DuckDuckGo saw its usage increase to 10 million searches per day in 2015
DuckDuckGo, the search engine, was founded back in 2008, with one primary objective, Privacy.
The service has made a rather important announcement about its usage.
And it is good news too. DuckDuckGo recently reported that it saw over 300 million searches in December alone. The service also said that it was when its search saw an all time high usage in a single day, with 12 million search queries on December 14th.
The surge it saw in December, was actually pretty huge, from 7.7 million in January to a whopping 10.8 million.
But what about the other days/months? The number is still impressive. SearchEngineLand reports that DuckDuckGo was being used for over 10 million searches everyday in 2015.
The graph featured above, which was posted in an announcement page, shows how much the search service has grown from December 2011, in terms of Direct Queries Per Day. As you can see, DuckDuckGo has been growing popular quite steadily with each passing year.
What exactly makes DDG a special service?
Did you know that the search engine does not store any of your personal information? Search History, IP address, cookies, none of these are stored on its servers. And it uses HTTPS by default, and all of this adds up to the service living up to its tagline of “The Search Engine that doen’t track you”.
It actually has plenty of other great features such as ad-free search (the option can be enabled under advanced settings), !bangs which let you search stuff quickly, but we aren’t going to describe them all here. You should “search” for them on your own.
Unfortunately the search engine, despite its superb features, isn’t as popular as it should be. Yet it does boast a massive user base, in fact people use the website and it’s search millions of times every day.
DuckDuckGo plans to incorporate some new features to its search results including filters for time and date, along with some improvements for the “Did You Mean” feature(which autocorrects spelling errors in search queries).
Oh, and if you wish to set DDG as your search engine, here is a short tutorial:
DuckDuckGo uses the OpenSearch technology which means it can be set as the default search engine for most modern browsers very easily. Simply visit the homepage of DuckDuckGo at https://duckduckgo.com/.
A small banner should appear below the search box, click on it and follow the on-screen intructions given on the page to set DuckDuckGo as the default search engine. It even works in Microsoft Edge.