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    Greg_M
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    I yearn for the day’s when Alta Vista was king of the search engines, and I could actually find what I wanted without being second guessed on location, or my tracking profile and there wasn’t a heap of ads, and SEO’d to death crap to wade through.

    Add in Google+, Hangouts, etc etc being rammed down my throat, and I’m a bit “over” Google … “do no evil”, yeah right … maybe a few years ago, not anymore IMOH.

    End of whinge, I’ve found an alternative: https://duckduckgo.com/about, been using it for a few days now as my primary search engine, so far, brilliant. Read the link to the info on “filter bubbles”.

    No ads, no tracking, relevant results.

    As an aside to this and through the info on their site, I found some other add on’s
    http://www.abine.com/. They’ll find and block trackers, give you truly anonymous browsing, and mask you when submitting forms.

    Got interested in the latter as a result of another thread about how our data is tracked as we browse. How we search is a major way to be tracked.

    It wont suit everyone, but old and grumpies like me, are sick of being continually tagged, and dished up rubbish.

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    digitalclass
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    Another option is https://startpage.com/

    Startpage provides Google results, but anonymously.

    Here is some more info: https://startpage.com/eng/privacy-policy.html

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    Greg_M
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    digitalclass, post: 173328 wrote:
    Another option is https://startpage.com/

    Startpage provides Google results, but anonymously.

    Here is some more info: https://startpage.com/eng/privacy-policy.html

    That’s a great link, thanks. I’ll check it out closer, I certainly like their attitude.

    Big Data is haunting us, every bit helps in making a choice who you share with.

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    Cesar
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    Personally, I hate seeing those Spammy looking Google maps with “Cheesy Star Rating” reviews. I think, if we are feeling this way, I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a growing consensus about the ever increasing cluttering effect of their Search Engine.

    I’m sure they are keeping an eye on Bing, however small their market share is increasing, it is an increase.

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    Greg_M
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    It’s a mouthful, but easy to remember.

    Apart from the tracking issues, I just like seeing a choice. I hate any corporate having a monopoly on anything, especially something as powerful as the internet.

    It’s the great leveller in my opinion, not just for information but also business opportunities for smaller players.

    Up until about a year ago, I was Google everything, Apps, analytics, email etc etc … but I started to feel the band tighten, as they reeled me in.

    Open Source code is the key in my opinion to stopping world dominance in software and information distribution, and it’s why I’ll always support, and use it when I can.

    When I started using computers, Microsoft was the 900 lb guerrilla in the room. Google themselves used open source to take them down, and change the playing field. We have a lot more options because of that.

    Now it’s time to chip at Google and keep them honest.

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    Gizmo
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    On the plus side.
    Google knowing what I do means I get stuff advertised to me I’m interested in.

    I’ve actually been made aware of some products of high interest to me.

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    John Romaine
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    Duck Duck Go has been around for years and it’s a great search engine.

    Type in duck.com into the address bar and see where you end up.

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    Gizmo
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    Mean,
    but then again,type

    duck.com

    into

    http://www.yandex.com/

    Which is the index duckduckgo use so you would think they be nice to each other, yet they are not on first page.

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    yifa
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    Gimme Microsoft’s Encarta Encyclopaedia any day! That thing got me through early primary school before I even first uttered the words “wtf is a google?’

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    estim8, post: 173282 wrote:
    I yearn for the day’s when Alta Vista was king of the search engines,

    I remember that, do you also remember astalavista? its still around but changed dramatically.

    Steve

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    Divert To Mobile
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    Teams of psychologists are already getting into my head to trigger emotional need responses. However the data the advertisers have is limited and so is their ability to trigger emotional need responses to their maximum effect (hence I’m still able to save).

    If I were to give them enough data to maximise their ability to profile me and a means to tailor their advertising directly to me then I’d become a shopping zombie with a credit card in each hand.

    Steve

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