Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.
Google, news, Tech News 4th July 2014 1739

DuckDuckGo Asks Searching Question

GOOGLE has been taking a pasting recently about privacy.

There are concerns it is tracking our search interests and using the information to support revenue-earning advert placement, deducing our preferences for clothing, holiday destinations, even our charitable interests, and making that information available for sale.

Google is so widely used for internet search, it has given its name to the task.

To find something on the web, you Google it.
Are there alternatives?
Plenty, but many are just plain awful.

I entered 'Solihull' in one and the 'top result' was local job opportunities for vets. General information about the town was nowhere to be seen!

Some netheads rave about a new search engine called Blippex, which gives the highest rankings to pages that people spend a lot of time on, rather than the number of times it is visited.

Results for 'Solihull' suggest that folk spend a great deal of time looking at property pages, and not much else.

Microsoft's Bing is the second-most used search engine, although it is generally recognised to be inferior to Google and it also makes use of your search history.

You may not have heard of the one that most commentators recommend for those concerned about having their searches tracked.

This is DuckDuckGo.

It makes its revenue by placing ads based on just the search term used, which it does not retain, rather than using a tracked search history.

I put in 'Solihull' and got the sort of results I would expect, along with a discreet ad for our Holiday Inn.

Give DuckDuckGo a try, a turkey it is not!

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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