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I'm a big fan of duckdcukgo. I try not to use google at all.
I've been using them seriously for about 8 years now. They keep improving, and I find it's getting easier to give them more and more of my searches.
My last employer banned the use of Google on company computers. We had to use DuckDuckGo. It's not a bad search engine. Worked pretty well. But when everything else is integrated with Google it's hard to get away from the giant.
Indeed. I always find myself cursing invasive Google integration one minute, and saying "Wow! Cool!" the next. It's just so easy to use all the great Google features, but of late the privacy issues have been bothering me more and more.
I'm going to be moving in a couple of months, and I've decided I'm going to try something new: I'm going to keep my Google account as my "throw away" account, so that I can conveniently use it on my Android phone, since it's still the easiest way to use my phone's features. But for my "main account" and daily sitting in front of the computer, I'm going to just use Duckduckgo and get a Proton Mail account that I'll link to a Name.com personal domain. Car dealers. the Harbor Freight, etc. get the Google account. Friends, Banks, etc. get the proton mail account.
I agree, the integration aspect of Google is fantastic. And let's face it, they still have the best search tech.
That said, DDG has something that has changed how I use search engines: the !bang syntax. You can quickly search other sources (they have a LOT) with a bang, and that really has made a big difference for me. For example, if you perform a search like this:
!a men's socks
It'll just go straight over to Amazon and search there. !g goes to Google, !maps goes to Google maps, !ebay, etc.
Here's a whole list of the bangs... they have nearly 10,000. It's impressive.https://duckduckgo.com/bang
New to me. Thank you!
So I haven’t knowingly used google or a related product since as far back as I can remember.... I even terminated my YouTube account when I learned google owned it (but I do watch YouTube, so maybe google owns that too and I’m only fooling myself). I remember using google back in college, around the turn of the century. But I’ve used Bing ever since I saw it, because Chandler was my favorite Friend. And you can see how tech savvy I am. I know bing is the butt of jokes, but I don’t really care. My throw away email is hotmail and that’s made a few people chuckle too. Jokes on them.
I’ve long had a distrust for google and the fact that I use Amazon bothers me a lot, but where I live, I’m too rural not to use it! I will have to try this DuckDuckGo thing.
I’m a man, and I can change, if I have to, I guess... I’m just slow to do it. This whole comment doesn’t contribute anything to the conversation except in a long and overly complicated way to say that I really don’t like google either.
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