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Joe Hobot
Joe Hobot

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After decade(s) I am giving DuckDuck a Go as Default Search Engine.

Been seeing lately a lot of good posts about DuckDuckGo(DDG). I used it maybe 10-20 times in past x years but never thought to give it a try as a Default SE. Today I switched all my browsers and Devices to DDG and if I like it I’ll peovabl stick with it.

Major reason for me to switch is the privacy but non the less is to compare it to Google.

What’s your experience with DDG from Dev/Ops experience?

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Peter Benjamin (they/them)

First, I commend you for taking this major step to protecting your privacy. News like this makes you wonder why Google is aggressively chasing personal data.

I've been using DDG for the past 2 years as my default search engine.

My experience with it so far has been nothing short of great. In the duration I have been using DDG as my primary search engine, I have needed to search on Google only 2 times. This is a testament to how great DDG is as a search engine.

Lastly, DDG supports shortcuts, called bangs, for searching other search engines. Example:

  • !g test will search Google for test
  • !gh test will search GitHub for test
  • !a test will search Amazon for test
  • And so on...

More details here: duckduckgo.com/bang

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Matt Miller (he/him)

I love the bangs! There's so many as well so I often try to guess new bangs, like !laravel or 1 of my most common !mdn

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Mandar Vaze

Genuine question : How is using !g test to search Google test (from DDG) different from directly using Google ?

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Peter Benjamin (they/them)

It's not different.

It's just a matter of convenience that you are able to search on other platforms (if you need it) without having to first navigate to other platforms.

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Evaldas Buinauskas

A default browser? πŸ€”

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DarkΓΈ Tasevski

I guess that he meant default search engine :D

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Evaldas Buinauskas

I think so too. πŸ€”

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Joe Hobot Author

Misspoke, search engine :)
Fixing it now.

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Arun

Noting that DuckDuckGo is available as a browser as well on Android. I switched all my devices to DuckDuckGo browser as my first choice and it's been a great experience - especially considering that the team is actively reviewing feature requests and implementing them on Github.

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Tobias SN • Edited on

You won’t be disappointed. DuckDuckGo even integrates with sites like StackOverflow and Mozilla Developer Network to answer your question. It’s also easy to do conversions. For example, β€˜6374 binary' will give you 1100011100110. The quality of the results are also quite good, and in some cases even better than Google.

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hayscout

You should also try Jive Search, since they are open source. The entire platform is open source and duck is moving away from open source since they closed their instant answers to contributions. jivesearch.com

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Tobias SN

Jive Search seams a bit bare at this point.

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Jason C. McDonald • Edited on

Superb! I always get better results than Google, especially on programming results, and the bangs and cheat sheets are incredible. I've been a loyal DDGer for over six years now, and I'm never going back.

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Kevin Morales • Edited on

I don't know when exactly I make the switch to DuckDuckGo, maybe a year ago, but I agree with Peter Benjamin about being a great experience. Of course, you will find weird the first day and miss a few things about how Google shows the results(like Wikipedia cards and other things for information) but after a while, you should see that you do not need Google that much.

I still learning about some useful bang like !gten or !gtes to google translation or !w, !yt! for Wikipedia and Youtube.

I also love some Instant Answers like duckduckgo.com/?q=Sublime+Text+3+C... or duckduckgo.com/?q=vscode+shortcuts... and there is more duck.co/ia

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Stephen Griffiths

I have been using DDG as my primary search in Firefox for around 5 years. I search a lot of dev queries every day, and generally only have to fall back to google (generally using the !g bang) about twice in a week of work.

You get better results in DDG if you re-learn how to do a search query. Google lets you ask very question-like queries but in DDG I find you have to go more oldschool and be very specific about words and "exact phrases".

The only Google service that is really hard to live without is maps. The data of business locations and hours is too good, so I still use !maps quite a lot. YouTube and Translate are not too hard to boycott.

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Matt Miller (he/him)

Many people have mentioned the bangs feature, which I love duckduckgo.com/bang. But I also love how the first search result will show a little preview card of the content, like StackOverflow posts. Handy!

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Joe Hobot Author

Yeah I just noticed that on my phone. and does the tab with [Q/A]

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Mihail Malo

I've tried it very occasionally, but I know it's been significantly improving over the years. As far as I could even myself tell, it's particularly strong at development-related questions. (I wonder why :v)

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Vince Ramces Oliveros

I like to search github repositories, stackoverflow and other R-18 content(I'm 20 yrs old btw, no FBI pls) on DDG. It does give me a strict search if I'm searching for unfamiliar text to search(Thanks DDG for not giving me R-18 at work).

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Deni

Been using DDG for over a year exclusively and had no reason to go back to Google. I switched for no other reason than just trying it out and comparison (and rooting for underdogs is always fun). The search results are seemingly more consistent and at least as accurate and yes, it's better at answering or highlighting answers for dev-related searches.

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Joe Hobot Author

How do you research local things and get maps and hours of operations?

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Deni

Got me there. Got to admit I still use Google Maps on my phone for hours of operation. But again, I'm not trying to quit Google altogether. If I was, I could opt for other map apps and Facebook (for better or for worse) for hours of operation.

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Adrian B.G. • Edited on

I use it as a default search engine on desktop for more then one month, and is better for technical searches sometimes, for snippets and commands.

Often (once a day or so) I have to return to google because some the non-popular searches fails (as in the results quality is weak).

On Mobile I use the Cliqz browser that has DuckDuckGO as default and other privacy features builtin.

Overall its quality is OK, when Google is Excellent. It does its job most of the times.

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Zack Sheppard

I think the news has a lot of us considering the same jump! I just switched my daily driver machine over to Firefox Quantum & DDG from Chrome and Google. Three days in I’m loving it. Thanks for making this thread, learning a bunch of pro-tips I had missed!

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Brian Kephart

It's always worked pretty well for me. Once or twice a month I resort to Google for something when I'm not getting good results.

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Ben Sinclair

I've been using it for a few years (I think?) now. In the early days I used to have to go back to Google for certain results or to more easily choose a time range, but DDG has caught up and overtaken google for that stuff now. It's all good.

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Basile B.

🌚 Friends don't let friends browse without dark mode.

Sorry, it's true.