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DuckDuckGo Celebrates 10B Anonymous Hits

Posted January 25th 2017

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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.)

For those not aware, DuckDuckGo’s mission is to provide the search power of Google, without all the tracking that funds the tech giant’s ad business. It doesn’t share your search terms with the sites you click on; it doesn’t save your history, or link it with either your IP address or a user profile; and it doesn’t use cookies to track you around the web.

 

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.