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Jun. 17, 2013 8:30 am

DuckDuckGo’s best week ever: 2.54M direct searches Friday after PRISM news breaks

DuckDuckGo finished its best week ever with 2.54 million direct searches on Friday. That's a 37 percent increase over the number of direct searches made the previous Friday on the Paoli-based search engine that promises not to track you.

DuckDuckGo stickers.

(Photo via Gabriel Weinberg's blog)

DuckDuckGo finished its best week of traffic ever with 2.54 million direct searches on Friday. That’s a 37 percent increase over the number of direct searches made the previous Friday on the Paoli-based search engine that promises not to track you.

DuckDuckGo’s best trafficked week follows news of PRISM, or the federal program that  has been collecting information from the servers of tech companies like Google and Yahoo. It also couldn’t have hurt that DuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg was featured on Bloomberg last week, explaining at least one advantage of using the search engine.

“If the FBI or NSA comes to us, we have nothing to tie back to you,” he said.

Watch the clip below.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technical.ly Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called “It’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.

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  • sea

    a few weeks ago i decided to try and move away from google, i closed my google account and moved to outlook for my email and moved to duckduckgo for my searching i really love that site and the name of the search engine is quite strange for a site like that that i never forget it.

    • kyle

      you realise that outlook is owned by Microsoft. A company that was also afiliated in the NSA spying, right?