What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

Nipun Sher (निपुण)

Nipun Sher (निपुण), DDG user since 2011

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DuckDuckGo is awesome. In a lot of ways it is similar to search engines like Google and Bing, but it has quite a few tricks up its sleeves that set it apart from the competition:

Confidentialité et sécurité

This is the biggest USP of DuckDuckGo (henceforth DDG). Unlike other popular search engines, DDG does not collect any personal information.

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

So, by default, it doesn't store any search history, ip addresses, and cookies. Furthermore, for added security, DDG automatically points to the encrypted (HTTPS) versions of websites. Not only that, you can also use DDG with Tor. For more information, please go here: Protection des renseignements personnels

!Bang

This is one of DDG's well-known features. It allows users to search on other websites directly from DDG's search box. For example, I can write "!gmail quora" and it will take me directly to a search for "quora" on my gmail account. Or, I can type "!amazon ps4 controller" and it'll will directly take me to this page: Contrôleur PS4.

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

There are thousands of websites for which !Bang shortcuts are available. If you can't find a !bang shortcut for a website, you can create one on your own. As DDG says, "WARNING: Use of !bangs will forever change the way you search, leaving you with more free time and less frustration." I have found this to be quite true. Once you go !bang, you never go back. For more information, please go here: !Bang

Pages de catégorie

This is one of my favorite features of DDG. Basically, you can call category pages as instant answers within a specific category. It saves time by providing quick, short answers and by giving different, meaningful options related to the search term. For example, when I searched for "pressure", this is what I got in DDG:

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

​Similarly, when I searched for "south park characters", I got this:

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

​Not only does DDG provides immediate answers, the presentation is top-notch as well.

Regional Search

On DDG, users can get region-centric search results by changing the region in the settings. For example, if I search for "Quora" with US as the region, then the search results look like this:

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

​Now, if I change the region to Russia, my search results change accordingly:

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

​So, in one click the results can cater to an audience from a different region. Cool, isn't it?

Ad-free Search

Although, by default, ads are shown in DDG, they can be easily turned off with a click. To do that, just venture into Advanced Settings >> General >> Advertisements and turn them off.

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

​It's great to have control as a user. None of the major search powerhouses provide such a choice to their users. However, I must emphasize that their ads are non-intrusive, relevant, and clean in appearance, so I have no qualms disabling AdBlock on DDG. That's my way of supporting the company.

Customization Galore

DDG allows users to customize the appearance as per their liking. To name a few, users can change the theme, fonts, and colors. This is how the DDG page looks like in the "Terminal" theme, which is like a night mode:

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

​In addition, users can change the language, enable/disable keyboard shortcuts, see favicons for the websites in search results, etc. Best of all, you can anonymously save your settings in the cloud.

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In-site Search

Although Google and Bing both have in-site search, DDG's implementation is simpler and more user-friendly. Hovering over every search result in DDG reveals a "More results" option. On clicking it, DDG will show you search results from only that particular website. For example, I searched for "The Walking Dead". On the search results page, I can hover over any result and the "More results" option pops up. In this example, I hovered over IMDb:

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

​Now, as shown in the image below, on clicking "More results", the page shows results only from IMDb:

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

​So simple, isn't it?

Autres caractéristiques

Here are some smaller, cool features of DDG:

Scrollable Results: Search results, by default, are not paginated, thereby making it easy to just scroll down and find more results. However, DDG gives users the control to disable this feature if they prefer paginated results.

Shorten and Expand URLs: With DDG, you can easily shorten and expand any link in a second. To shorten a long link, simply type the keyword "shorten" before the link and DDG will generate a shortened link. Exhibit:

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

​Similarly, DDG can expand a short link, allowing you to see where exactly the link would lead to without actually opening it. To do that, you need to use the keyword "expand".

Payment Calculator: DDG can help you to calculate your monthly payment on a loan quite easily. For this, you just need to use the keyword "loan". For example:

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

Recipe Finder: You can easily find different recipes by using the keyword "recipe" in your search query. DDG would present different recipes in a beautiful format. For example:

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

Color Finder: Using DDG, you can easily find a color based on its hexadecimal code. For example:

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

Downtime Checker: DDG allows users to easily check whether a website is down or not from the search box itself:

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

Alternative Finder: You can find alternatives to apps, websites, software, etc. using DDG:

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

Events Finder: With the search query "events near me", you can see upcoming events near you:

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

Twitch Live Streams: If you like watching live video game streams on Twitch, DDG makes the process a tad bit easier by showing some results right in the search page itself:

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

Musique: On DDG, you can listen to an artist's songs right inside the search results page itself. For example, when I searched for "Eminem", I could listen to his popular songs without leaving the search page:

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

Crédit d' Gautham Anand for reminding me about this feature

Design réactif: This is related more to user experience than features, but the search results page of DDG is responsive (adapts itself to the screen size), whereas Google's and Bing's isn't. See the side-by-side comparison:

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

​For many such cool features, go to DDG's Goodies page. It includes a plethora of useful (or fun) features such as Anagram solver, People in space, et xkcd comics in DDG.

En bref, the best thing about DDG is that it gives a lot of control back into the hands of users. Plus, it has a pretty sexy interface. Juste G̶o̶o̶g̶l̶e̶ B̶i̶n̶g̶ duck it!

Voilà tout!

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?


Mettre à jour: DuckDuckGo just reached out to me on Twitter and offered free merchandise. Yay!

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

How cool is this?! So nice of them.

Mark Guertin

Mark Guertin, works at Impact Social Media

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Réponse d'origine: What are the features of DuckDuckGo? What makes it different from other search engines?

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DuckDuckGo currently only has a small market share but if one takes a closer look it has some very cool features that does set it apart from other and more dominant search engines. I am slightly surprised it hasn't gained more traction with millennial's since it isn't cluttered up with all those annoying advertisements.

I could make a very long list here but I would like to just point out some of my favorites.

Par exemple:

  • First on this list is privacy protection. This alone makes DuckDuckGo very cool. This platform NE FAIT PAS collect or share your personal information. Read the policy for yourself at Page sur duckduckgo.com
  • Second on this list is the first thing you will notice is that all those annoying ads are disparu. All those pesky ads at the top and right sidebar are simply not there. This is a pure and clean search engine without all that noisy clutter.
  • It's a cool tool to raccourcir long URLS or alternativement expand an already shortened URL. To shorten just do "shorten enter your long url here" and to expand just do "expand enter your shortened url here"

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

  • It will spit out numbers like a loan calculator. For example you could enter "loan 10000 at 10% with 15% down for 6 years" and it will immediately spit out "Monthly Payment is $157.47 for 6 years. Total interest paid is $2,837.81"

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

  • It's a power tool to quickly make a strong password. To do this just enter "Password 12" and it will spit out a 12 character password and of course you can user other quantities besides just 12.
  • Social Media Profile Searches - By merely entering a search such as @impactsocialme1

Which is our Twitter handle you get a very cool result from duckduckgo as show below:

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

  • Searching for alternatives - this thing rocks if you would like to find alternate options for example photoshop.... see the photo below and you'll get the drift. Just enter "alternative to photoshop"

What does DuckDuckGo search have to offer that other search engines don't?

Arron Daniels

Arron Daniels, Recruiting Sourcer

Mise à jour il y a 166w

Nipun hit all the big features in his post, but I'd like to add, when you are REALLY looking for something, using different search engines to run the same search is a great idea. There is no way for any search engine to "see" all of the internet. Their behind-the-scenes programming that indexes (categorizes the information for retrieval) the information is different. Google, Bing, and Yahoo make money by advertising and web traffic, so your answers are slightly different considering they track searches done by IP and MAC address (MAC address unsubstantiated) that eventually shows a pattern.

Duck Duck Go will give you unadulterated results, but only to its own indexed version of the internet.

Great question. Another great search engine out there to play with is Blekko. Have fun on the interwebz!

Siddharth Shukla

Siddharth Shukla, Python Enthusiast

Répondu il y a 179w · L'auteur dispose de réponses 68 et de vues de réponses 192.2k

I have seen it once in browser setting under preferred search engine, but I ignored it.
Then few days later I saw answer of Nipun Sher (निपुण) so I gave it a chance.

I was mesmerized by DuckDuckGo. It is completely awesome.
We never thought of our privacy, being tracked, being watched every second but its really a serious matter. DDG provide that privacy.
Et l' !bang feature, well that is my favorite. It saves a lot of time. Believe me its true that once you go !bang, you never go back.

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Raccourcis clavier for Anti-Mouse people is nice, these are some shortcuts:
Open results:

  • Enter or l or o — go to the highlighted result, or use it right away to go to the first result
  • Ctrl/Cmd+Enter — open a result in the background
  • d — domain search (if a result is highlighted)
  • ' or v — open the highlighted result in a new window/tab. Since this uses JavaScript, you need to turn off pop-up blockers first.

Move around:

  • ← and → — navigate instant answer tabs. When an instant answer is open, navigate within the instant answer.
  • ↓ or j — next search result
  • ↑ or k — previous search result
  • / or h — go to search box
  • s — go to misspelling link (if any)
  • t — go to top
  • m — go to main results

There are some other pretty stuff packed too like Instant Answers, Recipes, It can tell you meaning of Emoticon, Customization, Themes etc etc etc

Warning: It is a very addictive product, use it at your own risk.

Jody Raines

Jody Raines, Jody Raines | Social Media & Internet Marketer

Répondu il y a 163w

There is another search engine called It's About Time! Search Privately with QuickHound.com that is similar to Duck Duck go. Both are set up to not save your searches. When you use a traditional search engine, like Google or Bing, every search is logged to your IP. If you are logged in, that gives another way to identify you as the searcher, which then enables the search engine to sell space on your searches to advertisers. It's a benefit to the advertisers because they have a better chance of selling to someone who is looking for what they sell. It's an invasion of privacy if you truly don't want to have your searches linked to your name. Search engines claim that the searches that you've done are not available, however we know that there is no guarantee privacy for anything that is posted on the Internet. Just look at Ashley Madison as an example... or even the Federal Government!

Private search engines do not save your search and do not link the search to your IP.

Gennaro Cuofano

Gennaro Cuofano, BizDev à WordLift

Mise à jour il y a 52w · L'auteur dispose de réponses 511 et de vues de réponses 1.1m

There are fifteen features I love about DuckDuckGo, which I list here: Fifteen Smart Ways to Be More Productive with Duckduckgo

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