DuckDuckGo Ends 2015 On A High Note, Reaches 12M Searches In A Single Day

Privacy search engine DuckDuckGo reported strong growth in 2015, with search queries reaching a single-day high of 12 million on December 14.
Generating more then 300 million searches during the last month of the year, the site saw its average daily search numbers climb from 7.7 million in January to 10.8 million in December.
In 2015 DuckDuckGo turned seven years old with a total of 20 developer meetup groups… The growth we saw throughout the year culminated in hitting over 12 million direct searches in one day in December.DuckDuckGo Blog
While DuckDuckGo has experienced a steady rate of growth for searches since 2011, the search engine saw a sharp rise during 2015.
DuckDuckGo Direct Queries Per Day

Among its highlights for the year, DuckDuckGo boasted an increase in its meetup groups for developers, as well as open-sourcing much of its front-end code, including its Litestrap framework, Instant Answer templates and common styling elements.
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DuckDuckGo Is The Default Search Engine In New Adblock Browser

Today, privacy search engine DuckDuckGo announced it is the default search engine in Adblock Browser for iOS and Android devices.
In addition to being the default for the Adblock Browser, DuckDuckGo says it is working with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on a new “Do Not Track” standard, and also has agreed to sign the “Acceptable Ads Manifesto” – an effort to promote non-intrusive ads – along with Reddit, Stack Exchange and Adblock Plus.
All three of these initiatives are in effort to reduce tracking across the Internet, which will reduce the ads following you around and more questionable issues like charging different prices to different people based on profiling.DuckDuckGo Blog
While ad-blocking has been available on Android phones for some time now, the issue has taken center stage with the release of Apple’s iOS 9 and its new content-blocking capabilities that make it easier to block cookies, images, resources and pop-ups on mobile devices.
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DuckDuckGo Surpasses 10 Million Daily Queries

DuckDuckGo announced they hit a milestone yesterday, surpassing the 10 million daily query mark on June 22, 2015.
DuckDuckGo saw 10,218,617 queries on June 22nd alone. The company gives credit to that surge in users based on them being a privacy focused search engine. Gabriel Weinberg wrote, “we’re proud to be helping so many people take back their privacy.”
Here is the chart they shared showing their steep incline in daily search queries:

As a promotion, DuckDuckGo said they will give out 10,000 t-shirts to those who can help promote their search engine to three additional searchers.
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