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Browser Stats

  • # January 5, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I was reading an article about Chrome’s usage and I came across their source for browser statistics:
    http://marketshare.hitslink.com/browser … imeframe=M

    I noticed the numbers were much different than anything I’ve ever seen. So then I checked different sources like w3schools – http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp, and I even looked at the same company as the first one but a different study and even IT’S different: http://marketshare.hitslink.com/report.aspx?qprid=3

    All of the ones I look at seem to be dramatically different. Not +- 1 point, but like 8-30 points.

    Does anyone really know who is using what to what capacity? Whose data is actually reliable? Or is it all unreliable?

    # January 5, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    There is no real way to tell except by a websites’ visitor base.

    w3schools for example even mentions that its visitors are more tech-savy than the average user… so they have less IE and more FF, Chrome, etc.

    As in just about everything else: Each demographic has it’s differences.

    # January 5, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Each demographic will certainly be different.

    I have actively put down the ridiculous "industry standard" of using w3schools’ stats. People constantly use it to show that IE6 users are diminishing. If a HIGHLY tech savvy website is still getting 10% IE6 users, I can’t imagine how high that number will be on normal sites.

    # January 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I think these stats are personally a waste of time, I think you should just look at your own website stats and then you can see what people are using for your website, and not just what everyone is using.

    From that you can then pass judgement and see if you can drop the dreaded IE6, but if alot of users are using it then stick with it, whereas a good percentage may be using that browser across the web, but if those people aren’t going to your website, then it is less needed to accomodate.

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