Firefox Gaining Ground, But By How Much?
from the misleading-numbers dept
One point that kept coming up in the browser wars was that just because IE is installed on every PC doesn’t mean that everyone uses it. Of course, after Microsoft squashed Netscape, the issue faded into irrelevancy. But now as Firefox gains in popularity, browser market share numbers are being questioned once again. Should data peddlers who put Firefox at under 10 percent share be taken seriously when many people have IE but don’t use it, and when technically savvy people — those who surf the most — are more likely to use Firefox? In that sense, Firefox has more “browsed” share than “browser” share. To be sure, it’s difficult to measure exactly which browser people use when they might have two, three, or more loaded on their machines. People might even use them for different purposes and sites. Still, the large numbers and types of people downloading Firefox indicate that much more surfing might actually be done with Firefox than the stats show. While there are a number of measures that can get at more accurate numbers (site stats, user surveys, etc.), the methodology for determining what is actually being used hasn’t progressed much in the past 10 years.