Also like the interface. As I scroll down, it loads the next page, just like Google and Bing should and could, but don't.
Also like the bang:
But what I find missing are cached results. I use this Google feature once every few weeks.
I also don't understand the business model. If they aren't keeping results and aren't doing ads, are they going to start charging for it? So they claim not to be competing with Google, but aren't they? Google is a freakin' giant. I don't see how you compete with that, unless you are a large company like Microsoft.
I agree with your statements here, but still, I think it's flawed thinking. Just because Google is big doesn't mean one person (or a small group) can't come up with innovations and compete.
Even if Gabriel says DuckDuckGo is not a competitor to Google, or if it doesn't have a sustainable business model, I applaud his efforts. I too enjoy the bang syntax, and that's something I wouldn't get using other search engines (even if DDG isn't classified as such).
I haven't noticed anything that I could find better with DuckDuckGo than Google, but the results are usually pretty good. For finding error messages and quotes it seems slightly worse (incidentally, does anybody know of a good search engine for finding quotes when you don't know the exact wording?).
Zero click info is a great idea. Half the time when I search for something, I just want the Wikipedia page, and half of those times, I just want a few sentences or definition.
Once the guy fixes this issue, I'll be the first one to go back to DDG, because I liked being able to search privately and anonymously.
Still, I totally think DDG is on Google's radar, and while CEO Eric Schmidt has stated Bing is their competition (and they are) they have to wonder about about DDG's logarithmic rise in popularity.
Getting close to 2M pageviews/month.
Also, does anyone know if BOSS is now serving Bing rather than Yahoo results after the switchover? It would seem kind of bizarre for Yahoo to continue serving its own results just for this one property (unless they're serving stale results). In any case, gaming at aimed Yahoo or Bing is going to be an issue for anything built on top of them (although DDG of course is free to do its own extra filtering).
I think he's stopped using BOSS altogether. Just Bing API, a few other API's that I've never heard of, and his own crawling.
Also, he does a lot of reordering of search results, so things meant to game Bing wouldn't be that effective.
While google does provide more relevant search results fairly often, DDG's zero-click info easily makes up for that as far as I'm concerned.
The various bang stuff also came very handy a good few times.
Chrome -> preferences -> Basics -> Default Search -> Manage