The Second Draft

By Ashton Wiersdorf

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15 January 2019

DuckDuckGo

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.

The Duck

Consistent Results

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.

Goodies and Tools

Oh, man do I love the tools DuckDuckGo gives software developers. Here are just a few.

Software Development

Emacs cheat sheet (expands to show more keystrokes)

Entertainment

Bangs

Perform special operations by putting the appropriate !-sequence at the beginning of your search.

There are thousands. Literally.

Misc.

Searching the weather

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