The NSA PRISM program’s revelation, thanks to Edward Snowden, like everything else, has its good and bad side. The good part is, we now know that the NSA has been spying on us and everybody else. The bad part is, the NSA is still spying on us and everybody else.
But there’s another side to the story. And it is: Folks that care about their privacy are flocking to Web and Internet services that offer some guarantee of privacy.
One of those services is DuckDuckGo, a search engine, just like Google. Though it’s not the 800-pound guerrilla that Google is, it has been steadily gaining converts, even becoming the default search engine in the Web browsers on many Linux distributions.
According to a story in The Guardian, the NSA RPISM story has led to a major surge in traffic for the young search engine’s services. Quoting Gabriel Weinberg, DuckDuckgo’s founder, the company went from serving 1.7 million searches per day at the beginning of June (2013) to 3.0 million daily two weeks later.
And I think it will only get better for the DuckDuckGo, which publishes its traffic stats here.