In the last week or two, I have been trying out search engines other than Google (yes, Google is not the only search engine). The two I am most impressed with are DuckDuckGo and Blekko, DuckDuckGo is so good that it has knocked Google off it’s place as my default search engine.
DDG (DuckDuckGo) is great for a number of reasons:
- DDG doesn’t track your searches (Google does)
- Uses a cool !bang syntax to make searching faster (example: ‘!w linux’ will take you directly to the Wikipedia page for linux, hundreds of !bang shortcuts are available for many popular sites and topics)
- Almost as good search results as Google, there have only been a tiny handful of searches that havent been very good
- Fast and minimal
- The API is open source
Blekko is also very cool, it uses a neat concept where users search using slashes which are designed to give more relevant results. Blekko is also nice and fast and the search results are very good.
I encourage everyone to give these search engines a go, you might just be surprised at what you find.