TechSpot: Interview with DuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg

Many have tried to challenge Google’s dominance of the search market over the past few years, from small startups to big-name players with deep pockets. But perhaps with the exception of Microsoft, which has poured billions into its search efforts, all have failed to gain any significant traction.

A relative newcomer to the search market, DuckDuckGo isn’t shying away from the monumental task, however. In fact, with a simple, straightforward interface and clean results they’ve come up with one of the most appealing Google alternatives to date. Even if they are still far from changing the status quo, their no nonsense approach to privacy and instant answers are worth taking note of.

We had a chance to talk with the site’s creator Gabriel Weinberg a couple of weeks ago. Here’s what he had to say about his four-year-old search engine startup and his competitors.

Read: Interview with DuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg

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But it is still not close to give the best search results within a topic. I usually know what I'm searching for because I need specific information (technical documentation) in my line of work, butr with DuckDuckGo I have hard time getting there.

I like the effort thou.

my main gripe from my first use a minute ago is,
i would like to see URL's in full not chopped off etc..
Also i don't want people guessing what i want.
Its already hard enough to play games with search engines to get what you want.
If i put keywords in then show me pages where the keywords exist.. simple.
I think google was a bit better in my opinion but i have massive scripting
going on for google as it is though.
This is a promising alternative and i'd like to see what they do in the future.
Because i remember when google looked like that lol
Many of you remember the 'old University start up project that we now
know as the bloat machine that is google.

Doesn't DuckDuckGo use backends like Bing to get its results? If so then, it's still forwarding your information on to other search engines.

simplezz said,
Doesn't DuckDuckGo use backends like Bing to get its results? If so then, it's still forwarding your information on to other search engines.

Nope, they use proxy for using other search engines, and im okay with bing anyway, but not with google, never trusted them.

simrat said,
I use DuckDuckGo everyday, a great alternative to google.

I just tried it. The results are almost the same. What's the point? Not being sarcastic. I am genuinely interested why one would bother?

Spirit Dave said,

I just tried it. The results are almost the same. What's the point? Not being sarcastic. I am genuinely interested why one would bother?

Because of no privacy issues, searching on duckduckgo is like searching anonymously, they don't collect your search data or anything.

Rest you can read the interview, he have explained everything.

Because DuckDuckGo doesn't have the privacy issues that Google has, yet this is subjective.

Spirit Dave said,

I just tried it. The results are almost the same. What's the point? Not being sarcastic. I am genuinely interested why one would bother?

For people who are too lazy to read the article, here is a quote from interview which explains the difference:

"By default, if you use DuckDuckGo we're not storing or sharing your personal information when you conduct a search. That's the kind of easy message that we try to stick to."

simrat said,
For people who are too lazy to read the article, here is a quote from interview which explains the difference:

"By default, if you use DuckDuckGo we're not storing or sharing your personal information when you conduct a search. That's the kind of easy message that we try to stick to."

Not lazy. Busy. Very big difference. Sorry, but I don't care about the privacy thing. In fact, I like that when I search for stuff, Google sends me the adverts that matter to me, rather than a bunch of crap I'll never care about. But if people need to hide, I guess this is cool. I'll stick with Google for now

Spirit Dave said,

Not lazy. Busy. Very big difference. Sorry, but I don't care about the privacy thing. In fact, I like that when I search for stuff, Google sends me the adverts that matter to me, rather than a bunch of crap I'll never care about. But if people need to hide, I guess this is cool. I'll stick with Google for now

Privacy and Freedom go hand in hand. It is one thing to tolerate the fact that businesses make money off of your data/web habits without giving you a dime and could potentially use this info against you. However one should always be aware and care (informed).

Spirit Dave said,

Not lazy. Busy. Very big difference. Sorry, but I don't care about the privacy thing. In fact, I like that when I search for stuff, Google sends me the adverts that matter to me, rather than a bunch of crap I'll never care about. But if people need to hide, I guess this is cool. I'll stick with Google for now

WOW you enjoy your adverts buddy lol
and if your too busy to read the article ?
Why not read it instead of commenting and then coming back here to keep making lengthy comments..
You could have just read page 1 of the article in a fraction of the time
it probably too you to type out your replies.
I vote lazy .

Spirit Dave said,

Not lazy. Busy. Very big difference. Sorry, but I don't care about the privacy thing. In fact, I like that when I search for stuff, Google sends me the adverts that matter to me, rather than a bunch of crap I'll never care about. But if people need to hide, I guess this is cool. I'll stick with Google for now

You should be more worried about the search bubble you have created for yourself based on your searches, meaning that Google filters out things that it thinks that your are not interested in. This means that you will miss information because its never shown to you.