DuckDuckGo, the search engine who prides itself on protecting its users privacy, has had a major revamp in the last few weeks.
The website has gained more users in recent months, especially since Edward Snowden’s revelations about internet privacy became news. DuckDuckGo is different from other search engines, as it does not track its users internet history. It also returns far more results from smaller and not so popular sites as it does not filter out pages because of their search rankings, making it easier to get your content higher up in the results page. However, it is still seen as less popular than Google mainly because of Google’s more visual appeal and ease of use.
DuckDuckGo’s fresh new look and new features will hit our screens next month, according to their chief executive Gabriel Weinberg. In a blog post, Weinberg described some of the sites new features: “This next version of DuckDuckGo focuses on smarter answers and a more refined look. We’ve also added many new features you’ve been requesting like images, auto-suggest, places and more. Of course, your privacy is protected as well.”
Mr Weinberg went on to explain that the ongoing changes and improvements will be user-led, with the company taking on board comments and feedback from users: A ‘Give Feedback’ button will be available at the bottom right of the search result pages giving the site users a chance to submit anonymous feedback and optional queries.
DuckDuckGo are also looking into the possibility of watching videos within the search page, rather than going to the host website to view it.