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If you haven’t switched to duckduckgo yet what convinced me was when @amsomniac showed me the !bangcodes

Basically if you start a ddg search with something like !ebay or !wiktionary it searches that site directly after being anonymized through ddg’s server. So rather than have different search engines in my browser I select it’s just !w for Wikipedia or !translate for google translate

You can even do !g and do an anonymous untracked google search

@shel @amsomniac I totally agree. bangcodes made me appreciate all theuseful site specific searches that are out there & made me think about the web a lot differently.

@shel @amsomniac does ddg proxy those? i thought it just redirects you into the destination's tracked results page

@bonzoesc @amsomniac with google it runs it through encryption I believe? Nadya told me if you do it that way you aren’t tracked and I trust her

@shel @amsomniac neat; i just tried a !g and discovered that my paid account has search history disabled regardless

@bonzoesc @shel

I was totally wrong! Sorry! Duckduckgo !g just redirects to google. I don't remember where I heard otherwise. I'm going to start using !sp instead of !g now... :-/

@shel @bonzoesc @amsomniac sorry, that's not really correct. '!g' lands you on encrypted.google.com - they (Google) know that you did the search - there is nothing anonymous in that.

@shel @amsomniac It's so good. I switched 2 years ago, never looked back. Plus, browser integration is 🔥 !

@shel @amsomniac Bangs are awesome. I sometimes worry DDG isn't as "secure" as Startpage, since it's still US-based, but it's so much more user friendly and using !bangcodes is really handy.

@shel @amsomniac and the best part is they're user-submitted so there are ones for basically every site out there! (Except for lewd ones for some reason). Even super obscure ones! And if there isn't one for a site you use, you can submit it and there will be :)

@amsomniac @shel yup!

duckduckgo is the pirates best friend:

!libgen searches a currently active libgen mirror
!tpb searches a currently active thepiratebay URL
!demonoid searches demonoid

there's probably more I don't know of.

@shel @Terrana @amsomniac
…and you can search for bang codes with '!bang searchterm'

@shel @amsomniac yeah it's cool, but search results that are not in english suck :(

@shel @amsomniac I did NOT know that and I use DDG daily (and sometimes have to resort to google, so that hint alone is worth it)!

@shel oh and qr <string> is great for making quick qr codes

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@shel @amsomniac I've been looking up !bangcodes and enjoying myself. Though I found out "!answer" is yahoo answers and now I'm just screwing around. Can I blame you?

@shel @amsomniac Dang, this is supercool. Why did they hide this coolity? More to point, how did I miss it? Need to dig way deeper. Anybody got any good links toward a deep dive?

@shel Wow. Didn’t know this. Have to try it right away

@shel Well. The search results page returned by Google and YouTube still collects your IP address, apparently

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