The Fire(fox) in my Belly

It is reported that for the first time since its 1.0 debut late last year, Firefox, rather than gaining, is losing market share (thanks to Richard for the head’s up). It’s a sad day.

Just to help the cause (skew the stats), fire up that Firefox browser of yours and go visit a few extra sites this month. For those of you who are not currently using Firefox, shame on you. The only acceptable penance is to go download it and start using it religiously, making sure to spread it to as many friends as possible. Hurry – GO!

Or perhaps all this weeping and gnashing of teeth is for not. Could it be that Firefox users are not only smarter in their browser choice, but also in their summertime activity choice? Maybe all the (northern hemisphere) Firefox users are out getting exercise and enjoying the sunshine, refreshing themselves for the headlong dive they will be taking back into the Internet pool this fall. Do not fear, comrades, all is not lost!

[Edit: Here’s a great, informed response to this formerly scary news…]

  1. Even assuming the news is true, hard-fact, and not some ploy by these news sources to boost traffic to their own sites, I have a possible hypothesis as to why.

    Most of the early adopters to Firefox are geeky types who like to beta test things. So, we all downloaded FF when it was in 0.8 beta, and started loving it even then. Upon 1.0 release, we evangelized our friends who are late-adopters.

    Recently, Internet Explorer 7 has been released for developers to beta test, and there are quite a few out there. I’d say that this is factor enough to account for the slight percentage drop in Firefox.

    Assuming that IE7 is identifiable by stat-trackers as IE, then that means the stats are true. But, if anything, it doesn’t matter, as this just means that IE7 will eventually be more standards compliant because of all the developers testing it out.

    Anyway, that’s just my flimsy attempt at trying to sound smart. I hope I’m right, and Firefox will still remain the browser of choice for the web elitists. :)
    Nathan Smith is the author. Aug 16, 22:30 is the time. <
  2. No need to try to sound smart – you have already arrived – just look at your design skills.

    And your theory is a good one.

    In considering the issue further, this is just such a meaningless statistic, I’m regretful for even posting it. There could be a million and one reasons, most probable being that the site presenting the statistics is a specific segment of the population, not a true random sample.

    Please forgive my reactionary post, and flog/blog me if you must.
    Nathan Logan is the author. Aug 18, 11:51 is the time. <