Chances are you've never heard of DuckDuckGo, a search startup that tries to improve the relevance of its search results by augmenting traditional results with information from crowd-sourced sites like Wikipedia. Launched in September 2008, the search engine now boasts over 40 million searches a month.
TechSpot had an interview with the site's creator Gabriel Weinberg, you can read the article over here.
Many have tried to challenge Google’s dominance of the search market over the past few years, from small startups to big-name players with deep pockets. But perhaps with the exception of Microsoft, which has poured billions into its search efforts, all have failed to gain any significant traction.
A relative newcomer to the search market, DuckDuckGo isn’t shying away from the monumental task, however. In fact, with a simple, straightforward interface and clean results they’ve come up with one of the most appealing Google alternatives to date. Even if they are still far from changing the status quo, their no nonsense approach to privacy and instant answers are worth taking note of.
We had a chance to talk with the site’s creator Gabriel Weinberg a couple of weeks ago. Here’s what he had to say about his four-year-old search engine startup and his competitors.