DuckDuckGo is a search engine. Like Google Search, you just throw some keywords into a box and get a list of results. Lots of people use Google, but I don’t. DuckDuckGo works better for me, and this is why.
Did you know that Google will give you different search results, based on who you are and what you have searched for in the past? This is called a filter bubble, and it’s annoying and dangerous. DuckDuckGo doesn’t put you in a filter bubble.
Oh, man do I love the tools DuckDuckGo gives software developers. Here are just a few.
Perform special operations by putting the appropriate !-sequence at the beginning of your search.
!ytSearch YouTube (“!yt glitter bomb package”)
!mdnSearch Mozilla Developer Network
!unsplashSearch Unsplash photos
!imgSearch Google images—proxied for you so you can keep your privacy
!ldssSearch LDS Scriptures (just found this one 🤯
There are thousands. Literally.
For a full list of instant answers, see here.
For a full list of Bang-directives, see here.
It’s incredible. It’s simple. Perhaps best of all, ad-free! Well, they do display ads based on your search term for just that search. They don’t track you. The ads are not customized to you, rather they are customized to your search. They’re not intrusive either. I forgot they were there until I was typing this. 😄
But seriously. DuckDuckGo is amazing. Give it a try.
You can even enable it as your default search engine on iOS. Go to Settings > Safari > Search Engine and select DuckDuckGo. You can set it as well in Safari on desktop, as well as Firefox. (I don’t use Chrome or Edge, though I imagine they’d let you do the same. Comment below if you find anything out.tags: technology - tools