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DuckDuckGo recently achieved a massive milestone by racking up 10 billion searches since its inception. If that wasn’t impressive enough, DuckDuckGo has also enjoyed its biggest day ever, completing 14 million searches in one 24-hour period. And yet most people have still never heard of DuckDuckGo…

DuckDuckGo isn’t yet a household name, but it has actually been around since 2008. In the big scheme of things, especially when compared to Google, DuckDuckGo is still the underdog. Or perhaps the underduck. However, DuckDuckGo has grown steadily over the last nine years without gaining much attention.

For the uninitiated, DuckDuckGo is a search engine 8 Search Tricks That Work on DuckDuckGo but Not on Google 8 Search Tricks That Work on DuckDuckGo but Not on Google Google Search is king. But DuckDuckGo has earned a loyal fan following. It has a few unusual features that even Google doesn't have. Read More just like Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc., but with one major difference… anonymity. DuckDuckGo will search the web for you while protecting your privacy. It promises not to track you, or share any identifiable information about you with third parties.

Putting Privacy First

This policy of putting privacy first has helped DuckDuckGo grow ever more popular. It enjoyed a noticeable increase in its number of users when Edward Snowden revealed how the NSA is tracking everybody Your Interest in Privacy Will Ensure You're Targeted By The NSA Your Interest in Privacy Will Ensure You're Targeted By The NSA Read More . And it’s enjoying another noticeable increase as we speak for obvious reasons.

In a celebratory blog post, DuckDuckGo CEO and Founder Gabriel Weinberg has announced that the search engine has now completed 10 billion searches. An impressive 4 billion of those took place in 2016. And on January 10, 2017, DuckDuckGo completed 14 million searches in one day.

This is mightily impressive. However, to put it in context, according to The Verge, Google completes around 40,000 searches every second, which equates to 3.5 billion searches every day. So in just three days Google completes the same number of searches as DuckDuckGo has managed in its lifetime.

The World’s Most Trusted Search Engine?

DuckDuckGo is unlikely to ever be the most popular search engine in the world, but it continues to grow at a steady pace. And for a website that’s on a mission to be “the world’s most trusted search engine,” perhaps being popular isn’t considered the true measure of success Why This Longtime Google Fan Now Prefers DuckDuckGo Why This Longtime Google Fan Now Prefers DuckDuckGo Most of us don't remember life before Google search. Try DuckDuckGo. Learn its tricks. There could be nothing you miss about Google. Read More .

Do you use DuckDuckGo on a regular basis? If so, why do you use DuckDuckGo over Google, Bing, or one of the other, bigger search engines? Is this the first time you’ve heard of DuckDuckGo? If so, will you now be trying it out? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. spike
    January 27, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Using DDG makes me feel I'm safe (and in charge) when I'm out searching the interwebs, and that there's not some info-sucking corporation looming over me. Won't ever go back to Google.

  2. Thomas
    January 26, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    I use DuckDuckGo for a couple reasons. I like trying different things so I made DuckDuckGo my default search engine many months ago. Since then it has been serving up content that I find useful so I continue to use it. As I often need to find information that is work related and may not be specifically related to my personal interests I find it is a good option to have rather than always relying on Google which constantly thinks it knows me.

  3. EMS
    January 26, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    I've been using duckduckgo for 7-8 years and I LOVE IT. I also respect DuckDuckGo for keepig its word after all these years. Searches are great and none of that advertising if you don't want it. PLUS It's my first choice. When I have a project or desire to gather as much info as possible on something, I supplement with a Google search and NEVER click on one of the first "paid for" deceptive listings that come up....ESPECIALLY if "Ask" is even hinted at. I think Bing is "left in the dust" the majority of time, and I also believe I've given it a fair shot periodically since MS tried to "force" it on me through their OS upgrades. I have stopped using any other search engines. DuckDuckGo, then Google for back-up or comparison. NO need for anything else.

    • decafjava
      January 27, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Absolutley I am a big fan and in any case I still use Google by using DDG's bang feature.