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[–] ForgotMyName 0 points 44 points (+44|-0) ago 

I switched to DDG and I have no complaints. I've reverted to Google twice in probably 6 months.

Google made a horrible mistake when they made ALL searches fuzzy. You can't even use quotes anymore. This makes it nearly useless for me. At least half of my searches require an exact phrase. Google's retarded version of that phrase is NOT helpful.

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[–] Bastou 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago  (edited ago)

That's why I can't find anything anymore with Google. I've noticed it but don't search all that often so I was wondering what I did wrong. It seems it's Google that has been doing things wrong the whole time. Fuck them!

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[–] UncontrollableSphere 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

It's still there. You just have to click three things to get to "Verbatim".

Great UX design.

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[–] common_sense 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Honestly I've found duckduckgo's regular search to have improved drastically over the last few months. Except for some very specific searches I think 90% of people will have no issues completely switching over to it.

The only thing that's not up to Google's standards is the image search. It still has a ways to go, but it's getting better.

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[–] rspix000 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

DDG's privacy policy doesn't need a TL;DR:

We don't collect or share personal information. That's our privacy policy in a nutshell.

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[–] freetoshare81 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Don't lie. We know you use Bing for porn.

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[–] Iforgotmy_other_acct 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I really like the bang operator. !youtube fus roh dah

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[–] HentaiOjisan 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Instead of !youtube use !yt It's the same but shorter. Same for !i for google images, !w for wikipedia, !wes for wikipedia in spanish, and so on.

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[–] leaffur 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

I agree with your sentiments about google, but I disagree about YouTube. Would you like to elaborate on why you hold that view?

YouTube is a vast and glorious website growing exponentially in popularity and content. There are bound to be parts of it you would enjoy. I've enjoyed it since before google took it over and I like what they've done with it.

Still, I would love to hear your criticisms.

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[–] PlasmaDistortion 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Searching youtube for a video is painful but sorting through the crap is even worse.

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[–] Hysterics7787 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

When they forced everyone to integrate into a Google+ account, my actual youtube account ended up being deleted. I spent roughly twelve hours trying to reach Google and get that account back. I never once tried to create a Google+ account, but my YouTube account was changed into one. They allowed me the option to revert though, how kind of them, so I tried to do that. It reverted, then a few days later they once again upgraded my account for me, again allowing me to downgrade... This went on for about a week, by the end of which I had no access to my account. I gave up eventually, and never once had actual contact with anyone from Google. They don't give a damn about the people who use their product, they're using us for analytics.

That all being said, everything I've seen change about YouTube has more or less been for the worse. They've made a few decent changes to the layout, but overall it's shit. Music is constantly taken down due to copyright infringement, youtube is a "safe for work" site. Anything even remotely taboo gets removed. That's not really a site I want to spend time on or support, especially since as I said above they don't give a damn about the users.

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[–] jxfaith 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

YouTube is only as good as your subscriptions. It can be a pain finding new channels at times, but I rely on social media aggregators (Voat and Facebook) for that lately.

I never relied much on their discovery algorithms, but the recommended feed is quite awful.

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[–] Northvvait 1 points 17 points (+18|-1) ago 

SEO gaming has been a thing for a while. Google knows most people are habituated so they don't give a fuck. Regular people aren't the customers, the advertisers are.

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[–] Arotaes_Forgehammer 1 points 15 points (+16|-1) ago 

There's a reason I've been using DuckDuckGo for years now. Use it, don't change back. You have no excuse not to.

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[–] ElDulce 1 points 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

Image search still sucks on it. google image lets you set the size and type of image. That's the only reason I go to google anymore. And just to say screw you to google, I always do a search through DDG to get to google dot com. :)

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[–] Iforgotmy_other_acct 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

!google [image] is your friend.

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[–] 123_456 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I use DuckDuckGo, but still surf on Chrome. The reason? Chrome has a great amount of useful extensions.

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[–] Trash_Duchess 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

This. Literally the only reason I use chrome is Momentum, to be honest. If it was an extension for anything else or an android app I wouldn't bother.

(Also the Cath Kidston theme is actually really nice...)

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[–] isibjimbo 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

You can change the default to DDG in Chrome.

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[–] Muffins_on_Tuesdays 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I use Vivaldi and it's compatible with Chrome extensions, though to what extent I'm not sure, I doubt the more intricate ones would work.

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[–] ninjai 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I just like chromes slim look and compatibility. I hardly use extensions

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[–] ninjai 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Sometimes when I use ddg the search results are so unbelievably bad. Typically it's okay though. I tend to use Google via start page.

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[–] scandalous-goat 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

It started to be bad when google wanted to target the general population, who don't know how to formulate a query. In a way, it makes sense because the market is so large, but it left behind everyone who knew how to operate the engine to get what they wanted. The engine got fuzzier, ignoring the precise commands, trying to be smart give you what it thinks you want. Also, let's not forget the arm race between the spammers and the SEO crowd vs google.

Today, it's complete crap and we don't really have an alternative that's as good as old google.

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[–] djsumdog 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

We use to have Lycos, Yahoo, HotBot, DogPile ... tons of different search engines with different indexes and algorithms. Good provided a really good search at the time, which is why it started becoming a first choice...and then an only choice.

Like most of the comments, I use DDG myself. IIRC it's mostly a Yandex based backend with some other indexers they pay for as well.

The barrier to entry for a real competitor in the search arena is a difficult one today. Hell, look at how many DCMA requests Google has to process. A small search engine wouldn't even be able to cope with that kind of bullshit.

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[–] B3bomber 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The DMCA thing is a scam. To issue a real DMCA notice it has to be by mail and the sender can be charged with the Federal crime of Perjury for sending a fake DCMA take down. Why web sites allow the internet form version I'll never understand.

If your shit is legitimately on a site you did not authorize it to be on, grow the balls and send that letter. Otherwise, FUCK OFF. Or be the MPAA/RIAA and sue people for things you DO NOT own the copyrights to (yes this happened, a lot). How the judge of those cases didn't do shit about the perjury charges that were supposed to happen when they did that, I can only guess money was involved.

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[–] AlphaWookie 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Stop using google.

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[–] kna5041 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I just hate the censorship

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