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Optimise Google

I had previously sought alternative, innovative search engines, but none of the proposed options made me particularly happy. About a year ago, I came across DuckDuckGo, and today, I've been using DDG as my primary search provider for exactly 10 months.

The reasons why I switched included

I am aware that DuckDuckGo is index-based itself, using the Yahoo API, which, in turns means that DuckDuckGo may already be using Bing data. Sounds a bit like out of the frying pan into the fire, unfortunately.

I am still investigating better search solutions, sticking with DuckDuckGo meanwhile.

Unfortunately, DuckDuckGo doesn't quite cut the mustard at all times, forcing me to go to Google instead. For this reason I am glad to find that the CustomizeGoogle Firefox extension has not been discontinued, but simply renamed to OptimizeGoogle.

This extension allows me to anonymise my identity towards Google, remove click tracking (which Google doesn't want you to know about and hence hide with JavaScript), hide ads, and customise a slew of other aspects of the giant's search engine. It alleviates some of the aforementioned concerns, but not all.

Maybe it's time to rethink the way I use the web and lower my search needs.

If you are using Firefox, try it out! If you're still using Internet Exploder, you should not, and instead upgrade to Firefox. Users of other browsers might find similar functionality for their application, or might want to switch as well.

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