Today I learned: Duck.com redirects to Google, much to Duck…
If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be Google, right?
Until today, if you typed duck.com into your browser right now and smacked the enter key, you’d see google.com appear.
Weird, huh? Particularly considering that there is a search engine known for ducks, and it’s not Google at all — but rather, its privacy-first rival DuckDuckGo, which you’ll find at duckduckgo.com.
Only on Friday afternoon, Google decided to relent, giving DuckDuckGo a shoutout. Here’s our new post about that — our original story follows.
To tell you the truth, Google has actually been redirecting duck.com to google.com for at least six years now. Here’s an article about it from 2012. But I bet you didn’t know, or forgot until now. And it seems a little petty, no?
It’s pretty self-serving for DuckDuckGo to side with the EU against Google, of course. You might think what Google is doing is totally fair, and besides, how many people are really going to type “duck.com” into a search bar if they’re looking for DuckDuckGo?
But either way, it’s not a great look for Google. Seems like either Google’s trying to fool DuckDuckGo’s customers, or Google’s just doing it to annoy its rival.