Change the name DuckDuckGo to something more professional (not sounding childisch)

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Created: 2 years and 4 months ago • Updated: 2 years and 4 months ago
Hi, I often try to persuade customers to not use Google and instead duckduckgo. But I always feel awkward, when it comes to the name DuckDuckGo, which sounds to me very childish and not like a professional search engine which is an alternative to Google.

Hence, I vote for a new professional name and logo.

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but you think that google - which was named by a child - sounds professional? how about yahoo - does it sound professional? People are used to the names but they certainly don't sound professional

if votes mattered in this case I would vote to keep the name
posted by buckeye 2 years and 4 months ago Link
I've always liked the playfulness of DDG's name. (it's what orignally got me interested in the engine, before I started learning about privacy.)

If you feel a bit too awkward with the name, you can say "DDG" and give them the domain name ""

It's quite difficult to change the name of a product, especially if the product name is also the name of the company and the main domain name.

However, what sort of name did you have in mind?
posted by MyUser 2 years and 4 months ago Link
A more nicer sounding and catchy word. Maybe a fantasy word.
Or maybe something which says something of the search engine, like "save search" or such. is not really a solution, as it will be forwarded to

"DDG Search" would also be better solution for me :)
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 4 months ago Link
Personally, I think that you might be being overbothered by something that isn't even a problem.

DuckDuckGo is a lovely name for the search engine, and it is here to stay.
posted by Tharthan 2 years and 4 months ago Link
I love the name "DuckDuckGo". I hope it isn't ever changed.

And Buckeye indeed raises a good point: "Google" comes from "googol", which comes from the babyspeech utterances of a mathematician's nephew (or grandson or something like that), when he asked them what they thought the number should be called.

Compared to that, "DuckDuckGo" sounds plenty professional.
posted by Tharthan 2 years and 4 months ago Link
rename DuckDuckGo please.
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 4 months ago Link
posted by Tharthan 2 years and 4 months ago Link
you cannot be serious.
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 4 months ago Link
btw. professional? you mean pro-fay-shun-all?
and what about bing? as in bing-bong. or badda-bing?
and google? thats the sound you make when you gargle.
facebook? thats the conjugated noun for "face booked" as when one gets a picture of one's face when arrested and booked. co-incidentally the site is 'owned' by one who stole and considering the image-grab-job, may still be stealing... like stealing privacy.
and goldman-sachs... as in a "man with the gold sacks america".

what's your name?
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 4 months ago Link
Considering the name is a pun on a children's game (Duck Duck Goose) where the object is to avoid being "it", I would say the name is fitting and smart. Third party advertisers would love nothing more than for us all to be "it" or the "goose" and I suspect the name DuckDuckGo derived out of rebellion to that paradigm.
posted by spacebar 2 years and 4 months ago Link
In other words, we should all be goose-ing searches. Personally, I only find full flavor DDG a bit of a mouthful but my biggest annoyance is definitely in retrieving tabs from the location bar. "ddg insert specific one query of thousand others opened in tab or history here" is easier and faster on typing than "duck that partial". Otherwise, I love DDG for how it throws progeneration professionalism on its head yet does not forget to be a bit witty.
posted by <hidden> • 1 year and 4 months ago Link
Ok I see. Many companies have childish strange sounding names. I wasn't aware of this. Next time I will say to customers, that internet companies seems to like such strange names and give them examples mentioned here :)
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 4 months ago Link