Former Google engineer: DuckDuckGo is good enough for daily use

Former Google engineer, Jake Voytko compared Google and DuckDuckGo search results and thought that DuckDuckGo was good enough for daily use.

DuckDuckGo is a search engine that emphasizes privacy. It does not customize search results for users and does not track users. Jake Voytko wrote:

DuckDuckGo Do Not Track

“Most of my searches relate to my job, which means that most of my searches are technical queries. DuckDuckGo serves good results for my searches. I’ll admit that I’m a paranoid searcher: I reformat error strings, remove identifiers that are unique to my code, and remove quotes before searching. I’m not sure how well DuckDuckGo would handle copy/pasted error strings with lots of quotes and unique identifiers. This means that I don’t know if DuckDuckGo handles all technical searches well. But it does a good job for me.”

In some areas, Google still maintains a strong advantage over DuckDuckGo. This includes product search and local search, and there are relatively rare issues that Google still returns useful results, and DuckDuckGo may find nothing.