Introducing DuckDuckGo

What is DuckDuckGo?


Which search engine do you use? The majority of people use Google — and after that come search engines such as Bing and Yahoo!.
There are many who think that in order to use these services, you can’t help but being tracked, and there are even those who don’t know what tracking is. Tracking is using information such as browsing history for purposes such as displaying advertisements. However, there has been a search engine which does not track its users since 2009. This is DuckDuckGo.

While DuckDuckGo still isn’t all that well known, their daily searches are steadily increasing. The reason is they are a little different from other services.



No tracking. No ads.


Since there are no ads, they do not collect any personal information. While some people don’t really mind their information being used for advertisements, there are some people who go as far as to avoid using services they would otherwise like to use altogether in order to avoid it.


Filter by area and time

You can choose to see the results for certain countries just by selecting it; there is no need to use a proxy. If you want to see the latest news, you can select to only display items that have been updated within the last 24 hours, or any other amount of time.


!(Bangs) are convenient


You can search specific sites directly from the search engine by using bangs.
While there are many more sites available, I will list a few below.

!ajp Amazon jp
!wjp Wikipedia jp
!rakuten Rakuten
!tw Twitter
!fb Facebook
!ig Instagram
!qiita Qiita

One you get used to it, this is a very useful feature unique to DuckDuckGo. If you enter,「!ajp kotatsu」you will be taken to the search results page for 「kotatsu」 on amazon jp. If you enter「!msdn malloc」 you will be taken to the search results page for malloc on the MSDN documentation. You are able to search many different sites from a single location. Also, if a site you want to search doesn’t have a bang yet, you can easily register one yourself.

There are plently of features


DucDuckGo’s conversions are really easy to use. For example, if you search 「dollar yen」, you will get a result like 「1 USD = 117.91 JPY」.

Depending on the item you search, videos will automatically appear in the results.

Of course, google also has this feature, but there is much more than just videos that can appear.
While it is a small feature, I appreciated the fact that the sites favicon also appeared in the results.



Many features are still unusable in Japanese (and likely other languages with unicode characters)


While there are many other features not yet mentioned, they are unusable in Japanese.
While you can ask 「is it raining in Tokyo?」in English and get an answer, asking the same thing in Japanese「今、東京で雨が降ってるの?」 yields no such result. It is still unclear when these features will be usable in Japanese.



Even if one is unable to use English, I still feel that this search engine is entirely usable. When wanting to use
a feature, all one needs to do is enter it in English, or at least English characters, and their experience will improve slightly. However, even without being able to use these features, it is still a pretty strong search engine.