Saturday, June 6, 2015

Meet Qwant, and interesting new search engine

While looking for something unique and new to monk with, I found Qwant. (

The first thing I liked about it is that like, Qwant doesn't track you or put you in a filter bubble.

I also like that upon searching for something you get a 3 pane window, in column form.

In the first pane is a regular Google or DuckDuckGo web relevance type search.

In the second pane is any news that may be relevant to your search.

And the third pane covers social conversations that may be relevant.

Here is a screenshot of the info gathered in this three pane setup. I used the rather uninteresting search term of shoes, but you get the point. (Yes I am a white male from the middle of Wisconsin, for me shoes are uninteresting.)

Media type search results such as images and videos have a banner on the top of the three pane search area.

Here is what the Qwant team has to say about their software:

"Qwant was launched in France in February 2013 after two years of research and development. The European search engine continues to grow, innovate and the entire Qwant team is proud to present its new "Beta" version which includes:

A modern and clutter-free design
Ergonomically designed while keeping user experience in mind
New in-depth search functions
An interface adapted to mobile and tablet" -

Qwant has a strange mixture of DuckDuckGo privacy sensibilities, Google search feel, and covers all the relevant fields of today's modern internet in one view.

Here is what the Qwant team has to say about their privacy philosophy:

"What is a cookie?

Cookies are the information stored by your browser, such as your session ID or your preferences.
Qwant's philosophy is based on two principles: no user tracking and no filter bubble.
We make every effort to respect the privacy of our online visitors while providing a safe environment and relevant results.

What is tracking?

Tracking is used to create a user profile, most often for commercial purposes. There are different methods of doing this, including what we call cookies. Advertising networks and other organizations seeking publicity want to collect as much user information as possible in order to provide them with targeted advertisements.

Rest assured, there's no advertising on Qwant, and we don't use those types of cookies!" -

Check it out if you have the notion.

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