Congrats to DuckDuckGo on reaching 100 million daily search queries! 🎉
It's amazing to see a privacy-first Google alternative making such great progress! I personally contribute with a few searches every day 😀
@markosaric I expect it to keep picking up. No one is liking the behavior of these big tech monopolies. They don't deserve your data and the ability to monetize it further.
@tio they are transparent. they don't do any tracking for advertising purposes not on their search results and not on other websites around the web. their ads are contextual and this is the right way to do it. It's expensive to run a search engine and they cannot simply not do any monetization whatsoever. That's very unrealistic
@tio every request you make in a browser sends your IP address and user agent to the site you made a request to so that's not unusual. The main thing is what does the site do with the data and from my knowledge DDG doesn't do anything dodgy.
I'm part of an open source project and a fairly popular one and I can guarantee you that making it work with donations from users so you can work on it full time is pretty much impossible. 99% need corporations/governments to fund them
@tio that's contextual advertising. the country you are in, the search query you searched for. they don't create any profiles on you or do any type of cross site tracking
that some people demand ethical software to be free of charge and donation based is probably the main reason why there are so few success stories for mainstream users. ethical projects need better business models to get more people to work on them and to build better projects that can compete with proprietary ones
that's contextual advertising. the country you are in, the search query you searched for. they don't create any profiles on you or do any type of cross site tracking
@tio not sure what to tell you, in the industry what they are doing is the definition of contextual advertising and not personalised advertising that google and facebook are doing.
unfortunately to build a service and maintain it you need people and resources and people need to eat and pay bills. donations are simply not enough for make that work
@tio that's why it's good you have a choice that you prefer but i don't agree that DDG is doing something bad, unethical or dodgy. donations are supposed to be the way to go but it is a system that has failed the mainstream. this is why majority of people have never heard or used the successful projects you have listed and why they use google, facebook, windows etc. so now there's a new wave of ethical companies trying to do it differently and DDG is certainly one of the biggest ones
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(2/2) Don't want to give search history to just one big entity, and rely on one #searchEngine? Use a #searx instance to #search which will aggregate #searchResults from different #searchEngines.
Using a Searx provider further helps to conceal your identity from the big search engines, because you a searching via a proxy.
@g @tio exactly! i wasn't aware of how big of an issue this is when i was only a user of foss products, but since i became a maintainer i can tell you lack of funding is the number 1 reason why there are no more success stories and why the mainstream uses unethical products that take advantage of them. can be public funding, people paying for products they use/love... anything but "free" as in free of charge or donations are the only accepted funding method will improve the situation
@markosaric For all search queries except those highly technical, DuckDuckGo has been my primary search engine for at least the last two years. Even for technical queries, although they're not as good as Google yet, they seem to be improving, even if at a snail's pace.
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