Scroogle, Private Google Searching, May Close Doors

May 12, 2010 - 7:16 am 3 by
Filed Under Misc Google

Daniel Brandt, well-known for his dislike for some of Google's actions and the owner of Scroogle, said he may close down the Scroogle web site. Scroogle is known for searching Google but with privacy, they promise to not serve you no cookies, not record search-term and delete all access log deleted within 48 hours.

But when the new Google design launched last week, it made it hard for Scroogle to continue. Scroogle scraps Google results and show them to you on their web site. Technically what Scroogle is doing is against the terms of service, but Google didn't specifically target Scroogle with this design change - it was collateral damage.

Scroogle posted a notice explaining why some searches no longer work:

Sorry, but we are unable to provide results from Google.

Most errors are because three or more valid characters must be in the search box before we pass them along. Languages other than English require that your browser support the UTF-8 character set. Sometimes our request to Google does not get through, and you should try again.

Yesterday, it stopped working completely, but it does seem like some of the searches do continue to work.

For some history on Scroogle.org, it was blocked back in 2003 but came back soon after. This site is pretty old, going on 8 years.

Forum discussion at Google Blogoscoped Forums.

 

Popular Categories

The Pulse of the search community

Follow

Search Video Recaps

 
Video Details More Videos Subscribe to Videos

Most Recent Articles

Search Forum Recap

Daily Search Forum Recap: February 23, 2024

Feb 23, 2024 - 4:00 pm
Search Video Recaps

Search News Buzz Video Recap: Google Helpful Content System, Reddit’s Google Deal, Product Variant Schema, Google Ads, Bing Search & Search Volume Predictions

Feb 23, 2024 - 8:01 am
Google Ads

Google Ad Strength For PMAX To Weigh Assets Quantity & Variety More As AI Expands

Feb 23, 2024 - 7:51 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google: You Decide What Old Content Is Helpful Or Not

Feb 23, 2024 - 7:41 am
Google

No Joke: Google Is Paying Reddit For More Content, More Often

Feb 23, 2024 - 7:31 am
Google Ads

Google Ads API Version 16 Now Available

Feb 23, 2024 - 7:21 am
Previous Story: Biking Directions For Android Google Maps & Location Tweets Added To Google Buzz