Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st May 2012 22:06 UTC
Internet & Networking According to StatCounter's figures (whatever they're worth) Chrome is now the most popular browser in the world, overtaking Internet Explorer for the first time. How times change. Let's hope Google, Firefox, and Opera have some good Metro stuff coming up, because IE on Windows 8 has a terrible UI.
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Or not
by _xmv on Mon 21st May 2012 23:34 UTC
_xmv
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2008-12-09

http://marketshare.hitslink.com/browser-market-share.aspx?qprid=0&q...

Statcounter stats are pretty flawed. Above stats aren't perfect either, but much less flawed.

To begin with, since Chrome precache links (=it fetches the links even if you don't click them), if you don't count precached links as +1 suddenly Chrome market share looks small.

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RE: Or not
by jessesmith on Tue 22nd May 2012 00:42 in reply to "Or not"
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2010-03-11

The stats do not include pre-fetched links. If you read the FAQs on StatCounter you'll find this:

"Further to a significant number of user requests, we are now adjusting our browser stats to remove the effect of prerendering in Google Chrome. From 1 May 2012, prerendered pages (which are not actually viewed) are not included in our stats."

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RE[2]: Or not
by _xmv on Tue 22nd May 2012 01:58 in reply to "RE: Or not"
_xmv Member since:
2008-12-09

They also said that it made no very little to no change to their stats, which, well, you know, it's not because it's written black & white that it means it's true.

It's obviously not possible to have a so little difference and I believe they did this to preserve their apparent integrity.

Here's a times article that compares all stats from various "counters":

http://techland.time.com/2012/05/21/breaking-chrome-just-became-the...

The disparity is just too big to be legit. Clicky and net applications actually look more or less in the same ballpark (with the difference that netapplication weights by country which explains the IE lead).

In fact, if Netapplication would stop doing that, publish graphs with IE being 5% lower and say that "it made no or little difference", that'd be exactly what statcounter does.

Of course it would be interesting to see the results from adclicks.. err adsense.

Somehow, I don't see them bragging.

Edited 2012-05-22 01:59 UTC

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