I’ve been using DuckDuckGo for awhile now and I’ve found some great things about it. Here are 5 reasons why it’s amazing:
- Awesome infobox: This is the tiny box that’s the first thing you see in your search results. It usually links to the wikipedia page if one exists, and provides a one-line summary of your search term. This works surprisingly well sometimes. For instance, I wanted an Emacs function to rename both a buffer and it’s associated file. I badly need this because I write these posts as filename.txt.draft, and then need to rename it to filename.txt so that Blosxom shows it as a post. This is what DDG showed me when I searched for it (above).
- !Bang: This is a great idea, implemented comprehensively. In short, keywords prefixed by a ! are redirected to a specific site. e.g. !w and !hn send your search queries to wikipedia and hnsearch.com respectively.
- Privacy: This is so obvious it ought to be the very first point. They’ve created a couple of nice illustrated explanations on how they don’t Bubble or Track their users.
- They have a chatbot that you can send your search queries to, directly. Add firstname.lastname@example.org and try it out for yourself. Here is what it looks like (pic2 above, until I can figure out Blogger’s attachment quirks)
- Their ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ option is called ‘I’m Feeling Ducky’ 🙂