As apparently noticed first by blogger Joey DeVilla and picked up by our own Matt Peckham among many others, fresh stats from webanalytics company StatCounter have Chrome edging past InternetExplorer in market share, at least for a week. It’s alandmark moment in web history — neatly summarizing the fallof IE and the rise of Chrome in one data point which we’llall remember for years to come. Except… Matt, unlike some of the folk who reported on this, used phrasessuch as “if we trust…” and “accordingto…” in his story. Which was smart, because all we knowis that Chrome squeaked by IE in StatCounter’s numbers. It’s one of numerous companies which releasesbrowser market-share figures, and — this may not shock you— there’s no consensus on the precise breakdown.Actually, there are enormous disparities. Roll Forming Machinery
Everybody uses different methodology; everyone uses a differentpool of users which may or may not resemble the web at large;nobody seems to publish a truly comprehensive explanation of whatthey’re doing. And StatCounter is, so far, the only outfitthat thinks that Chrome just took the lead this month. Here’s a chart of StatCounter’s new figures, which are for May 14-20 and are based on 3 millionsites that use StatCounter’s analytics service and 15 billionmonthly pageviews… And here are the numbers from some other organizations.(They’re for the full month of April, so they’re not asup-to-date as the StatCounter data.) Clicky ‘s data is based on the 300,000 websites that use itsanalytics service, and reflects 300 million pageviews a day. Net Applications draws its numbers from a network of 40,000 websites and 160million unique monthly visits, and weights countries to reflecttheir real-world populations. Slitting Line Machine Manufacturer
W3Schools ‘ numbers are for its site only — they don’t claim to tell you anything about the webin general — but that often escapes the attention of peoplewho quote them. (Here’s the L.A. Times declaring that Chrome is already the most used browser on desktops”because W3Schools says it’s so.) W3Counter says that its figures are for the last 15,000 visits to 56,972sites that use its analytics service. Wikimedia ‘s numbers are presumably for Wikipedia and related sites,and are reported two ways: All Requests and HTML Pages. K Span Roll Forming Machine Manufacturer
So let’s recap: depending on which numbers you choose tobelieve, Chrome just became the most popular browser (StatCounter),or was already the most popular browser (W3Schools) or is breathingdown IE’s neck (W3Counter and Wikimedia All Requests) or isin second place but quite a bit behind IE (Clicky and WikimediaHTML Pages). Unless it’s behind both IE and Firefox (NetApplications). Someone who knew more about this stuff than I do might be able tojudge the relative approaches of these browser-trackingorganizations and conclude that one of them has the most reliablenumbers. Me, I’m just throwing my hands up in the air,sighing dramatically and concluding that we can be positive thatChrome is remarkably popular for a browser that’s less thanfour years old.
But that’s all we know for sure.