Two “Google Killers” Form Partnership

DuckDuckGo Teams Up with Wolfram Alpha

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DuckDuckGo and Wolfram Alpha are two alternative search engines (ok,one’s a “computation engine“) designed to deliver on the user’s search experience in ways that are different from Google’s.

Both have come attached with the fabled “Google Killer” label at one time or another. The notion that either of these are in fact killing Google is absurd of course, but that doesn’t mean they don’t provide interesting alternatives, especially when put together.

The Wolfram Alpha team says on its blog:

As a result of this partnership, DuckDuckGo will expand Wolfram|Alpha integration into its search site and will maintain the now-official Wolfram|Alpha API Perl binding.

Users of the up-and-coming search site DuckDuckGo know that the site is unique because it doesn’t track history, contains less spam, features a cute bow tie-wearing duck, and provides zero-click information that immediately pops up under the search box. Since the release of the Wolfram|Alpha API, DuckDuckGo has been gradually integrating Wolfram|Alpha’s computational knowledge engine into its offerings, providing users with dynamically computed facts.

DuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg (see our recent interview with him here) had this to say:

DuckDuckGo has been using Wolfram|Alpha (via their API) for about two years now. I actually was an alpha tester and authored the Perl API binding. I’ve also open sourced the regular expressions I use to determine if a query is relevant to send Wolfram|Alpha. Needless to say, I’m a big fan.

So I am very pleased to jointly announce that we are now official partners. As a result, you should see an even tighter integration over time. And I will have a more official responsibility of maintaining the Perl API, which is in need of a V2 update (feel free to submit bug reports here via CPAN).

Weinberg recently told WebProNews, “I’m not anti-Google.”

That doesn’t sound like a Google Killer does it?

He did say, however, that DuckDuckGo’s results are just as relevant without tracking your search history.

Two “Google Killers” Form Partnership
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  • http://lsgeekster.blogspot.com/ kira permunian

    I am looking forward to this news. Search is now getting very exciting with this alliance of DuckDuckGo and Wolfram Alpha. Do they have what it takes to be called Google killer? I don’t think so.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      I think “Google Killer” is a very over-used phrase, particularly when nothing has ever come close to killing Google. That doesn’t stop people from prematurely slapping the label on things.

  • http://www.fbtrafficsecret.com Facebook Marketing Plan

    They need to come up with better names if they really want to replace Google. They are not killing anyone with those stupid names.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      Agreed on the not killing part, but keep in mind that “Google” is just “googol” spelled wrong.

  • Arty

    Yeah, I don’t think either DDG or W/A set out to be a “Google killer.” I will say that after using DDG for some time, the results I’ve found compared to Google have been spot-on in regard to relevance. And honestly, DDG’s UI is much cleaner. I particularly like that each search result has the respective website’s favicon beside it. I also dig the updating results as you scroll down (no pagination). But what happened to W/A’s integration with Bing?

  • Bob

    That’s good. One advice I’d give them and they shouldn’t ignore if they want to go anywhere, is that they need to have a presence at Webmasterworld.com That was Google’s darling at the beginning. That was Plentyoffish.com owner’s crib too. Excellent advice and word of mouth from the right people, webmasters.

  • http://thewebsensesolution.com Jon

    Minor testing with DuckDuckGo seems to derive similar results to Bing. WolframAlpha is incredibly slow, I do not have the patience to wait for search results that should be instant.

    DuckDuckGo did not return 0 click results for me. I had to hit enter or click the search button to return any results. (firefox 3)

    I am curious as to how search engines such as DuckDuckGo find my website when I only submit to Google & Bing.

    Do smaller search engines use bots to query the major players for results that the bots can crawl?

  • http://thewebsensesolution.com Jon

    Another interesting tidbit… For a search engine that “does not track search history”, they appear to be using cookie based ads, because the specific book I looked up on Amazon weeks ago (the only product I have ever looked up on Amazon), appeared in an ad at the top of the search results…

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  • http://omega3information.com/ Michael

    Well, we’ve seen too many so called Google Killers launched over the last few years, Cuil anyone? Google is in such a dominant position now, there is only one entity that can bring them down – Google itself.

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    This is good. We have more choices. It’s good to bring in competition.

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