via The Verge
DuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg announced in a blog post last week that the company had served its 10 billionth search, as well as passing the milestone of 14 million searches in a day on January 10th. “We are growing faster than ever,” writes Weinberg. “In addition to crossing the 10 billion milestone, last year we also donated $225,000 to nine organizations that also raise the standard of trust online.” (Just for comparison’s sake, it’s worth noting that Google serves 40,000 queries a second, or 3.5 billion searches a day.)
The search company has been around since 2008, getting it’s last big boost in 2014 when Mozilla and Apple added it as a default search option on their browsers. The 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer revealed that the general population’s trust in all four key institutions — business, government, NGOs, and media — has declined significantly, and with cyber-security threats ever-looming, we may see more and more web users turning to privacy-focused services like DuckDuckGo.