# DuckDuckGone

In an attempt to be like all the cool people, I started using DuckDuckGo as my search engine a few months ago. And, as you can tell from the title, I’ve stopped using it and gone back to Google.

I wasn’t upset. I was surprised by the announcement, but only because I had assumed that Google already pooled all its information sources.

Switching your search engine to DuckDuckGo was one of the most popular methods of limiting contact with Google. Safari makes changing the search engine easy, but only if you want to use Google, Yahoo!, or Bing.

The folks at DuckDuckGo came up with a clever solution in which you

1. Choose Yahoo! as your search engine in the Safari preferences.
2. Add a line to your /etc/hosts file that directed any queries to search.yahoo.com to DuckDuckGo’s IP number instead.

After taking these steps, any query in the Safari search field goes to DuckDuckGo. Unfortunately, the background text in the search field still says “Yahoo!” but you can’t have everything.

I set myself up like this and used DuckDuckGo for over two months, but eventually decided it just wasn’t for me.

The first, and probably least important, reason for me to switch back was its speed. DuckDuckGo is noticeably slower than Google. Even those who’ve switched to DuckDuckGo and like it mention its speed as a downside. This is usually phrased as “It’s not as fast as Google, but that doesn’t bother me.” My translation: “It’s distinctly slower than Google, but I’m willing to live with that.” This is a reasonable position; if I were otherwise happy with DuckDuckGo, I’d be willing to put up with its pokiness, too.