Privacy-focused Brave Search has completed its testing period and is ready to take on Google

Hardcore geeks are probably most familiar with Brave as one of Chrome’s competitors. But for long now, the firm has supplied more than simply a privacy-minded browser. A year ago, it released the beta for a search engine, too—and today, on its first anniversary, Brave Search has achieved a milestone of 2.5 billion inquiries, with a high of 14.1 million requests in one day.

For a young search engine, these statistics are huge. As Brave boasts in a blog post, it’s earned this milestone quicker than Google (who took nearly a year to fulfil the same objective), plus ran laps over DuckDuckGo. Its privacy-oriented opponent required four years to pass the same barrier. It is no longer possible to use the Brave browser without using Brave Search instead.

Brave Search is unveiling a new feature called Goggles in addition to leaving beta. (Cue numerous future mistakes.) It complements another newly released tool, Discussions, to give a greater swath of material accessible online. Instead of relying only on forums like Reddit, Goggles allows users to customise the results of their searches. You may add your own rules and filters to queries for greater flexibility and better customising of what is delivered in return.

For example, you may reduce the scope of what’s searched or change the order of the results—you’re not constrained by Brave Search’s algorithms. In principle, Goggles should aid when doing narrow searches that might be swamped by broad, popular results or when actively isolating information with specific tones (e.g. left- or right-leaning news sites) (e.g. left- or right-leaning news sources).

Brave Search’s potential user base may grow as a result of this new capability. Since the results that search engines provide to you are based on their algorithms’ interpretations of what is relevant, this provides a more comprehensive and unbiased view of the internet. Goggles’ ability to deliberately seek out diverse angles on search results might help you obtain a broader variety of perspectives, much like asking for numerous opinions on a subject. You don’t have to master the small search phrase tactics that cause Google to filter out SEO trash or to really pull in Reddit articles when using Brave Search to get better-quality, more tailored results.

Go to https://search.brave.com, do a search, and then choose “Goggles (Beta)” to apply a filter to see it for yourself! The Brave Search’s blog article is a good place to learn more about the company’s approach to web indexing and its one-year anniversary.