Techies Prefer FireFox

At the end of last month, Matt Cutts published statistics that showed how many of his blog readers used each web browser. The results showed that over 57% used Mozilla FireFox while only 26% used Microsoft Internet Explorer. This is a stark contrast to global averages which show that FireFox has a 20% market share compared to around 70% for IE.

The reason for this discrepancy is that the readers of Matt Cutts’ blog do not represent the general public but are largely made up of web designers, Internet marketers and other “techies”. From this, it would seem that techies prefer FireFox. This is certainly true in my experience and some of the reasons for this are that FireFox is much more customisable than IE and has always been better at rendering code (among other things).

Another interesting point to note is that 5% of Matt Cutts’ readers have been using Google Chrome. This is much higher than the national average, which currently stands at less than 1%. This does not surprise me for two reasons. Firstly, Matt has been promoting Chrome a huge amount on his blog recently. Secondly, it is often the people in Internet Marketing and IT industries that try out new technologies. Globally, many people are still unaware of the existence of FireFox, let alone Chrome.

Considering Chrome is still in beta, it has a significant amount of popularity among techies. It may not be too long before this popularity spreads to the general public, especially as Google are planning a big marketing push early next year. It would be interesting to see how Matt’s statistics look six months from now.

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