Lies, Damn Lies
Monday, 13 January 2003
Without tabbed browsing, Safari is worthless — or at least,
so sayeth the masses, right? Give me tabs or give me death. Well, apparently, many of you disagree. Fascinating back-of-the-envelope statistics mined from daringfireball.net’s server logs, from Tuesday through Saturday of last week:
Browser Platform Unique Visitors
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Safari Mac OS X 713
Safari v51 186
IE 5.x Mac (all) 318
IE 6.0 Windows 597
IE 5.x Windows 245
Chimera Mac OS X 421
Mozilla (All) 319
Mac OS X 69
Mac OS 8-9 19
Phoenix (All) 128
Netscape 6/7 (All) 54
Mac (all) 17
OmniWeb Mac OS X 56
iCab Mac (all) 18
Opera (All) 64
Mac (all) 4
In its first week of existence, as a public beta with numerous shortcomings, Safari has already become the number one web browser for Daring Fireball readers. I expect it to stay there. (Daring Fireball’s Safari numbers are surely further inflated by the fact that I’ve been writing about Safari all week.)
Chimera, although behind Safari, is more popular than IE Mac. The means the two most popular browsers for Daring Fireball readers on Mac OS X are unique to OS X (and aren’t even available on Mac OS classic), and the factory default browser is in third place. By no means should anyone think that Daring Fireball readers constitute a statistically valid cross section of Mac users in general, but it’s still rather amazing.
A lot of you are reading Daring Fireball from Windows boxes. Get back to work.
More of you are using iCab than Netscape 6/7 (on the Mac, at least). Would you have believed this to be possible three years ago?
Only 4 readers using Opera for Macintosh. Ouch.
Mac users agree: Mozilla stinks.
- Not many OmniWeb users, but (a) OmniWeb can be set to masquerade as another browser, for the purpose of tricking stupid browser sniffers into letting OmniWeb in; (b) Daring Fireball’s CSS doesn’t render well in OmniWeb, so it’s not surprising there aren’t many readers using it (this goes for iCab as well).