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Mozilla's Global Usage Share Continues to Rise

Monday September 30th, 2002

According to OneStat.com, the global usage share of Mozilla 1.0 has doubled to 0.8 percent, making it the Web's seventh most popular browser. Netscape 7.0 has also seen its usage share increase, rising from 0.3 percent to 0.5 percent. However, Microsoft Internet Explorer still dominates the browser market with a total global usage share of 94.9 percent.

Thanks to Martin for the news.


#37 Reasons to suspect inaccuracy

by SubtleRebel <mark@ky.net>

Thursday October 3rd, 2002 11:38 AM

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"Is there a reason to believe they are not?"

Yes there are many reasons to believe they are not accurate. One reason is that there are millions of IE biased sites and it would be rather odd if none of them used OneStat.com, but there are very few Mozilla biased sites and to my knowledge none of them use OneStat.com to keep track of stats. Then there is the fact that not too long ago, the OneStat.com website itself is IE biased; Mozilla based browsers were not even able to navigate the site properly. Another reason is that these numbers do not reflect what I see in web log files for general purpose websites; for example, I help maintain a tourism website that gets several thousand visitors every day and it shows close to 7% of its visitors are using Mozilla based browsers and less than 2% using Netscape 4.x; off the top of my head I do not know the figures for the various versions of IE.

"Tracking usage and growth as one metric (feedback is another) to see user satisfaction and perceived quality and value, to help determine what needs to be done in the project. For example, if feedback is all positive but there's no growth in usage, it could be that PR is the biggest problem."

If the stats are inaccurate then they are useless as any kind of metric. If the stats are biased then they will never properly reflect growth. However, the biased stats can be used to convince some web developers that it is not necessary to write for W3C standards; likewise if the stats were skewed the other way then it would be more beneficial for helping to convince web developers to code for everyone. I suppose Martin posted the info to encourage the Mozilla faithful about the increasing marketshare, but 1% marketshare is not going to impress anyone else and thus the current report has very little real value to the Mozilla community.