DuckDuckGo is my search engine of choice. One of its coolest features is the !bang syntax that helps you in the following way: if you can't find appropriate results on DuckDuckGo, or want to search a specific site or service, then you can use so called !bangs to do that right from the search engine.
Type firefox !ghacks and you are automatically redirected to the Firefox results listing here on Ghacks. Type Macbook Pro !a to be taken to Amazon.com's results for Macbook Pro. You get how it works, right?
You can use the bang syntax for a lot of different sites and services, including download portals, blogs, shopping sites, programming sites and research sites.
DuckDuckGoog is a new search engine that combines the benefits of Google Search with DuckDuckGo's !bang syntax. When you run a classic search on the site you will be presented with encrypted Google search results just as if you were searching on Google directly. The search engine basically redirects to the Google Search results listing for the term that you have entered.
And when you are not satisfied with the results, or want to search a different site, you can use DuckDuckGo's !bang syntax to do so. Search results open in the same browser tab which can be a issue for some, as you need to use the back button to get back to the DuckDuckGoog search interface, or load it from your bookmarks instead.
The only benefit over searching on DuckDuckGo directly is that you save !g when you type in the search query since you can redirect any search directly to Google on DuckDuckGo as well if you append !g to the query.
DuckDuckGoog may raise awareness for the excellent search engine which would obviously be a good thing. The creator of the search engine frontend has even created a page that explains how you can make it your default browser search engine.
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