Mozilla's Global Usage Share Now at 1.6 Percent

Sunday July 27th, 2003

thelem writes: " have released their latest browser usage data. It's as expected, IE6 has made big gains at the expense of IE5, Netscape 4 has made losses and Mozilla and Safari have made gains." thelem adds that IE now has a global usage share of 95.4% (up 0.1 percentage points since February), Mozilla 1.6% (up 0.4 percentage points), Netscape Navigator 4.x 0.6% (down 0.4 percentage points), Opera 6.0 0.6% (down 0.1 percentage points) and Safari 0.25% (up 0.14 percentage points). "These figures show similar trends to those being reported by, although puts mozilla usage at around 2.2%."

#17 Inherently flawed

by JimDabell

Monday July 28th, 2003 2:22 AM

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It's not even the fact that people spoof user-agent strings. What about browsers that, say, listen to the HTTP specification wrt. the back button? The back button isn't supposed to hit the server again, but show exactly what the user last saw. I know for a fact that Internet Explorer goes back to the server (not sure about others). This means that any browser with this behaviour is bound to have numbers that are inflated by the lack of standards compliance. What about browsers that cache poorly? What about all the other ways in which hits don't correlate to page views?

The basic design of HTTP doesn't allow for reliable statistics of this nature. Even if it did, it means nothing for any particular site owner, as demographics can vary widely between different sites, different countries, and so on. Don't put too much faith in these kinds of statistics.