DuckDuckGo, Pixlr, Web Tools, and Enrique

So I consulted our web designer extraordinaire, Enrique Diaz, about some photo editing, and, as always, came away with golden nuggets of information. Enrique is the person who put me onto the much-loved, now-disappeared Picnik, which was shut down by Google in April and moved into Google+, where I can’t use the @#$!@#@#$! thing. Today, bless his heart, Enrique made me aware of Pixlr, a usable, free, online photo editor. Thank heavens! (and Enrique).

He also mentioned the search engine, DuckDuckGo to me. They describe themselves thus: “We are a search engine with: ‚Ä¢ Way more instant answers. ‚Ä¢ Way less spam and clutter. ‚Ä¢ Lots and lots of goodies. ‚Ä¢ Real privacy.” Here’s their privacy policy: “DuckDuckGo does not collect or share personal information. That is our privacy policy in a nutshell.” Check it out if you haven’t already; I’ve become pretty disillusioned by Google, given what I’ve read about their privacy policy, combined with the fact that THEY SHUT DOWN ONE OF THE EASIEST TO USE FREE ONLINE PHOTO EDITORS AND CRAMMED IT INTO THE NOXIOUS GOOGLE+!!!!!!!!!!! Ahem. So I am looking for a new search engine that doesn’t make me feel uneasy or unclean every time I look something up, and DuckDuckGo may just be it.

Memo to self: drop in on Enrique more often, use Google less.

More as it happens,


A Serbo-Croat translation of this page has been created by reader Jovana Milutinovich

Cheryl LaGuardia About Cheryl LaGuardia

Cheryl LaGuardia always wanted to be a librarian, and has been one for more years than she's going to admit. She cracked open her first CPU to install a CD-ROM card in the mid-1980's, pioneered e-resource reviewing for Library Journal in the early 90's (picture calico bonnets and prairie schooners on the web...), won the Louis Shores / Oryx Press Award for Professional Reviewing, and has been working for truth, justice, and better electronic library resources ever since. Reach her at, where she's a Research Librarian at Harvard University.


  1. SuperTrooper says:

    Cheryl – You must check out Absolutely as awesome as Picnik and I think better and easier… definitely faster. :)

  2. Knitting Librarian says:

    Halxyon Yarn in Bath, Maine, blogged about their Google experience
    They recommend DuckDuckGo and have a link to a petition: Merchant Center: Keep Google Merchant Center part of Organic Search.