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Google Chrome world’s most popular browser
ajc.com/business ^ | 5-21-12 | George Mathis

Posted on 05/22/2012 5:04:46 AM PDT by rawhide

The Internet king is dead, or at least has to share the crown.

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, the web browser leader since the Netscape coup (circa 1995), has been surpassed globally by Google’s Chrome browser, according to recent numbers from StatCounter.com. There’s a good write-up at PC Magazine.

Chrome now make up about 33 percent of web traffic, a percentage point or two over IE. Firefox has about 24 percent of the market.

It is quite a change from a year ago, when Google only had a 20 percent share, IE 45 percent. Since then, Chrome has been on a tear: IE has dipped quite a bit and Firefox, largely funded by Google revenues, has remained fairly stable.

Chrome surpassed Firefox to become the No. 2 browser in December.

IE still reigns supreme in North America, however, 38 percent to about 24 percent, but Chrome is gaining ground there too.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.ajc.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: browser; chrome; google

1 posted on 05/22/2012 5:05:03 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

This is funny because people using Google Chrome have the most problems accessing our business’ website.


2 posted on 05/22/2012 5:16:46 AM PDT by LoveUSA (God employs Man's strength; Satan exploits Man's weakness.)
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To: rawhide

“Firefox, largely funded by Google revenues...”

Really? I didn’t know that.


3 posted on 05/22/2012 5:25:14 AM PDT by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: LoveUSA

I moved to firefox several years ago and tried Google Chrome when it came out. I tried it again a few months ago. I still use Firefox. I honestly don’t know anyone that uses Chrome, but hey, I’m in IT. I still know people that use IE.


4 posted on 05/22/2012 5:26:07 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: FrogMom

Is this because of the browsers built into android phones? I’m having trouble believing this stat.


5 posted on 05/22/2012 5:28:06 AM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; stylin_geek; ...

6 posted on 05/22/2012 5:29:20 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: rawhide

Yep. Even I made the switch to a browser based on the chrome source called Iron.


8 posted on 05/22/2012 5:34:01 AM PDT by arderkrag (ABOs are Romneybot trolls. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: cuban leaf
I've been using Chrome for about a year. I only switch to IE when I have no choice. I suppose I would use Firefox more if it didn't take 10 seconds to load.

I can't say for sure why I like Chrome better than the others. I guess it's an aggregate of factors including speed and function.

9 posted on 05/22/2012 5:34:20 AM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: Durus

‘More than likely it’s due to Chrome being bundled with a billion other programs. Same with IE.


10 posted on 05/22/2012 5:40:58 AM PDT by arderkrag (ABOs are Romneybot trolls. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: rawhide

I tried Chrome, but didn’t really care for it.

I will say that on my old WinXP, it would play videos that other browsers would not play, due to newer video codecs and player versions.

It did load a lot of crap and had an insufferable interface that couldn’t be altered.

I still prefer Firefox because of several productivity add-ons. I admit that FF’s recent rapid release is one of the most insane things any company has ever done. I will be glad when they work that out of their system.

Comodo Dragon browser is supposed to be based on Chrome. I have considered trying it, but haven’t yet.


11 posted on 05/22/2012 5:41:50 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: FrogMom

They bid for it.
Google bought a service from Firefox and they get LOTS of cash for it.

“Yesterday Techcrunch reported Google has outbid all other search engines to ensure they remain the default search engine and homepage for Firefox users for at least the next 3 years. The total amount comes to about $180 Million Dollars for 3 years and will account for at least 85% of Mozilla’s funding.”

from here
http://www.shoemoney.com/2008/08/29/would-firefox-exist-without-google-funding

That being said, I don’t trust Google. I have Bing as my search function and use IXQuick for anything I don’t want people to see. Yahoo is set as my homepage just for the mail and to give me some cred if someone is looking. I don’t use their search.

With Ghostery and Firefox, I’m pretty well invisible. I don’t get ads or videos on most streaming sites.

What is interesting is that “Google Anyalytics” is blocked here on FR. So Firefox is trying to use it, but I have it blocked.

About Google Analytics:

Google Analytics operates: Google Analytics, Google Website Optimizer

Google Analytics is a free service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about visitors to a Web site for marketers. Google Analytics makes it possible to track users across search engines, email campaigns and display advertising giving advertisers the opportunity to optimize campaigns on multiple platforms.


12 posted on 05/22/2012 5:46:37 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: LoveUSA

Total BS. I run a site with more than 1,000,000 US visitors per year and a significant amount of foreign traffic.

Last month top 5:

Internet Explorer 45%
Safari 21%
Firefox 17%
Chrome 11%
Android Browser 5%

Maybe there are more Chrome installs (via packaging with other software installers) but Chrome is certainly not the most used.


13 posted on 05/22/2012 5:49:17 AM PDT by sbMKE
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To: rawhide

Explorer takes forever to load...if it even does. Haven’t used it in forever.


14 posted on 05/22/2012 5:54:39 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: rawhide

Chrome is faster. But I am not happy with google’s data-collection-on-you paradigm... and suspect we will find out they’ve been spying on the users of Chrome, at some point.


15 posted on 05/22/2012 5:56:58 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The so-called 'mainstream' media has gone from "biased" straight to "utterly surreal".)
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To: ShadowAce

Traffic for 2011 at my site.


This is the break down for varmintal.com this month to date. I don't agree with the numbers in the article.

Good Hunting... from Varmint Al

16 posted on 05/22/2012 7:04:07 AM PDT by Varmint Al
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To: Durus
Is this because of the browsers built into android phones? I’m having trouble believing this stat.

That was my thought, too. People are forced to have Chrome if they get droid. IOW, people are not leaving IE or Firefox.

17 posted on 05/22/2012 7:20:51 AM PDT by bgill
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To: netmilsmom
Informative post.

Is IXquick almost as good as Google for searching. Good to know that they don't spy on you as Google does. Google turned over all their info to the communist government of China and will ours when China takes over.

18 posted on 05/22/2012 7:30:30 AM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: bgill

If you have Android 4.0, you have the option of using Chrome. It is not compatable with previous version of Android and is not installed on my phone runing Android 4.0.


19 posted on 05/22/2012 7:38:14 AM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: rurgan

>>Is IXquick almost as good as Google for searching.<<

What I have found is that when it comes to conservative political subjects, nothing beats IXQuick. No one wants to be tracked so conservatives and libertarians use it. Therefore your hits will deliver what you want.

For silly things, Google is still number one, but Bing is a close second. My husband used Google, I refuse to. Even for silly things like Hello Kitty or movies, I use Bing and it works great. The biggest problem with Bing is their “safe” filters. I had them set “High” and still got some nude pictures.
I have my kids use Google because they are doing schoolwork and looking up Harry Potter or Avengers. It’s safe for them and gives us a cover from our IP address in case anyone is looking.

I figured it would look weird if we NEVER used Google.


20 posted on 05/22/2012 7:43:23 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: rawhide

I prefer Seamonkey. It’s a Firefox related browser-suite with a built in e-mail reader and a few other programs.

I run it off my thumbdrive using Portable Apps. I can use almost any computer and it always looks just like I want it to. Even has it’s own wallpaper.


21 posted on 05/22/2012 8:12:54 AM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: rawhide
Google Chrome world’s most popular browser

Yet, Internet Explorer has more users than all of the other browsers COMBINED.

IE Rides Windows 7 and 'Beauty of the Web' to Continue Rebound

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/254767/ie_rides_windows_7_and_beauty_of_the_web_to_continue_rebound.html

So, which is it???

IE losing ground, or IE gaining or regaining ground?

Depends...

On which side of statistics people prefer to present or use.

According to the article I quoted above, IE is still way ahead of all the others COMBINED.

Oftentimes, people fail to mention their preferences for using a set of statistics which seem very disturbing for Microsoft, which they, apparently, are biased against.

If Chrome actually had the largest number of users, the MS haters would be touting that statistic, rather than the one they're using, which shows "number of visits". It all depends on which set of statistics is most unfavorable to Microsoft.
22 posted on 05/22/2012 10:06:55 AM PDT by adorno
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To: LoveUSA
This is funny because people using Google Chrome have the most problems accessing our business’ website.

Perhaps it might behoove your business to have a website that uses RFC compliant html. I know that when I go to an IE-only site, I spend just enough time there to let the website know they'll not be getting any business from me.

23 posted on 05/22/2012 11:26:37 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Durus; bgill; arderkrag

Wrong. Chrome only came out for Android in the last few months. Why are you having trouble believing it? Chrome has steadily been gaining market share. I’ve been using it since January 2009, and it’s the fastest. And the security is good. Firefox is good, especially if you like all the attachments, but I found Chrome to be the best.


24 posted on 05/22/2012 1:06:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I’m having trouble believing it because the change came out of no where. It’s much easier to belive that the whoever came up with this was simply wrong or lying. Webdesigners I know don’t even worry about compatibility for chrome, it’s not even part of their testing protcols. I use Chrome, Firefox and IE but the former don’t work for a lot of websites...because people aren’t designing for them as much as latter.

I don’t buy that chrome is “fastest”. Fastest at what? 99% of wait times on the internet are host speed, bandwidth and latency. A browser can’t increase any of those speeds. Speed of embedded code on the website is dependent on the resources of the machine not the browser.


25 posted on 05/22/2012 1:44:54 PM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: Durus
I’m having trouble believing it because the change came out of no where.

Hello? Have you been following the browser market? This didn't come out of nowhere. In every survey Chrome has been gaining market share. In December, they said that Chrome surpassed Firefox. Analysts predicted it would overtake IE this year. Look at the graph. This is anything, but sudden. It was consistent.

26 posted on 05/22/2012 8:24:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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