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Date: 2/6/12 1:27 PM

Given all the recent publicity about Google's upcoming assault on personal privacy, I wonder whether anyone has tried alternative search engines.

This morning I did a Google search (irony intended) and Duck Duck Gopopped up. According to Wikipedia, Duck Duck Go's search engine philosophy emphasizes privacy and does not record user information."

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Date: 2/6/12 4:08 PM


I don't know really why google bothers to keep info.. as really i google up a lot of stuff I have no interest much in.. or only a real temporary interest.. maybe something I read on the news and wanted more info or more explanation about.
On top of which.. a lot of people .. my sons friends etc.. even the neighbors will pop in and use my computer now and then and google up something on it.. if I can't tell them for instance an answer to a questions they thought I might have on a certain subject.
Frankly.. I am pretty much an open book.. and don't really care if people .. anyone.. knows that I happen to research a lot of subjects for a lot of reasons.. One time I googled up black bear for some reason and still get cookies popping up stuff on it. lol. They don't really know as much about me as they think if they are going by what is googled up on my computer. I just ignore anything that comes my way from my google activities.. they same as I ignore Mr. Poorpigling..

But I will say.. that duck is too cute.

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Date: 2/6/12 4:24 PM

I never use google. I usually use bing and if I don't find what I'm looking for with that, I use dogpile. lycos is another good search option.

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Date: 2/6/12 4:26 PM

I experimented with Duck Duck Go for a little while last June when Google forced that horrible black search bar on us. I posted about this at the time, and decided DDG was "a pretty good search engine, but of course it doesn't have the extra links like "News"/"Images"/"Videos" etc."

However, thanks for the reminder! I may try DDG again. I don't like Google's "we're doing X, so tough luck" attitude -- or the upcoming changes. They're already too free-wheeling with what should be private information.

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Date: 2/6/12 5:22 PM

My DH not only switched us from Google to DuckDuckGo, but emailed Google and gave them an earfull of why we not longer use them. Their new policy is the reason. They want way too much info on us and everyone else and we do not want to give it.

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Date: 2/6/12 5:24 PM

I'm like PP, doesn't matter much.

I work on a variety of topics. Some I know a lot about, some I don't. Some are controversial, some are bland and boring...so what are they really going to get out of me with locksmiths, chiropractors, getting an ex back, forex plus all the stuff *I* look up (that is all over the place. Just in the last hour I have looked up James Dean, House of Wax, medical paper and "why does zoloft make me tweak").

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Date: 2/6/12 5:36 PM

I agree that the duck is cute, though perhaps not as cute as a pigling.

Here are a few reasons why many people, including me, believe it is imperative to preserve some areas of privacy, especially as technology becomes increasingly powerful in the 21st century.

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Date: 2/6/12 5:47 PM

Good for you and good for DH. This morning, I took Google off my tool bar and in the reasons section I checked off the box that says "privacy concerns."

I agree that Google gathers too much information on everyone, and many of us have been lulled into a false sense of security. But Google knows far more about us than bland pieces of information like the fact that we like to sew or watch Downton Abbey. The fact is that not all information collected about us is harmless. And there is no way to predict how some of that information may be used against us in the future.

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Date: 2/6/12 6:23 PM

In addition to the ones listed, there's ixquick.com

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Date: 2/6/12 7:12 PM


Those are good reasons.. but to be honest.. I usually just do a yahoo search.. rarely go to google. But I may very well try a few of those sites as it seems like I don't always find a lot of info that I am looking for on either yahoo or google.

I am so happy you think I am cuter than that duck.. blushing.. you just can't tell I am blushing since I am already PINK..

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