Sunday, October 01, 2006

Market share of Operating Systems & Browsers for diggers

One of my websites was dugg recently, and I collected a lot of data using google analytics. Considering the large amount of data I collected is representative of current trends in technology usage by diggers, here are the results:

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Market share of Apple and Linux is cutting into Microsoft among Diggers


Apple's market share used to be 5% as declared by Steve Jobs in a keynote last year. Around the same time, they introduced the new intel-based computers, and they've been selling like hot cakes ever since. Apple has 10% of market share among Diggers!

The growth of Linux is also commendable. Linux doesn't enjoy the power of being an organized company, but the power of community is benefitting it.


Firefox is the most popular internet browser among Diggers


This one should be a no-brainer to everyone. Firefox is the leader in browser market. 70% of us use Firefox. But what about the others?

Internet Explorer is a distant second. I wonder why does IE still survive with millions of bugs found and exploited successfully before being repaired. Most probably because it comes pre-installed with the most popular operating system. Or because of higher percentage of masochism in humans than previously thought.

Safari is a good browser too, but loses out in market share because it's Mac only. Now market share of Mac is 11%, and 5% use Safari = half of all Mac users browse the internet via Safari.

The figures for Opera are difficult to explain though...! I have used Opera and found it to be an extremely good browser. I think more people abandoned it in favor of Firefox two years back. Firefox trounced not only IE's market share, but also Opera's.

Related link: http://nixtechnica.blogspot.com/2006/10/how-i-fooled-digg-and-made-it-to.html

21 comments:

John said...

Yes, well... the website in question covers a tech subject. It is common for geeks to use non-MS browsers.

Your stats are therefore corrupted and do not represent average (eg. non-tech) computer users.

Anonymous said...

"Considering the large amount of data I collected is representative of current trends in technology usage"

It's only representative of your site and its readership.

Anonymous said...

I use Safari and In my own thought Safari is the best. A browser is not supposed to be only classified as how it works(no bugs,) it's also how easy the browser is to use, how buetiful the user interface is, and most important how it feels. In those considerations I listed only Safari wins. I tried Firefox and Opera, and it totaly feels different.

Anonymous said...

You have no clue what you're talking about.

Statistics from a blog using a pre-built template do not equal actual, real life statistics.

Rezaf said...

Many non-English language websites are only rendered correctly in internet explorer. Also surprisingly, sometimes websites using Java applets don't work seamlessly with firefox, in which case I have to open an IE window.

Anonymous said...

you should really reword your post. it's misleading, and by no means a statistical representation of anything other than the people who read your site. this gives people a bad impression on how statistical measures actually work.

Anonymous said...

I hope you don't actually believe your own article. There is NO WAY apple has 10% nor is firefox the most used browser. I hate blogs like this. How could you even think the few people that visit your crappy blog represent the overall market? MAYBE if you had 10+ million visits a day.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, your data is incorrect. IE is still the largest browser by a landslide, and Apple has gained a little ground in the past year but its really not enough to count, especially in terms of gaining ground against Microsoft. Apple just overhauled their platform, so if most preexisting Apple owners move to upgrade to Intel (which has a much superior performance, so it's likely) then Apple will enjoy a boost in sales but won't be able to sustain it. What matters is how many CUSTOMERS use each OS, not how many purchases have been made.

themejunky said...

Your site statistics might be accurate if you pulled them from a major web site with mass market appeal, like Yahoo or Myspace.

Instead, you got statistics from a web site visited by Firefox and Apple fans, and (surprise surprise), you get higher than expected Apple and Firefox usage.

Anonymous said...

Are you aware everything on this site is underlined. Using the logic of this Blog, that must mean that 100% of text out there must be underlined.

Anonymous said...

Common stats after being dugg. As mentioned before in the comments, these stats having nothing to do with PC/Browser market share. Thanks for the laugh!

Anonymous said...

Apple and Linux growing, maybe

Firefox growing, also could be true

Firefox more popular than IE, you are nuts! Do you know how many people out there that don't have any idea about computer and are actually using one? Well they are mostly using IE!.

This gotta be the one of the most inaccurate satistic ever collected....

Anonymous said...

"current trends in technology usage by diggers"

Learn to read before you flame people... This is a statistical anaylsis of digg users. So shush.

Anonymous said...

Pardon. Not sure if anyone pointed this out but these FireFox figures are wayyyyyyy off. I am a FireFox user and love it to bits but the truth is that the numbers are backwards. Get it straight.

Anonymous said...

These stats are only based on those coming from Digg. So you can only slightly assume that x percent of users from Digg use Firefox, etc. This does not represent the Internet as a whole. Grossly inaccurate.

Anonymous said...

As a Mac and Firefox user, I believe your statistics completely.

conformnow said...

Why is everyone so upset by usage statistics someone posted about their website. It certainly is valid for a segment of society (the intelligent segment) as well the title notes that this relates to diggers..not to everyone. Some people need to take a deep breath and step away from their keyboards...

Anonymous said...

I'm a Mac user, love Safari but use Firefox most of the time because I'm still finding a lot of sites that haven't been tested in Safari - so they don't work properly. From a functionality perspective I don't have a preference - for my purposes they're similar and easy enough to use. While I think some of the comments people have made about the validity of your results are correct, I do think you're results are on the right track in terms of giving us a view of what's coming on the future. Dell have already admitted in some regions that Intel Macs have started to give them a run for their money in the home market so this is bound to have a visible impact on Windows and IE sooner or later.

Alfredo Octavio said...

Market share is not the same as installed base. Installed base for Mac is fairly big because it isn't sold to businesses that much,

Anonymous said...

How ever you break it down, these statistics cant be used to represent the computer industry at large. There are many factors that come into play, such as the fact that digg has a Apple section, so it is very likely to have a large amount of apple users interest. Another factor is the fact that a large amount of the market doesn't even know what digg is. Given, a large amount of these individuals are people who don't surf much... but the fact is that almost half of the people who use the net DON'T surf much. They mainly get on once or twice a week to check their email and read the news... Not read their mail, check the news, and check out digg. Many can argue to this, but check these stats... http://www.digg.com/tech_news/Statistics_on_Digg_Users . In other words, out of a user base that is more then 50% IT professionals, and 64% of them have a HHI above $75k (i.e., they can actually afford a mac) only 10% use a Mac. This says a lot since the average Joe doesn't know why OSX is better then windows, and many cant spit $2000+ on a Mac when a PC which _they_think_ is comparable can be had from Walmart for $399. But regardless of the flame, here is a more credible layout of these stats.

Keep in mind, these are only major vendors and do not include costom or privately built computers.
http://www.macworld.com/news/2005/03/20/marketshare/index.php

It was hard for me to find a good source for browsers that is uptodate. Many where pre 2004, and some where as far back as 1996. This following link is another "tech" site by far, so its stats do not reflect opon the entire net, but they at least show how wrong your stats are ;) To quote this page:

W3Schools is a website for people with an interest for web technologies. These people are more interested in using alternative browsers than the average user. The average user tends to use Internet Explorer, since it comes preinstalled with Windows. Most do not seek out other browsers.

http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

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