DuckDuckGo, the pro-privacy search engine, hits 30 million daily searches
In an age where it seems nearly every major internet service is looking to hawk your personal data, one pro-privacy search engine is experiencing massive growth.
DuckDuckGo, which bills itself as “the search engine that doesn't track you,” has just hit 30 million daily searches. According to the company, this is a new daily record for the search engine. DuckDuckGo makes its traffic stats publicly available in an effort to be as transparent as possible.
This new company record is about a 50% increase from its record of over 20 million searches in 2017. DuckDuckGo’s reached this new daily search record just this past Monday. As pointed out by Search Engine Journal, it’s interesting to note that DuckDuckGo’s new daily search record comes just days after news broke that Google exposed nearly 500,000 of its users’ data.
DuckDuckGo (DDG) emphasizes protecting searchers' privacy and avoiding the filter bubble of personalized search results. DuckDuckGo distinguishes itself from other search engines by not profiling its users and by deliberately showing all users the same search results for a given search term, and emphasizes returning the best results, rather than the most results, generating those results from over 400 individual sources, including crowdsourced sites such as Wikipedia, and other search engines like Bing, Yahoo!, and Yandex.
Yep that graph is clearly showing a big uptake in use (see at https://duckduckgo.com/traffic) and whilst its nowhere near catching up with Google which has 3.5 billion daily search queries, there is a strong growth in use by users who clearly want better privacy.