still use DDG for google searches, just use the "bang" feature - !google plus whatever.
     
  14. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    #14
    I too use DuckDuckGo, which is my default search engine for Safari on iOS/OS X. There are far less ad results compared to Google which is good, and they always have a little 'official site' sticker next to legitimate URLs.

    Objectively I suppose Google is the better engine. However I hate Google's mentality and I'm more than happy to go out of my way to avoid them wherever I can.
     
  15. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    Yes, I too, like the 'official site' label they put on links.
     
  16. Reticuli macrumors regular

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    #16
    Image search is very poor on DDG, often returning no results at all
    For regular search it's been fine though
     
  17. needfx macrumors 68040

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    #17
    it has been suggested to me about 2 years ago, but I never really bothered
     
  18. iososx macrumors 6502a

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    #18
    Sheer coincidence brought myself and Gabriel Weinberg, the CEO & Founder of DuckDuckGo together as we just happened to be in the same Physics class at MIT.

    He's a brilliant guy that founded DDG by himself in 2008. A no frills site originally geared to engineers, mathematicians, computer scientists and the like, it's chock full of extremely valuable resources. Being in the field, I've used it since 2008.

    Now with much broader resources and opened up to mainstream users it has lots of useable features that return highly relevant results. A different type and class of search engine when compared to Google, many people are now adopting it as an invaluable resource.


    https://duckduckgo.com/
     
  19. SandboxGeneral Moderator

    SandboxGeneral

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    True, image searching isn't quite as good as Google, but, for my needs, it has been working out well.
     
  20. LizKat macrumors 68040

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    #20
    I use DDG, like it, switched my default to it on everything. Too lazy to locate bookmarks for stuff that I haven't stashed in the menubar so I hit them up fairly often.
     
  21. JamesMike macrumors demi-god

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    #21
    I use it about 50% of the time and the other 50%, Google.
     
  22. D.T. macrumors 603

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    #22
    Neat :)
     
  23. dXTC macrumors 68020

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    #23
    My recent Firefox installations on both Mac and Linux have defaulted to DDG. I think it does an OK job, except maybe for some image searches, upon which I switch over to good ol' Google.
     
  24. kds1 Suspended

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    #24
    I use Bing in the majority, but also DDG. I avoid Google like the plague.
     

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