A lot has been written about iOS in the last twenty-four hours, but I wanted to discuss one specific feature that has me more excited than anything else in the release: DuckDuckGo search integration in Safari.
I have used DuckDuckGo as my search engine of choice for awhile now and I always loved the fact that they allow for shortcut searching or as they call is !Bang. Basically, if you want to search a specific site, just put a “!” in front of the name 1 (e.g. !amazon for Amazon search or !wiki for Wikipedia search) and your search term.
Here’s where I get a little giddy. In iOS 8 (and OS X Yosemite, of course), you can set DuckDuckGo as your default search engine and you can search the web directly from Spotlight. See what I am getting at here? I am now able to use the DuckDuckGo’s !Bang functionality right from iOS (and OS X) Spotlight, which immediately opens Safari and searches the particular website I wanted.
If there was ever a reason not to use Google or Bing or any of the other search engine options in iOS and OS X, this is it. Glorious!
That is all.
It is generally pretty intuitive, so if you want to search Youtube or Google (!?) or any other site, try its full name, although there are often shorter versions to save on keystrokes. ↩
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.