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Firefox use slipping? Browser stats

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday March 6, 2006 )

Hrm.. interesting. According to the resource that I reference most often for gauging browser usage, it would appear that Firefox’s ascent has not only leveled out these past few months, but dropped – from 8% to 6% market share.

Based on collated data of over 247 million visitors to their network during February 2006, shows the top 5 having the following market share:

Internet Explorer 6.x – 87%
FireFox – 6%
MSIE 5.x – 3%
Safari – 1%
Unknown – 1%

Firefox’s usage, according to TheCounter, plateaued in December last year at 8%, then dropped to 6% in January. This month so far, it’s accounting for 7% of market share. I had really expected it to climb past the 8% mark in this set of indicators. It will be interesting to see if other research firms’ reports concur.

If the information is accurate, then the Firefox team must be beginning to dread the release of Internet Explorer 7 – although I’m sure that a sizeable portion of its users would be just as happy to remain in the minority, the FF “elite” so to speak.

If IE were to grab back the share they’ve lost over the last couple of years, most of the hackers would follow I guess, leaving Team FF to be able to go back to the claim of having a super-duper more secure application – no malice intended ;)


7 comments for Firefox use slipping? Browser stats
  1. BTW your website looks crappy with Friefox – have you ever heard about W3C Standards?

    The useage of Firefox has grwon from 19% to 19,5% in just few last months. The site has been up for twop years.

    Comment by Hmm — March 6, 2006 @ 11:14 am

  2. Friefox? Is that a new fast food franchise aiming to take on KFC? ;). Just kidding, yep, there’s some stuff I have to do on the site in relation to Firefox, nothing major.

    As for the W3C standards, oh my, that’s an entirely different argument I don’t wish to get into at this time – maybe in another blog post :).

    As for Firefox usage running at 19.5% currently, where do you draw your stats from? My own stats show around 10%; I’ve seen other stats from various research companies showing around the same in the last reports, but I’ve never seen a figure as high as 19.5% – I’m intrigued :)

    Comment by Michael Bloch — March 7, 2006 @ 4:10 am

  3. How old is your site?
    Is 10% taken from your monthly statistic or is it taken from overall statistic?

    In a litte innovative Europe country where I live the usage of Firefox grows.
    [Some IT (not Firefox) related sites have about 50% visitors who use Firefox)].

    Comment by Hmm — March 11, 2006 @ 6:01 am

  4. Taming the Beast in it’s current incarnation is over 5 years old and yes, the design attests to that :). The stats I have on Firefox users are taken over a month.

    By “litte innovative Europe country” you mentioned, I gather you mean Estonia – total population around 1.4 million, correct?

    Something I forgot to factor in to this post about IE possibly regaining ground was Google’s influence in all this – they are pushing FF mighty hard and I’ve heard they are also funneling a fair bit of their own cash into its development.

    So it may well be a huge job for MS to overcome that given G’s clout and the Firefox team may not be worried about the future in the slightest ;).

    Comment by Michael Bloch — March 11, 2006 @ 7:07 am

  5. So you checked my IP :)

    You can’t trust this kind of statistics. For example Opera, which is also a very good browser, identifies itself as a IE by default.

    Comment by Hmm — March 11, 2006 @ 12:23 pm

  6. Of course I checked your IP – you left a phoney email address :); that’s just a good way to get me curious about someone. Now don’t make me start digging around in my server logs too ;).

    I believe that Opera 8 no longer spoofs the IE user agent by default. I’m aware that FireFox also has extensions for changing agents; but I don’t know how widespread it’s used. After all, FireFox users are a fairly loyal and evangelical bunch, and more power to ’em for being that way, so I can’t see why they would want to change agents unless it was to get around site specific issues :).

    Comment by Michael Bloch — March 12, 2006 @ 3:27 am

  7. Ah, here’s the article about Mozilla’s revenue via Google:

    Mozilla gets paid for each Google search query made from Firefox by a user and the revenue runs into many millions of dollars per year. So they aren’t surviving just on T-Shirt sales after all ;). It’s a nice relationship, Google also pays publishers for Firefox downloads via its Adsense program.

    Comment by Michael Bloch — March 13, 2006 @ 2:29 am

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