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Google Rival DuckDuckGo Hits 14 Million Searches In One Day, 10 Billion Total

By Edge Ison , Jan 23, 2017 02:48 AM EST
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DuckDuckGo has reached a milestone with 14 million searches in just a single day.

The search engine is fast gaining fans because of its main objective of providing people a safer and more secure alternative to other search engines particularly Google, DuckDuckGo has actually been working with Bing, Yahoo, Yandex and Yummly in providing information to its fast-rising number of users.

That fact can be proven by the high number of total searches made on DuckDuckGo since it became operational. Ten billion searches were conducted on the search engine since its conception while four billion of those came during Dec. 2016 which may indicate the sudden surge in popularity of DuckDuckGo as the year ended.

14 Million in One Day

Of the 10 billion total searches made on the search engine, 14 million came on one single day which is a milestone in every right. This happened on Jan. 10 this year. That's a huge leap compared to last year when the average searches per day were only 8 to 9 million.

Charitable Act

DuckDuckGo does not only intend to protect its users' privacy but also help out the community in every way it can. According to reports, the people behind the company have decided to donate a total of $225,000 to charities in 2016. There were nine recipients of DuckDuckGo's good deed and they were:

  • CryptTech Project
  • Freedom of the Press Foundation
  • Freenet project
  • Fight for the Future
  • GPGTools
  • OpenBSD Foundation
  • Open Source Technology Improvement Fund
  • Riseup Labs
  • Tor Project

DuckDuckGo is poised to do even better in the coming days if the 14 million milestone and steady increase in searches are to be used as the basis. The company itself believes DuckDuckGo is on the way up due to people's wishes to remain secure and to not leave that much digital footprint. In fact, a study by Pew Research indicates that 40 percent of people does not want their search provider to "retain information about their activity".

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