Three top search engines

For people new to using general web search engines this article is good overview of the main players: Google, Bing, and Duckduckgo. Yahoo and Ask are mentioned and dismissed – rightfully so.

Which Search Engine Should You Be Using Today?, Ben Stegner, Make Use Of (Dec 11, 2015)

In reviewing Google, Stegner stresses personalized search and doesn’t describe Google’s increasing strength in working with entities and concepts. However, he does note some points of weakness in Bing compared to Google.

DuckDuckGo – no ads

Not many people write about search engines anymore but when someone does it is often to announce their conversion to DuckDuckGo. And every time I say – yes, I should make switch too. This time “you can turn off the ads” caught my eye – and more and more with Google the first screen of results is made up of ads.

Why This Longtime Google Fan Now Prefers DuckDuckGo, Justin Pot, Make Use Of (Oct 18)

The more I use DuckDuckGo, the more I realize it’s like Twitter: it’s the search engine that gives me what I ask for, instead of tracking my behavior and giving me what it thinks I want. Some people might prefer the track-and-cater-to-whims approach, but I think the give-the-user-what-they-ask-for approach is better.

DuckDuckGo – more instant answers

DuckDuckGo has a newsletter – part of the blog where they announce the new and brilliant features.

DuckDuckGo Adds Instant Answers For Nearby Parking, Online Courses & UV Index Risks, Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (April 7)

One new feature is to find nearby parking to a place. Much to my amazement it had an answer for Roy Thomson Hall Toronto – though only one, not close, and very expensive – but it’s a start.

Will find online courses too – just enter topic + online course; eg., happiness online courses – there are many.

DuckDuckGo and Apple

Only 7% in a survey of 521 people knew about DuckDuckGo. Let’s change that. This is an excellent search engine that is designed to return answers – and on many “knowledge” type questions does as well as Google’s Knowledge Graph or Bing’s Snapshot. And with DuckDuckGo you benefit from its policy of not saving search history. Apple has recognized  its value and has included it in iOS 8, the latest version of the iPhone operating system.

Could DuckDuckGo Overtake Bing? by Eli Schwartz, Search Engine Land.

With more consumer awareness of alternatives like DuckDuckGo, that tipping point might not be too far in the future. If ever this event occurs, it is entirely conceivable that the surge of new users could push DuckDuckGo ahead of Bing. (According to our survey, only 7.7% of respondents used Bing on a daily basis.)

The New DuckDuckGo

In case you haven’t used DuckDuckGo in a while, Barry Schwartz gives a quick summary with screenshots of updates. Mainly,

  • new white look – very popular now
  • more images – might be across the top
  • smarter in search results (I think so)
  • auto-suggest search results

DuckDuckGo Adds Carousel, Auto-Complete, Local Results & More Search Engine Roundtable (May 6)

Dave Johnson at CBS Moneywatch was impressed.

He wrote: “The new DuckDuckGo brings a lot of the search engine’s power to the forefront with a functional and attractive design. Now, searches that yield quick answers — like those for the weather or facts that can be scraped from Wolfram Alpha — are delivered in elegant boxes at the top of the window, very similar to Google’s cards”

DuckDuckGo: A privacy-friendly alternative to Google (May 8)