September 2008 Archives

Duck Duck Go

A few days ago, I finally shared what I've been working on this past year with the general public: a new general purpose search engine called Duck Duck Go.  (For more info, see this about page.)  It hasn't yet received any press, and I didn't expect any.  Who's going to be first? :)

I was pleasantly surprised, however, that the announcement did reach the top of Hacker News, and stayed there for quite a while based upon all the up-votes it received.  So first of all, I want to say thank you to all those people who up-voted the post.  

I also want to thank all the people (most of which are probably the same) who provided all sorts of useful feedback, which was my motivation for posting in the first place.  You never know what you're going to get, and a lot of the feedback was quite surprising and eye-opening to me.  There was even some humbling praise from random people like @meredydd, @bitbuckt, and @kerendg.  Thanks!

Equally surprising, was that someone submitted Duck Duck Go to reddit, and it stayed near the top of their most controversial page for as long as it could.  I really didn't expect it to be controversial at all!  Nevertheless, I can see where this community is coming from, although I think a lot of the people may have jumped to conclusions about the underlying technology.

All told, the spots on these two social news sites yielded about 8,000 unique visitors (according to awstats).  Needless to say, I am grateful so many people were able to interact with the site this quickly.  I'm pretty certain that these tech-savvy people are not the target market, at least for the site in its current incarnation.  Though, in any case, I am again very thankful for all the insightful feedback.

I'm also pretty sure the traffic will drop back to close to zero tomorrow.  So with all that excitement out of the way, its now time to get back to work!  After all, tis is only the very beginning...