Solo Focus: Gabriel Weinberg's DuckDuckGo

Gabriel Weinberg

Successful angel investor and hacker Gabriel Weinberg developed DuckDuckGo as one of his many side projects over the years. DuckDuckGo is a search engine, but beyond being a great search engine, it adds extra features, and is more of a command line tool. Mighty impressive for a solo effort, and no venture capital was needed.

Features of note:

  • zero-click info - get the most common, informative result in a red box at the top
  • !bang shortcuts - try "!amazon paris"
  • regex checker - try "regexp /hel+o/ hello"
  • generate random password – pw
  • As you scroll the results it loads in more results.
  • keyboard shortcuts

Just check the goodies list - it's nuts!

The video is cued so just push play. Thanks "This Week in Startups" for the free blog fodder.

DuckDuckGo has already caught on in the programmer community as a laser/toolkit to go directly to what you need immediately.

I'm looking forward to seeing more about DuckDuckGo in the news in the near future.

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