I’ve tried to like DuckDuckGo, I honestly have. While I found the Google challenger lacking in relevant results, others are apparently believe that is a small price to pay in order to preserve their privacy.
According to The Guardian, DuckDuckGo has seen a surge in the number of searches conducted–mostly thanks to the NSA freaking us all out with its poking around our privacy.
While the hockey-stick growth chart looks impressive, it does need some perspective. With 4 million queries a day, DuckDuckGo has reached the lofty numbers achieved by Google…back in 1999. Its one billion queries in 2013 is paltry compared to Google’s one trillion.