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Google Park Well! DuckDuckGo is Here

Saturday, July 4, 2015

 If you are always the type searching through google for some information, you would have noticed how adverts gets to stick to things you searched for via google whenever you visit a website with a Google hosted ads.
 For example, try searching for a content on Jumia or Konga via Google, and see how the product you searched for stick to your visited websites like its a family curse.

What is DuckDuckGo?
 DuckDuckGo (DDG) is an Internet search engine that emphasizes protecting searchers' privacy and avoiding the filter bubble of personalized search results.
  In a simple language, DuckDuckGo is the search engine that doesn't track you.

While its main draw is privacy, DuckDuckGo has a way of delivering focused search result other than suggested results that isn't in relation with what one need.

Another killer feature it offers is Bangs.
Bangs are simply exclamation points ahead of site tags, which redirects you to that page.
Here’s an example: you want to search Twitter for tweets on DuckDuckGo. To get the best results, you’d head to your profile’s home page, find your way to the search function (top right!), and type your query.
With DuckDuckGo, you simply enter “!twitter DuckDuckGo” (not case sensitive, and you don’t need parentheses), and it would redirect you right to the internal search page.

The same goes for tons of other sites like Amazon, Wikipedia, YouTube — and yes, even Google.
That’s the brilliance of bangs; you can search just about anywhere from DuckDuckGo. It only gets easier when you add the extension for Safari or Chrome, too.
And because there are more searchable sites on the Internet than you can likely keep track of, DuckDuckGo recently made a change to its search bar. Now when you enter a bang, a list of popular bangs shows up, and you’ll have quick access to the full list.
Other search engines will let you perform a concentrated search using the “site:” tag (“site: duckduckgo”, for instance), but it opens up in the search engine. Bangs take you directly to the site you want to find results on.

Hidden history

DuckDuckGo also hits really close to home for all of us by not tracking search history. Here’s a scenario; you search for something benign, like ‘cars.’ When you click on a website, your current search engine may tell the site that you searched for cars and landed on its page.
That can be useful for a variety of reasons, but it’s typically a monetization strategy. Sites know where you visit after you search for ‘cars’ and return ads concentrated to your likes. DuckDuckGo uses the same kind of model, but doesn’t return personalized ads.
If you search for ‘cars’ in Google and clicked on the Scion page, you may see ads specific to Scion next time you did a search for ‘cars.’ DuckDuckGo has ads, but in its eyes — cars means cars. The site uses a syndication model that keeps your info private, but still allows for it to monetize.
The downside to DuckDuckGo is that’s it’s not quite as intuitive as Google when it comes to news; search Google for a topic and it feeds you newsworthy articles on your query. That’s easily circumvented with a “!g” though, which takes you straight to Google search results.

While DuckDuckGo is definitely one of the more private search engines around, concentrated search and privacy really have me loving it.
I think once you give DuckDuckGo a shot (if you’re not already), you’ll enjoy them, too.

Visit today.

*Some might wonder why i used the word 'Park Well', It literally means 'Park Properly and Give way to others'

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