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Browser Trends: The Fall of IE and the Rise of Chrome

browserI just analyzed the statistics for visitors to this site in January 2010 and January 2011.

In January 2010, here were the top four web browsers used by you:

  1. Internet Explorer
  2. Firefox
  3. Safari
  4. Chrome

In January 2011, here were the top four web browsers used by you:

  1. Internet Explorer
  2. Firefox
  3. Safari
  4. Chrome

You'll note the order remains the same, but there were significant changes when you compare the actual visits year-over-year. Here's the change from 2010 to 2011:


Although still the top dog, Internet Explorer visits fell by 14%, despite the fact overall traffic over this period increased by 17.95%. Firefox traffic was virtually unchanged, which means large increases by Safari and Chrome made up the IE difference.

Chrome users increased by 131% in just one year. That's pretty stunning, but maybe not. I'm one of those converts.

Are you loyal to your browser? If so, which one has your heart?

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The Best Google Chrome Extension, Ever

chromeI just stumbled upon a fantastic Google Chrome extension and had to share.

This extension, known as "Nothing", does exactly what it's supposed to do.


You can download it here.

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Never Use MSN Messenger Again

chromeWhen it comes to instant messengers, I'm a Gchat kind of guy, but a lot of people I need to chat with seem to be married to their MSN Messenger.

I hate using MSN Messenger, so I don't. But I need to chat with these MSN Messenger folks, so what's a guy to do? Here's how I roll when it comes to MSN Messenger chatting without touching the MSN Messenger.

Introduce Yourself to Meebo
I was trying to figure out when I started using Meebo for instant messaging, and this entry has me pretty certain it was 2005. That's a pretty long time for a slice of SaaS. Meebo is the last stage of my personal IM evolution.

Simultaneously log in to multiple IM protocols and chat in your browser, using Ajax effects that mimic an installed app. Give Meebo a try and you'll likely never open MSN Messenger again.


Add the Meebo Notifier Google Chrome Extension
I was looking for a nice desktop notifier for messages via Meebo when I found this extension. It does the trick nicely, and gives me a convenient auto-login that makes accessing Meebo from Chrome extra easy.

Add the Meebo Cleaner Google Chrome Extension
This extension is super simple. It simply removes the ad bar at the bottom of Meebo's interface and closes the blog window when you log in. It cleans things up nicely and enhances the experience.

So there ya have it. Chrome + Meebo + Meebo Notifier + Meebo Cleaner = Chatting with MSN buddies without having to open that damn MSN Messenger.

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My Google Chrome Extensions

ChromeA loyal Firefox user since before the thing was called Firefox, I switched to Google Chrome in February. You might have read about it. A month later, I was back to Firefox.

About a month ago, I quietly switched back to Chrome. Now that the Chrome extensions are as good, if not better than Firefox's, it's tough to ignore Chrome's speed advantage. It's just faster.

Here are the Chrome extensions I currently have enabled, listed in alphabetical order. I don't know if you care, but I'm always curious what extensions others are enjoying.

  1. AdBlock
  2. Are You Watching This?! Sports
  3. | a simple URL shortener
  4. Copy Without Formatting
  5. Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer (by Google)
  6. Flickr Upload
  7. Forecastfox Weather
  8. Google Calendar Checker (by Google)
  9. Google Mail Checker Plus
  10. Google News
  11. Google Reader Checker
  12. Google reader RSS Subscriber
  13. Handy Google Shortcuts
  14. IE Tab Classic
  15. Meebo Cleaner
  16. Meebo Notifier
  17. Pendule
  18. Power Twitter for Chrome
  19. Screen Capture (by Google)
  20. Twitter Search Results on Google

If you recommend any Chrome extensions I'm not using, please let me know in the comments.

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Want a Taste of HTML5?

mouseIf you've got Google Chrome, you can get a pretty cool taste of HTML5 right now thanks to a cool partnership between Arcade Fire and Google.

Google took Arcade Fire's "We Used To Wait" and let director Chris Milk do this thing, and by harnessing the power of HTML5 they've created a wicked little experience they call The Wilderness Downtown.

Make sure you enter the address of the home you grew up in when prompted. It really makes this video.

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Chrome is Ready for Prime Time

ChromeThe challenge was simple. Take a longtime Firefox user who is reliant on his FF extensions and get him to switch to Google Chrome.

On February 7th, I updated Chrome and installed a series of extensions that would perform the work of my old Firefox add-ons. If you're curious as to which extensions I installed, all the deets are in this entry.

Google Chrome is now ready for prime time. The extensions available are many and awesome. Here's my extension toolbar as it looks right now.


I still plan to keep my portable version of Firefox up to date, and when I need a second browser instance it will get the call, but I'm going to stick with Chrome as my default browser. It's come a long way, baby.

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The Google Chrome Extensions Challenge

ChromeYesterday, I wrote about web browsers. I've been a Firefox user for as long as the Mozilla browser has had that name, and part of the reason I've resisted the switch to Google Chrome is my reliance on the Firefox add-ons. The fact is, Chrome extensions have come a long way over the past six months, and Elvis convinced me it was time to give Chrome another shot.

This entry is about how I configured Chrome to give it a fair shot against my trusty ol' Firefox. I'll concede that Chrome is faster, and that's what has me rooting for this test to be successful.

The most important extension as far as I'm concerned is Adblock+. I simply can't search the web without it. Thankfully, Adblock+ is available in Chrome, so the test may begin.

The other significant change I had to make is how I manage my Twitter account. I love Twitter, and I've been reading and tweeting from a Firefox extension from Echofon. Echofon doesn't make this extension for Chrome, and I hated every Twitter extension for Chrome I tried last night. As a result, I'm giving TweetDeck another shot.

Now let's look at the Google Chrome extensions I installed and why.

AdBlock+ Element Hiding Helper - This is a must have extension. Use it for one day and you won't be able to live without out. (shorten, share, and track your links) - When I tweet URLS, I shorten them with It lets me measure clicks.

Copy Without Formatting - Sometimes I need to copy text from the web, but I just want plain text without markup. This extension does the trick.

Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer (by Google) - I hate it when I click a link on the web to a PDF and it opens in the browser.

Facebook for Google Chrome - Just a nice way to check my FB news feed and wall without going to Facebook.

Forecastfox Weather - I liked this extension in Firefox and I'm glad it's available in Chrome.

Google Calendar Checker (by Google) - I live by my Google Calendar.

Google Mail Checker - This is the heartbeat of my digital world.

Google Reader Checker - Like Calendar and Gmail above, I read all my RSS feeds in Google Reader.

IE Tab - Some sites require IE. It's nice to be able to see them without changing browsers.

Pendule - This was my find of the day. I love this extension. It does a number of the things the developer toolbar in Firefox would do, and more. It handles pixel measurement, colour picking, CSS viewing and so much more. Many of the Firefox add-ons I needed for work are satisfied by this single Chrome extension. If you're in web development or management, you have to try Pendule.

Picnik Extension for Chrome - A nice extension for taking and editing screen caps.

Now I just need a way to better handle my bookmarks. I've exported them from Firefox and imported them into Chrome, but I don't love the way Chrome handles them. There's gotta be an extension that'll make me happy.

The great Google Chrome extensions challenge begins!

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What Your Web Browser Says About You

firefoxUsing data in Google Analytics, here are the browsers visitors to this site are using. This data was collected over the past 30 days.


Internet Explorer is used by the majority of you, Firefox is a strong second and Safari is a decent third place with a little over 10%. Chrome is the new kid on the block and comes in fourth. No other browser is used by 1% of you.

Here's what your browser says about you.

Chrome - You're a speed freak, looking to get from A to B in as few parsecs as possible. Add-ons be damned, faster is better.

Safari - You're a Mac user and that makes you feel superior to the other 90% of us. Your arrogance is astounding.

Firefox - You hate IE, and that led you to discover Firefox back in 2004. By now you're so dependent on Firefox add-ons you'll never switch, no matter how fast Chrome gets. Your web standards sensibilities and loyalty to the Mozilla Foundation makes you rather endearing.

Internet Explorer - You use the browser that came by default with Windows, and you don't try another browser because you're lazy, disinterested in excellence and without a soul. Yes, I just called 52.39% of you soulless.

The other 1.78% of you using browsers like Camino or Blazer, you're anti-establishment and you frighten me. CSIS has already been notified.

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Ready for Google’s Chrome OS

googleI have an old laptop primed and ready for Google's Chrome OS.

Sources have told TechCrunch that the new Google OS will become available for download within a week.

We expect Google will be careful with messaging around the launch, and endorse a small set of devices for installation. EEE PC netbooks, for example, may be one set of devices that Google will say are ready to use Chrome OS. There will likely be others as well, but don’t expect to be able to install it on whatever laptop or desktop machine you have from day one. Google has previously said they are working with Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba on the project.

Ok, so I likely won't be installing it on my old laptop next week, but it's getting closer. Here's what I wrote following the announcement from Google that they were developing an OS, something I've been hoping for.


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WBC and Google Chrome Logos Separated @ Birth?

BaseballI'm watching the Netherlands trying to upset the Dominican Republic in World Baseball Classic action. Every time I see the World Baseball Classic logo, it reminds me of the Google Chrome logo.

The World Baseball Classic started in 2006 while Chrome didn't get released until 2008. I put the logos side-by-side so you can see the similarities for yourself.


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