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[liberationtech] DuckDuckGo vs Startpage

Nick liberationtech at njw.me.uk
Wed Jun 26 01:51:00 PDT 2013


Quoth Mike Perry:
> I find StartPage/Google immensely superior to Duckduckgo/Bing when
> searching the "long tail" of technical material (which I do frequently).

In that case I agree StartPage probably makes sense. Search engines 
are mainly useful for long tail things; for other stuff I generally 
just use Wikipedia as my search engine.

That said what type of results appear on the any search engine is a 
rather political issue, and I don't think there's a good solution 
beyond avoiding the "filter bubble" stuff, except a critical eye.  
The ranking algorithms necessarily obscure some things and show 
others, regardless of whether they've been explicitly designed to 
favour one viewpoint over another - that's just what they do.

Which is why I prefer wikipedia in general.



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