Its not yet in the league of big boys like google, bing or yahoo, but a new search engine DuckDuckGo has shown an impressive surge in search traffic recently and has crossed 2.5 million search queries per day mark this friday.
The search engine does not store any user information and this fact alone has contributed to users wary of privacy concerns, flocking to it after the news about the NSA PRISM program broke out this thursday.
I tried it today and really liked it. It feels a lot like early Google, with a stripped-down home page and clean search result page. When you search on DuckDuckGo, what you get first is a definition of the thing you were looking for, followed by links that reference it.
DuckDuckGo's results are a compilation of about 50 sources, including Yahoo! Search BOSS, Wikipedia, Wolfram Alpha, Bing, its own Web crawler, the DuckDuckBot, and others. It also uses data from crowd-sourced sites, including Wikipedia. DuckDuckGo Goodies tucked under More button add to it's coolness factor.
If you want to give it a try here is the link : www.duckduckgo.com