Last night on impulse I spent a couple hours scripting and graphing and here’s a snapshot of the browser and operating-system market-share numbers as seen by this blog. The big trend is that there are no big trends.
(For a while back in 2005-2007, I published a regularly-updated graph of the browser-market-share numbers. But it was too much work, and seemed less and less newsworthy. I have no plans to repeat this exercise regularly.)
Platforms · Less Mac and more Linux than I would have expected; but what’s really interesting is that, in the last 12 months, not that much has changed.
Browsers · Once again, a remarkably static picture. Well, I suppose Chrome is growing noticeably; but still, the big story is the lack of obvious trends.
Methodology · The numbers are percentages.
The snapshot covers just under a year. This isn’t all the traffic, it’s very specifically the traffic due to humans opening a page here in a browser; that is to say, they’ve followed a link (possibly from a search engine) or a bookmark. The vast majority of actual eyeballs looking this content are using some feed reader or another, and a substantial majority of those are on Macs.
I used Josh Peek’s useragent gem, plus some code I wrote to sort things into bigger baskets. I’ve forked it on github and should really push my add-ons back, but the implementation is surprising [UserAgent#parse returns an Array with methods jammed in via Object#extend (?)]; will have to do some extra thinking to figure out how to add stuff cleanly.