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Interview with DuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg

     
11:40 am on Aug 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

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We use about 100 different sources including probably five different indexes on our own site -- indexes of different types for different things. When you type in a query what we really try to do is figure out what category it is (name query, technology product, etc.) and route it to that best source and return an instant answer from that best source. The thesis is that when you type in a query, most of the time you'd be better served if you had gotten an answer or some piece of data from a vertical site, say like TechSpot for certain things. But people often don't know what those sites are, so itís our job to figure out that site and format it at the top.
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Refreshing :)..
12:12 pm on Aug 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

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i've been using duckduckgo since it appeared in opera, i like the clean interface ... as a user i like it and use it a lot - although still use the big two as well.

as a webmaster i'm not convinced by the 'answer' it presents to some searches as i believe this would lose me traffic (eg. why click through when you've seen the answer already)

additionally, in the longterm, if being an amazon and ebay affiliate is a primary source of income, i'd wonder how this will potentially affect the search results.