Opera Extension: Search with a random provider every time

Search Roulette is an address field extension that allows you to send your searches to a random search provider every time. Break out of the filter-bubble where you rely on the search results from a single provider. Find new answers and avoid giving all your information to a single company.

Search Roulette is available for Opera.

Your motivations for searching with a different search provider all the time may vary. However, this extension will cover your needs. Personally, I just do not want to grow too dependent or put all my trust in the search results from one company.

Features and usage

Type a dot and space in the address field followed by your search query to search using a random provider. For example, “. little big details”.

The random provider selection can be overwritten for a single search by typing the name of the desired search-provider followed by the search query. For example, “. bing star wars 7” to force the search using Bing.

All searches are sent encrypted directly to the search provider. No additional redirects or tracking. Everything is sent over HTTPS. The source-code is open and simple to read, so this can be verified by anyone.

Future versions

The extension is built on top of the Chromium extension architecture, and the source-code is available on GitHib. Assuming there is any interest in the extension, these are my plans for future development:

  • Customizable list of search providers
  • A Google Chrome distribution

Please leave comments and reviews in Opera’s extension catalog and open issues and ask for changes and features on GitHub.

Update June 2015: Please note that I do not intend to maintain this extension in the future as I kind of lost interest in Opera. The source code is available under a permissive MIT License for anyone interested in updating it in the future.

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