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Shlomo Wiesen
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My specialty is the hi tech sector- I work as an analyst in search engine optimization, so I have an acute understanding of some of the biggest companies in the world, all of whom use search technology in some way, shape, or form (Google, Microsoft, Apple, Twitter, Amazon, Facebook, & Yahoo).
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Kahena Digital Marketing
  • Google Emulating DuckDuckGo Search Results? 6 comments
    Mar 29, 2014 4:39 PM | about stocks: GOOG

    A few months ago, I pointed out that Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is afraid of DuckDuckGo and their huge growth, in the wake of the NSA PRISM scandal.

    After the NSA scandal leak, Google began to raise the percentage of encrypted searches from roughly 50% to a fast track toward 100%. Of course, DuckDuckGo's searches have always been 100% encrypted.

    I noticed in beta testing that Google began to experiment with removing the underline from titles in their search results. And now, Google has officially removed the underline from all SERPS.

    DuckDuckGo search results do not have underlines, and while very speculatory, this could be another item that Google is taking from DDG and copying.

    The search results do look much cleaner now, and I'm sure the switch was backed up by strong A/B testing.

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

    Stocks: GOOG
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  • David Jackson
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    Interesting post, Shlomo; thank you.


    I use Disconnect Search -- any thoughts on that vs. DuckDuckGo?
    29 Mar 2014, 04:44 PM Reply Like
  • Shlomo Wiesen
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    Author’s reply » Wow...I had never heard of Disconnect before, but I love the concept. Though not as clean and easy as DDG, I'm going to try it out a bit. (Funny how they don't offer AOL or Ask in their search engine options- both have higher search market shares than DDG and Blekko)
    30 Mar 2014, 10:49 AM Reply Like
  • Anyoption
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    Very interesting. I have never heard of either DuckDuckGo or Disconnect until today. It looks like they're both offering something a lot of people are wanting in light of the NSA stuff going on. Thanks for posting!
    30 Mar 2014, 05:30 AM Reply Like
  • Shlomo Wiesen
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    Author’s reply » For the record, I still think Google is a better engine than DDG, as DDG simply crawls other engines. But yea, the amount of data that Google has is alarming, leading people in droves to DDG and perhaps Disconnect.
    30 Mar 2014, 10:50 AM Reply Like
  • trexia
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    Is Duckduckgo search infringing on Vringo adsearch adwords patents too like Google?
    30 Mar 2014, 11:01 AM Reply Like
  • Shlomo Wiesen
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    Author’s reply » nope
    31 Mar 2014, 03:28 AM Reply Like
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