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Best search engine

I advocate using Startpage.com, as it protects your privacy and can deal with slightly obscure keywords (unlike DuckDuckGo). The interface is also aesthetically pleasing, in my opinion, as it follows the layout of Google.

What do you guys think? Is Startpage.com better than DuckDuckGo? Are there better alternatives?

3 years ago by ritornare with 4 comments

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  • batwithahat

    Personally, I'll be sticking with DuckDuckGo. I've been using it for a while, and I've never heard of startpage.com either. So, I took a look. Heres my thoughts:

    1. I'm not particularly fond of having searches being "powered" by Google. Isn't that the reason you'd stop using google in the first place?
    2. I find the interface of DuckDuckGo easier to use and read than StartPages.

    I'll start using it a bit so I get a better idea of it, since the two reasons I just listed aren't the best. However, out of the search engines I myself have used, DuckDuckGo is the best for me.

    • ritornare

      1. Startpage returns anominized search results, so Google will not know who you are. Also, it gives you the option to easily put your searches through a proxy. 2. To each their own.

  • carpenoctem

    Disconnect Search is one to consider.

    It's similar to Startpage in that it uses Google's (or Bing's, Yahoo's, or DuckDuckGo's) engine, but it anonymizes search queries.

    I used Startpage for a while, but I switched to Disconnect because Startpage's UI was clunky and it didn't have many search options (e.g. filtering search results by a certain time period - last day, week, month, year).

    Having said that, I've just had another look at Startpage and it seems that recently they've improved the UI and search options, so it's probably more competitive with Disconnect now.

    Regardless, I've used Disconnect for a few months now and it gets my vote because it's provided a great combination of anonymous + relevant search results.

  • Jello

    I just don't see anyone dethroning Google any time soon. I know how to use google, I know how it likes things phrased and how to find exactly what I want by how I key in my search. I have been using google for nearly as long as I have been using the internet and I think that this is true for a lot of people.

    Sites like DuckDuckGo are awesome in theory but their algorithm still needs a lot of work (i.e become google) for me to ever hop ship. I just don't see Google going anywhere for a while.