Duck Duck Go

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Duck Duck Go
File:Duck.duck.go.png
Duck Duck Go Logo
URL http://duckduckgo.com/
Commercial? Yes
Type of site search engine
Registration None
Owner Duck Duck Go, Inc.
Launched September 25, 2008
Current status Active

Duck Duck Go is a search engine based in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania that uses information from crowd-sourced sites (like Wikipedia) to augment traditional results and improve relevance.

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Results

Duck Duck Go's results are a mashup of many sources, including Yahoo! Search BOSS, Wikipedia, and its own Web crawler (DuckDuckBot).[1] It uses data from crowd-sources sites to, among other things, populate "Zero-click Info" boxes, which are red boxes containing topic summaries and related topics above results.[2] Duck Duck Go also offers the ability to show mostly shopping sites or mostly info (non-shopping) sites via search buttons on its homepage.[3]

History

Duck Duck Go was founded by Gabriel Weinberg, a serial entrepreneur whose last venture (The Names Database) was acquired by United Online (NASDAQ:UNTD) in 2006 for $10M.[4] Gabriel has a B.S. in Physics and an M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT.[5]

Duck Duck Go appears to have been initially self-funded by Mr. Weinberg.[6] As of June, 2009 there are no reports on the Web of additional financing.

Name

Some reporters have called the Duck Duck Go name silly or inappropriate for a search engine.[7] When questioned about the name, founder Gabriel Weinberg has explained, "[r]eally it just popped in my head one day and I just liked it. It is certainly influenced/derived from Duck Duck Goose, but other than that there is no relation, e.g. a metaphor."[8] The company's FAQ says something similar.[9]

Positioning

Duck Duck Go is a general purpose search engine and is thus a competitor to Google search, Yahoo! Search, Bing and the other general search engines.[10] At the same time, it produces its own content pages, and so also is similar to sites like Mahalo, Kosmix and SearchMe.[11]

Awards

Duck Duck Go has been featured on Techcrunch as a part of Elevator Pitch Friday [12], and was a finalist in the BOSS Mashable Challenge.[13]

Growth

Duck Duck Go has been steadily growing. Compete.com estimates ~40K US visitors in May, 2009 [14] and, as of June 11, 2009, Alexa reports a 3 month growth rate of 134%.[15]

See also

List of search engines

References

  1. "Duck Duck Go - FAQ". http://www.duckduckgo.com. 
  2. Duck Duck Go, Inc.. "About Duck Duck Go". http://www.duckduckgo.com/about.html. 
  3. Duck Duck Go, Inc. (Jun 9, 2009). "Duck Duck Go Launches Shopping Filter". http://duckduckgo.com/press.2009.06.09.html. 
  4. United Online, Inc. (March 20, 2006). "Acquisition of Namesdatabase.com Expands Company's Classmates Online Social Networking Unit". http://investor.untd.com/releasedetail.cfm?releaseid=328835. 
  5. Gabriel Weinberg. "Gabriel Weinberg's Personal Homepage". http://www.gabrielweinberg.com/. 
  6. "Duck Duck Go younoodle Startup Profile". http://younoodle.com/startups/duck_duck_go. 
  7. Frederic Lardnois (April 30, 2009). "Duck Duck Go: Silly Name, Interesting Search Engine". http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/duck_duck_go_silly_name_interesting_search_engine.php. 
  8. "Hacker News Thread". http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=652015. 
  9. Duck Duck Go, Inc.. "Duck Duck Go FAQ". http://duckduckgo.com/faq.html. 
  10. Chris Dannen (April 15, 2009). "Skip Google and Try These Search Engines". http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/chris-dannen/techwatch/skip-google-and-try-these-search-engines. 
  11. "Duck Duck Go Company Profile". http://www.crunchbase.com/company/duck-duck-go. 
  12. Dan Kimerling (December 12, 2008). "Duck Duck Go, The Hybrid Search Engine". http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/12/12/elevator-pitch-friday-duck-duck-go-the-hybrid-search-engine/. 
  13. Adam Hirsch (October 7, 2008). "Voting Round for the BOSS Mashable Challenge". http://mashable.com/2008/10/07/voting-boss-mashable-challenge/. 
  14. "Compete.com Analytics Profile". http://siteanalytics.compete.com/duckduckgo.com/?metric=uv. 
  15. "Alexa.com Analytics Profile". http://alexa.com/siteinfo/duckduckgo.com. 

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