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Authored by: robg on May 25, '05 03:54:21PM
I run this question occasionally -- I've been trying to do so every six months or so, but as you'll see, it's not always consistent. This is the sixth time we've run the poll; below are the results from the first five polls, shamelessly lifted from my favorite browser blog entry:
  • Feb 2001: OmniWeb (41%), Internet Explorer, iCab. Note that the site was *very* young at this point, and the results were skewed as most of the readers were early OS X adaptors -- hence we all used the only (and best!) native browser of the day.
  • Jul 2002: Internet Explorer (40%), Mozilla, OmniWeb. The site has grown some now, and more typical users are visiting. IE takes the lead.
  • Feb 2003: Safari (59%), Chimera (nee Camino), Internet Explorer. Safari shipped in January, and by early February, it already had nearly 60% of the Hints readership.
  • Feb 2004: Safari (82%), Mozilla, Camino. Total dominance now. IE has vanished, with less than 2% reporting they use it.
  • Oct 2004: Safari (65%), Firefox, Camino. Firefox has emerged and made a pretty serious dent in Safari's domination (Firefox garnered 18% of the votes, which is basically what Safari lost from the prior poll). IE has dropped to 0.9% usage.
There's one new entry this time (Sunrise Browser), which brings the number of (relatively major?) browsers to 14 (links and lynx share a line in the poll). Amazing...

-rob.

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Authored by: slytle on May 26, '05 08:01:15AM

Rob, it would be interesting to see what your log says. I'd love to compare what people SAY they're using versus what they're ACTUALLY using...


.sly



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Authored by: Shawn Parr on May 26, '05 11:30:57AM

That could lead to inaccuracy as well as when many people are at work they may be forced to use an XP machine, or a differently configured (for who knows what reasons) Mac.

And I know my web stats software, AWStats, doesn't list the OS and the browser version together. Obviously this is not an issue for IE, but Firefox versions are the same on both platforms so the results would be misleading.

Maybe there is a way to tweak AWStats to put those together, I haven't really investigated it, however if the stats software doesn't do that Rob would have to go through the logs by hand, no fun!



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Authored by: robg on May 26, '05 11:46:42AM

Even more confusing are the variety of browsers out there, and the RSS readers which enter the fray (as they report as a browser). The actual stats for the site show NetNews Reader and AppleSyndication (I'm guessing that's Tiger's Safari) at the top of the list :).

-rob.



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