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%."

#48 dubious stats - get the real deal

by leafdigital

Monday August 4th, 2003 3:32 AM

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We ran stats on two sites here recently. One is my site (main traffic related to Windows software and *ahem* elf porn) and the other one was (traffic related to players of a Japanese board game). Neither of these sites should show strong Mozilla bias. They're small sites - mine has a bit over 100,000 hits per month including image hits etc, has a few more - but large enough to get reasonable statistics.

And the interesting thing is, *both* our sites showed similar Gecko numbers at around 5-7%.

We did the tests using a perl script I wrote (and Tim Hunt modified) which is very basic, but we know (and tested) that it accurately reports the major browsers - IE6, 5.5, 5.0, other, MacIE, Gecko, Opera (even if pretending to be IE), NN4. All other browser families are negligible, and yes we verified this by examining the remaining user agents.

According to the trends, Gecko usage on my site is already nine times higher than NN4 usage, and five times higher than IE/Mac. What's more, Gecko will overtake IE 5.5 by about October - so any web developers who consider old pre-6 IE versions should definitely consider Gecko as well.

In summary: make sure to get the real deal by running stats on your own site using a log analyser that actually works. Don't believe the bullshit 'global stats' counter sites. (For example, at least until recently even the venerable Analog did not correctly detect Opera...)